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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Shady Lady salad... must share.

Good evening, beautifuls!  One for the tum here.  It has only been after SO wanting to share this dish with you, and researching it a little to explain the gorgeous mood that it puts me in, that I realise it was a recipe I laughed out loud at a few weeks ago- that recipe was loosely translated as "Whore's Spaghetti"

I guess then, this makes this "Whore's Salad"

Salad Puttanesca ~ the Shady Lady salad

The story goes:  Puttanesca gets it's name because it was so quick and simple to make, prostitutes in southern Italy would quickly dash to make a bowl to revive themselves between clients.  As believable as this is (because it IS quick!), another description I found...  

"[Puttanesca is] a little salty (from the anchovies)... a little spicy (from the capers)... and a little fragrant (from the garlic & the olives)" 

... may also explain why the salty, spicy, fragrant ladies of Italian nights had a dish named after them.

This dish is rich in natural, health-giving fats, greens and power-packed protein; and bursts with mediterranean summer flavour.  We are lucky enough to buy here (UK) a jar of "Puttanesca"- anchovies, capers and black olives preserved in olive oil- from Waitrose- I hope in Australia, Woolies; or State-side, Wholefoods or TraderJoes, sell a complete jar too! The speed of the dish is because all these fiddly yet delicious ingredients, a staple of Italian cuisine, can be added together, as in Italy.

Dark green leaves, diced cucumber, tomato and onion, a generous squirt of lemon, and a protein serve like chicken breast (shown here) or- my favourite; it seems to intensify the flavour- tuna- complete the "Whores salad":  a delicious, body-enhancing dish.  


How to:
Serves two for lunch or light dinner- no cooking required

  • 4 handfuls baby spinach
  • 2 handfuls mixed baby leaves and herbs
  • 1/2 cucumber, de-seeded, diced
  • 8 cherry vine ripened tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 onion, I like red here, diced,
  • 150g each person of cooked chicken breast or tinned tuna, organic/sustainable wherever possible
  • 4 tablespoons Puttanesca mix or 100g mixed black olives pitted; capers, drained; anchovies, drained and crushed; with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Do it now!
  1. Mix the protein with Puttanesca mix and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Add all other ingredients and toss.  
  3. Divide between two serving bowls, garnish with cracked black pepper, and serve.
OM, that name!!! makes me giggle everytime.

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