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    Insalata di limone — or lemon salad — is a vibrant, fresh salad that acts as the perfect accompaniment when spooned over charred meat, roasted seafood or crusty bread.

    Italian Lemon Salad with Spoon

    A lemon salad may not sound appealing, but the combination of thinly sliced lemons, fresh mint, fruity olive oil, and red pepper addings surprising depth and complexity.

    Italian Lemon Salad on Wooden Cutting Board

    With any dish made up of few ingredients, use the best quality lemons you can find. I like to opt for Meyer or variegated pink lemons due to their milder peel and flavor.

    Insalata di Limone
    Insalata di Limone

    Insalata di Limone (Lemon Salad)

    Adapted from Katie Parla
    A refreshing combination of thinly sliced lemons, fresh mint, fruity olive oil, and red pepper give this salad surprising depth and complexity.
    Prep Time 15 mins
    Resting Time 1 hr
    Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
    Course Salad, Sauces + Condiments
    Cuisine Italian
    Servings 6 people
    Calories 64 kcal


    • 6 organic lemons (Meyer or variegated)
    • 1 handful fresh mint leaves (torn)
    • 1 tsp peperoncino or red pepper flakes
    • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (high-quality)
    • sea salt


    • Halve the lemons lenghtwise and slice into paper-thin half-moons, about an 1/8-inch-thick or thinner. Discard any seeds. Stack the slices and cut into thirds.
    • In a medium bowl, combine the lemons, half of the mint, the peperoncino, and the olive oil. Season with salt and toss well. Set aside to marinate for at least 1 hour. Serve garnished with the remaining mint.


    Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 127IUVitamin C: 1mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword lemon, meyer lemon, mint
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