Country Salad (Lidia Bastianich)

READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Fill a pot or saucepan with 3 quarts water, and heat it to boiling.
  • Tear off any tough leaves at the base of the cauliflower and cut out the core; break or cut the large branches in to small florets, drop them into the boiling water, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Lift from water, and drain well in a colander; when cool, put the florets in a large bowl.
  • As soon as the cauliflower is out of the pot, return the water to a boil and drop in the potatoes; cook them at a gentle boil just until a knife blade pierces the center easily--don't let them get mushy.
  • Drain and briefly cool the potatoes; peel them while still warm, cut into 1/4-inch dice, and put them in the serving bowl with the cauliflower.
  • Peel and core the apples; cut into 1/4-inch dice, and add to the salad bowl.
  • Trim the radishes, quarter them in wedges, and drop into the bowl along with the diced onion, cubes of Asiago, and toasted walnuts.
  • Sprinkle the salt over the salad pieces and toss; drizzle the olive oil and vinegar over the salad and toss; sprinkle on the parsley and toss once more, and serve.