23 August 2012

Potato & Chickpea Salad with Smoked Salmon & Avocado


If you can only see my computer, there's an increasing amount of photo albums of food that I have been meaning to share.  My problem is, I am not a planner.  I have never been one and I will never straighten up with one wave of the wand.  I jump from one half-prepared post to another like a busy bee with no real aim.  I have been flying over this post the past few days, abandoned it, worked on another one, then came back to this one again.  See what I mean?  Even I get confused with my round-the-blog movements. 


I've been preparing a post connected to my weekend "sojourn" in Eataly.  If you saw my Instagram pictures this past weekend, you would wonder if I really camped out there.  While our kids spent their weekend with their Nonna (grandmother), my husband and I spent our entire weekend there, going home only to put away our purchases and to eat dinner that we bought from there too.  Saturday and Sunday were exact replicas of each other.  It was too much, wasn't it? 


A friend asked me not long ago what new things I have been putting in my blog.  SALADS.  If the heat won't let up, then I still won't cook anything that requires me to stay in front of the stove stirring.  So here's another salad that you can compose easily.  The only cooking involved is the boiling of the potatoes that you can leave as soon as you set the pot on the stove.  It's a composition of common ingredients so you might have also prepared it already in one way or another.  For the meantime, let me leave you with this post while I go checking on the others that I am planning to share with you. 

Buon appetito!



Potato & Chickpea Salad with Smoked Salmon & Avocado

Ingredients:
Serves 2
  • 3 big potatoes
  • 250 grams pre-cooked chickpeas 
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil 
  • white wine vinegar 
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 red onion, rings (I used Tropea red onion, a very mild one.)
  • parsley, chopped finely
  • baby lettuce
  • 100 grams smoked salmon 
  • 1 avocado, quartered
  • chives, chopped finely
  • balsamic vinegar
Directions:
  1. Boil the potatoes.  When they are cooked, peel and slice.  Transfer to a bowl.  Add the chickpeas and capers.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt & pepper.  The amount depends on how you want the dressing to taste like. 
  3. Pour the dressing to the potatoes.  Mix.  Sprinkle with parsley & onions.  
  4. Compose the serving plate.
  5. Put a portion of potato & chickpea salad on the plate. 
  6. Next to it, put some baby lettuce topped with smoked salmon.  Sprinkle with chopped chives.   Drizzle with lemon (I usually squeeze lemon juice on the salmon because I find them too salty at times.  This is optional.) and balsamic vinegar.
  7. Put half of the avocado on the plate.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  8. Serve cold.


18 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about working on too many things at once, starting and stopping and starting again! I can't wait for your Eataly post - I'm sure it will be a gastronomic delight :). In the meantime, I love the way you composed this beautiful salad!

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    1. Laura, I think you will be surprised that my Eataly post is the contrary of a gastronomic delight. :-) I went for the simple side of it. Thanks!

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  2. School just started here, so I hope things can finally slow down. At least I will have time to get stuff done now! This salad looks wonderful, I love anything with avocaods!

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    1. We have something in common Erin. How I love avocados too! I'm happy that you and the rest of the U.S. moms are back to old routines. We still have about 3 weeks of summer vacation!

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  3. You sound like you had a great weekend and I enjoyed your photos on Instagram too! That's what I need - I need a grandma(s) to watch our kids while we go eat and enjoy... LOL! Looking forward to your posts about that. You know, you are always impressive about constantly cooking and photographing and having so many backups. All moms are busy and you work extra hard! Thanks for always inspiring my friend. :) I love your salad posts and I just don't know why mine doesn't look pretty like yours at all!! Hee hee.

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    1. It is important to have a break sometimes and actually taste what you are eating. But it seems that your kids are well-behaved. :-) Mine are super active! I usually cook new stuff for my family and blog about them, for that I always have a lot of backups. Cooking twice a day can become an accumulation of blog posts! Thank you Nami!

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  4. I love the stuff that you work on so I cannot wait for the next ones to come out. This salad seems so good! Thank you for sharing! Carina

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  5. This could not be healthier with all those fresh flavours. I am a big fan of salmon and avocadoes.

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    1. Aren't salmon and avocados just wonderful? I love them too!

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  6. Sounds like a lovely weekend to me :) And what a delightful salad! I guess the heat waves are everywhere right now...salads are a must :)

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    1. I wish the heat waves will stop soon. It's dragging on too long for everyone! While we are suffering from the heat, salads get us by! Thanks!

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  7. What a beautiful salad composee [yes, I know that needs an accent, but :) !]! I would, first of all, just stare at it awhile before picking up my knife and fork :) ! I am not a big potato eater at best, but love its combination with the chickpeas and all the other ingredients! The recipe and photo are there already for referral - thanks!!

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    1. This plate is one of my favorite combinations. Avocados, salmon, potatoes and capers, what else can I ask for? I'm happy that you like it!

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  8. I can totally relate..I have the same problem, laptop is full of food photos and I get confused what to post next LOL! This salad look stunning, like from the Restaurant. Perfect balance and presentation!

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    1. I'm glad there's someone who can relate Sandra. LOL! And I am also glad that you liked the dish!

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  9. No worries about the blog-around movement! As long as you keep churning out delicious stuff for us to drool over, I'm fine with that! LOL! This is a piece of art work, Rowena. A masterpiece indeed! Nicely plated and I'm sure it tastes delicious, too!

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    1. This is one of my favorite dishes Jen. I love every single ingredient I put in here. I'm glad you like it!

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