insalata vastasa recipe

pragmatic recipe

Vastasa in the office

This 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.

Boiled potatoes

Boiled green beans

Red onion

Green and black olives


Vinegar (red wine vinegar preferably) 

Olive oil

Mix all the ingredients

It is up to you to decide the quantities, make it potatoes rather than beans based or vice versa; some add baked onions instead of fresh one, some are generous with the vinegar, others with oil. 

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Free advice on the vastasa salad

Although it might not show, there is an equilibrium in this salad. As it often happens in the Italian and especially Sicilian kitchen, better leave something out rather than adding it. Allow me some examples of what shouldn’t go in: cheese, corn, radicchio, lettuce. Rather not but allowed and cleared by Sicilian gourmets: carrots, celery and anchovies. So don’t be ‘vastasa’ and stick to the recipe.

Forsee forsaw forseen

Yet another interesting advantage of this salad is that you can prepare it in advance. Even the day before. Which, in some way, makes it even more vastasa.

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