Street salad (Insalata di strada)

Italian Potato Salad

Serves 4-6

  • 500 g new potatoes, scrubbed

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 handfuls mixed crunchy salad leaves, such as, radicchio, rocket, romaine

  • 1 small handful fresh mint, leaves picked and torn

  • 1 bulb fennel, halved and finely sliced, herby tops reserved

  • ½ Cedro lemon, sliced wafer thin, optional

  • For the Sicilian blood orange dressing

  • juice of 1 blood orange

  • 3 tablespoons good-quality white wine vinegar or herb vinegar

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 good pinch dried oregano

  • 2 tablespoons capers, washed if using salted, chopped if large

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

The way potatoes are cooked in Sicily is very long and very slow, on a low simmer with plenty of salt in the water. This is a fantastic method of making normal potatoes soft and floury, but in the case of new potatoes it would be a crime. So add them to fast-boiling salted water, as this will help retain a lot of their flavour, and cook them till nice and tender. The softer you can get them while still holding their shape, the better. While the potatoes are cooking, wash all your salad leaves and put them into a nice big bowl with the mint and fennel. If using a Cedro lemon, add the slices to the salad at this point.



For the dressing, mix the orange juice and vinegar in a glass jar or bowl with about twice as much extra virgin olive oil. Add the oregano and capers and season to taste with salt and pepper. Give it a good mix and have a taste. Don't forget that you want the flavour to be a little over the top, so that by the time you've dressed the salad with it and it has mixed with all the other flavours it's perfect because it's become more subtle. Drain the potatoes when cooked, then allow them to steam in a colander for 5 minutes. Throw them into the salad while still warm and toss together well. Absolutely fantastic – great with a plate of grilled fish or as a lunchie salad on its own.

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Street salad (Insalata di strada)

Crunchy leaves with homemade Sicilian blood orange dressing

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Inspired by traditional market stall grub, this kinda-dressed potato salad is absolutely gorgeous
Serves 4-6
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In Palermo there's a night market called Il Borgo, where all the locals gather to eat at little stalls selling things like chickpea fritters, boiled baby octopus and some stuff that you wouldn't want to eat, like gizzards, spleen and other dirty wobbly things! A lot of the veg stalls have massive cauldrons of boiled potatoes and artichokes to serve to their customers – I guess you could say this is the original fast food – and they tasted absolutely brilliant. Some of the stalls also make a version of this salad, which is absolutely delicious. They tend to dress it and have it hanging around for quite some time so it becomes a bit sloppy and past its best, but the principle of the salad is fantastic and all the locals absolutely adore it. In Sicily you can get these terrific Cedro lemons which are mainly pith and they are amazing in salads – but you may not be able to get hold of them. In this case I wouldn't recommend you use normal lemons as the flavour is quite different.

The way potatoes are cooked in Sicily is very long and very slow, on a low simmer with plenty of salt in the water. This is a fantastic method of making normal potatoes soft and floury, but in the case of new potatoes it would be a crime. So add them to fast-boiling salted water, as this will help retain a lot of their flavour, and cook them till nice and tender. The softer you can get them while still holding their shape, the better. While the potatoes are cooking, wash all your salad leaves and put them into a nice big bowl with the mint and fennel. If using a Cedro lemon, add the slices to the salad at this point.

For the dressing, mix the orange juice and vinegar in a glass jar or bowl with about twice as much extra virgin olive oil. Add the oregano and capers and season to taste with salt and pepper. Give it a good mix and have a taste. Don't forget that you want the flavour to be a little over the top, so that by the time you've dressed the salad with it and it has mixed with all the other flavours it's perfect because it's become more subtle. Drain the potatoes when cooked, then allow them to steam in a colander for 5 minutes. Throw them into the salad while still warm and toss together well. Absolutely fantastic – great with a plate of grilled fish or as a lunchie salad on its own.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 82
    4%
  • Carbs 15.4g
    6%
  • Sugar 1.7g 2%
  • Fat 0.5g 1%
  • Saturates 0.1g 1%
  • Protein 2.6g 6%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 500 g new potatoes, scrubbed

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 handfuls mixed crunchy salad leaves, such as, radicchio, rocket, romaine

  • 1 small handful fresh mint, leaves picked and torn

  • 1 bulb fennel, halved and finely sliced, herby tops reserved

  • ½ Cedro lemon, sliced wafer thin, optional

  • For the Sicilian blood orange dressing

  • juice of 1 blood orange

  • 3 tablespoons good-quality white wine vinegar or herb vinegar

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 good pinch dried oregano

  • 2 tablespoons capers, washed if using salted, chopped if large

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper