5 Easy Traditional Italian Columbus Day Recipes

Celebrate your Columbus Day with these five easy traditional Italian Columbus Day recipes. From Caprese to meat sauce, these recipes are sure to make your Columbus Day memorable.

Caprese Salad

This fresh starter is perfect for Columbus Day.

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  1. Prep your kitchen. Slice the tomatoes and the mozzarella.
  2. Assemble the salad. Top each slice of tomato with a slice of mozzarella, then a leaf of basil. Drizzle with olive oil and top with salt and pepper to taste. Chill and serve cold.


This Columbus Day classic is so simple!

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • Basil
  • French bread
  1. Prep your kitchen. Preheat your broiler. Slice the bread, put slices on a baking sheet, and top with olive oil. Broil until just brown. Chop the tomatoes, basil, and onion. Mince the garlic.
  2. Mix the bruschetta. Mix together the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and basil. Mix in olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. Assemble the bruschetta. Top the bread with the tomato mix and serve.

Garlic bread

This classic is so much easier than it seems, and will make any Columbus Day memorable.

  • French bread
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Prep your kitchen. Slice the French bread in half. Mince the garlic. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Melt the butter. Add the garlic to the stick of butter in a bowl and melt it in the microwave.
  3. Top the bread with the butter mix and the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Broil until golden brown.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad

This salad is so fresh and easy to toss together.

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Parmesan
  1. Prep your kitchen. Wash and chop the lettuce. Mince the garlic.
  2. Toss your salad. Toss the garlic and lettuce together with a few splashes of olive oil. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste. Toss in the cheese. Chill and serve.

Meat Sauce

A perfect pasta sauce is easier than it seems and is a great main course for Columbus Day.

  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  1. Prep your kitchen. Chop the onion and basil. Mince the garlic. Cook the beef in a large pan over medium-high heat until cooked through, then drain.
  2. Add the tomato, herbs, onion, and garlic to the beef. Mix well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for another twenty minutes. Toss with your favorite pasta and serve.
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