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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Capricciosa salad (Insalata capricciosa) (Italian)

This is a classic Italian salad one can find at many delis and salad bars all over the Western world. It contains crispy salad leaves with cubed bell peppers, celery root, ham and cheese and everything is dressed with a creamy mayo-yogurt sauce. Legend has it that this salad was designed in medieval times to please even the pickiest of noble ladies (the name capricciosa means picky lady) :). 
The freshly home-made version is of course the best :).

Last year: Spring potatoes with ramps and pine seeds.
Two years ago: Turpork (Romanian porcurcan).
Three years ago: Romanian Pasca (Easter cheese and egg cake) with raisins and Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and potato) with rice and raita (Indian).

Ingredients (serves 1-2):
  • 2 handfuls of mixed salad leaves (lettuce, romaine salad and raddichio)
  • 50 g diced celery root
  • 50 g diced bell peppers
  • 25 g cubed cheese
  • 25 g cubed ham
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put the salad leaves in the serving bowl. Dice the celery, bell peppers into small cubes. Also cube the ham and cheese if they're not already cubed. Place them on top of the salad.

In a small bowl/glass, mix the yogurt, mayo, lemon juice and pour it over the salad. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Let the people for which the salad was intended to mix the dressing into the salad just before eating it. It's done, dig in! :)

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