love salad

The Love Salad

Let’s celebrate the first recipe on Skitikkio with one of my family’s best kept secrets. Salads with boiled potatoes, tomatoes, onions, capers, anchovies and many other Mediterranean classics are very common in Sicily. Especially in Palermo.

In my hometown the greengrocers spend all day boiling potatoes in big cauldrons in the streets. So you can buy them steaming hot whenever you want (even H24!) for a quick snack on the road. Otherwise you can go back home with your little treasure and prepare a quick salad with some of the ingredients that you can always find easily in the fridge of a Sicilian family.

Palermitan greengrocers are also suppliers of many other street food delicatessen (roasted onion, roasted peppers, boiled artichokes in lemon water etc.).
I promise a complete reportage about that during my next travel in Sicily.

Going back to our salad. This is my family version. My mom’s tricks are basically three. Prepare the dish the day before (so all the flavors will blend well), cut all the vegetables in very tiny cubes and the infallible method “a stricasale”.

Stricasale (literally “salt-brushed”) is a good way to make raw onion softer and milder. In other words, appreciated even by those who usually dislike them.

But, why “Love Salad”? That’s an easy recipe, but it requires a bit of time and patience but it’s worth it. In short, a real treat for someone you really love.

Check out the recipe below for all the details and let me know if you try it!

Ingredients €3.50 (4 Servings)

  • Extravirgin Olive Oil 2 units
  • Red Onions 2 units
  • Potatoes 2 units
  • Tomatoes 2 units
  • Celery (a couple of stalks) 2 units
  • Green Olives 15 units
  • Red Wine Vinegar White, if you prefer a delicate taste 2 units
  • Salt (one pinch) 1 unit
  • Black Pepper (one pinch) 1 unit
  • Oregano (one pinch) 1 unit

Boil and peel the potatoes. Let them cool completely and put them in the fridge. In the meantime peel and dice the onions. Put them in a colander add a couple of spoons of salt and brush them with the salt so that they expel their water.

love salad

Rinse the onions with fresh water and squeeze and drain. Add the salt again and repeat the process until the onions become soft. Put them in a bowl.

Dice the potatoes (it works better if they well chilled), the tomatoes, the celery, and the olives, and add them in the bowl with the onions.

Season with salt, pepper, oregano, olive oil, and vinegar and let it rest at least for a couple of hours in the fridge.

Serve it as a starter or a side dish. It matches perfectly with grilled meat or fish.

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  1. The trick of washing read onions with cold water and squeeze them is also well know in the east side of Sicily 😀

    nice blog 🙂

    • skitikkio Reply

      Thank you Angelo for having inaugurated the comments on Skitikkio! No salt for the “Stricasale” on the east coast? 🙂