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Use Trader Joe’s Products for a Summer Side Dish Recipe

An Antipasto Salad makes a quick, delicious side to a barbecue extravaganza.

07/12/2011 // New York, NY, USA // AndreaLynn // Andrea Lynn

You have the hamburgers, the hot dogs and all the fixings to pile on them. But have you given a thought to the side dish recipes? With summer grilling fun, who wants to spend all day cooking when they could be out enjoying the festivities? Summer cooking calls for quick and easy sides for the grilled fare that make everyone light up. Released earlier this month, the I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook features several recipes that are sure to make this Independence Day the best yet. With great food like Bacon Cheeseburgers and Chilean Style Hot Dogs, the cookbook has everything you need to really get your celebration going. Each recipe in the cookbook is designed to be simple and quick, and they all feature Trader Joe’s low-cost, high-quality ingredients. The Antipasto Salad is quick to whip up and tasty, to boot.

Antipasto Salad

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

The word antipasto refers to the traditional first course of an Italian meal, which includes a platter of cured meats, artichokes, olives, and cheeses.

1/2 (8-ounce) package Citterio Fresco Sopressata Salami

1 (14-ounce) jar artichoke hearts, drained

1 (8-ounce) jar Trader Joe’s Dolmas

1 (12-ounce) jar Trader Joe’s Giant White Beans

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Cube the salami into bite-size pieces. Place in a medium bowl.

2. Cut the artichoke hearts and the dolmas in half. Add to the bowl with the salami. Add the entire jar of beans to the bowl, stirring to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Author Andrea Lynn is an NYC-based food writer and recipe developer who has tasted almost every product Trader Joe’s has on the market (favorites include the chocolate-covered edamame and the ready-to-eat pulled pork). The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook: 150 Cheap and Easy Gourmet Recipes by Andrea Lynn is available on or at Borders, Barnes & Noble and Urban Outfitters. For more information, email

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