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Insalata Vastasa

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insalata vastasa, all ingredients -potato, tomato, onion and olives - straight from the greengrocer, mixed together and served; simple

Insalata vastasa

Insalata Vastasa is a perfect dish to bring along to work or school. It tends to be even tastier the day after preparation. The impetous character of vinegar smoothens, and tastes blend. If you have it with bread, start eating the salad and keep the bread aside. Mopping up the juice is nothing less than paradisiac. Insalata vastasa never lets you down.
  • Prep Time 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time 30 Minutes
  • Total Time 60 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 300 kcal


  • 600 grams of potatoes
  • 300 grams of green beans
  • 200 grams of tomatoes
  • 1 big red onion
  • 40 grams of green olives
  • 40 grams of black olives
  • red wine vinegar
  • Oregano


  1. Boil the potatoes and green beans separately
  2. Finely slice the onion
  3. Let the potatoes and beans cool down
  4. Mix all the ingredients
  5. Add oil and vinegar
  6. Store in the fridge for a couple of hour minimum
  7. Dust some oregano before serving


Insalata vastasa translates as uncouth salad. In Palermo you can buy all ingredients in one single shop: a greengrocer. They sell boiled potatoes and beans. They are boiled in marmites and have a particular (good) taste.Adding ingredients is not considered cooking. Hence it is 'vastasa', not putting great effort in cooking. Insalata vastasa is a summer salad in Sicily. But don't let that be deterrent for having it in other seasons.Regarding the vinegar, be careful. Better use a little less. Or a sweeter vinegar. Served with bread, this insalata can easily become lunch or dinner. Actually, an excellent lunch during a torrid day.

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