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