Giada De Laurentiis' Sicilian Salad Is Causing A Hungerfest On Instagram

If you live in a warm climate, some summer days can be exhausting. Not only do you have to deal with the dangers of dehydration and the discomfort of sweatiness, but you also have to confront an occasional loss in appetite. Nutritionist Kerry Torren explained that "in the summer our appetite tends to be reduced, especially when we're feeling hot. One reason for this is that the body tries to regulate our body temperature by cutting down on heat-generating functions like the digestion of food," via BBC Good Food.

One of the best ways to combat a lack of appetite in the summer is to eat light and refreshing meals. Snacking on fruits and vegetables filled with high water content, such as strawberries, cucumbers, celery, and melons, is also a great idea, while smoothie bowls and summer soups are also worthy go-to's. Another meal you can never go wrong with? A summer salad. There are so many salads that are perfect to make in the summer, from a Greek salad to a Cobb salad to a Niçoise salad. If you are on the hunt for another dish to work into your rotation, Giada De Laurentiis's Sicilian potato salad also has all of the fixings for a light summer lunch.

The Italian star's Sicilian potato salad

If you like your salads loaded with veggies, Giada De Laurentiis's Sicilian potato salad might be right up your alley. On her Instagram, the "Everyday Italian" host demonstrates just how simple this salad is to make. De Laurentiis chucks in baby potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, olives, and red onion into her hearty salad and tosses it with a simple dressing of oregano combined with lemon zest and juice. Not only is this salad fairly easy to make, but it can also be prepped in advance. According to the Food Network star, "it gets even better after a few hours of marinating." 

Some users seemed enthusiastic about this dish in the comments section. One user wrote, "this was awesome, making it again soon," while another commented, "I am now hungry!! I need this." Many other users took to the comments section to suggest additional ingredients and alternatives that could be included in the salad. 

One of the best things about this type of dish? It's fairly easy to add or leave ingredients you like or dislike. Cento, an Italian food distributor, offers up another take on the Sicilian potato salad. This recipe also incorporates capers, celery, white wine vinegar, and olive oil but leaves out green beans, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different foods and flavors!