This is a Sicilian salad traditionally made to be consumed during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. More of it is made than can be eaten the first day, and each day thereafter fresh ingredients are added to replenish the ones consumed. That is the explanation of the name insalata di rinforzo, “reinforced salad.” The original version has pickles, which I have replaced here with red bell pepper. It is admittedly less seasonal, but I found the pepper’s mildness desirable in a salad that can become quite sharp.
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