The exotic and curious name of the Pansy salad Comes from the island in which it has its origin, Pantelleria, which is situated between Sicily and Tunisia. Its location makes its gastronomy have strong Italian influences, although impregnated by certain ingredients and Tunisian ways of preparation.
The pantesca salad is characterized by its Strong and intense flavors , In addition to offering Aromas Which make mouth water. However, it is a simple dish to prepare and fortunately, you will find most of the ingredients in the vegetables section of your local supermarket.
- Capers (Approximately 25)
- 4 medium potatoes
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 20 olives
- Basil leaves
- 1 red onion
- Virgin olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
Once you have all the ingredients, the preparation of this salad is very easy, so you will get a very exotic product, with intense flavors in a short time. It all depends on how long they cook their potatoes.
Bring water to boil in a pot and when it is bubbling, add the potatoes after washing them very well, Without peeling or slicing . The cooking time may be about 15 minutes, but before you remove them, make sure they are ready for the test with a fork.
When they are cooked, remove them from the water, remove the skin and cut them into slices. Store in a bowl.
Apart, you proceed to cut all other ingredients as follows. Cut the tomatoes in half and Olives . For the onion you should do the same, but instead of cutting it in half you should do it in feathers. For basil it is best to crumble it well with your hands. Capers are served whole.
At your service, You must first put the potatoes into slices on a large plate, then add the tomatoes and olives in halves, onions in feathers, capers, oregano and crumbled basil. You can season it with the olive oil, the vinegar of Red wine And salt, although this will depend entirely on your preferences or tastes.
Once you have finished, you can serve as a companion for any type of dish, although they are especially delicious if served as a garnish of fish dishes.
- Capers are one of the most used ingredients in the Pantelleriana gastronomy, so you will see it frequently in their preparations.
- You can soften the onion a little in case you do not like raw , Although this will subtract a bit of freshness and intensity to the salad.
- One of the biggest advantages of this dish is that it can be served cold or hot.