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Insalata d’orto

This simple ‘garden’ salad comes from the kitchen of Italian food writer Ursula Ferrigno, and is in her 2003 vegetarian cook book Truly Italian. As a casual learner of bits of Italian, I was surprised to see the dish names for ‘d’orto‘ rather than ‘il giardino.’ Now, I never did Latin at school, bit I do know that if you learned Latin in a British school, then you will know all about the derivation of ‘d’orto.’ For those of you, I will just leave this here …

Caecilius est in horto

Insalata d'orto

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By Ursula Ferrigno Serves: 4
Cooking Time: None


  • For the salad:
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 16 baby plum tomatoes, halved
  • Handful parsley, chopped
  • Handful fresh mint, chopped
  • For the dressing:
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



Combine all the chopped ingredients in a bowl. Add the oil and lemon juice, toss and season.

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