Chargrilled Vegetable Salad
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 or 1527 – 11 July 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.
These works form a distinct category from his other productions. He was a conventional court painter of portraits for three Holy Roman Emperors in Vienna and Prague, also producing religious subjects and, among other things, a series of coloured drawings of exotic animals in the imperial menagerie. The still-life portraits were clearly partly intended as whimsical curiosities to amuse the court, but critics have speculated as to the degree of serious engagement with Renaissance Neo-Platonism or other intellectual currents that they have.
Suggested by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, this colourful and delicious ‘still life’ of warm vegetables, with a tangy balsamic dressing is one that any Italian master would love! Serves 4