Sunday, 30 October 2011

Post-Deli (Octopus) Salad

We went food-shopping in the morning - I love the market near us - and bought loads of lovely food. We were heading out again later for a heavy meal so I whipped together a quick and tasty salad for lunch. I doubt anyone would have all of these ingredients to hand midweek, so it's very much a post-weekend-deli-shop kind of meal.

  • a few handfuls of small pasta (I used tiny macaroni)
  • a handful of asparagus
  • one ripe tomato
  • a heart of lettuce or a small gem lettuce
  • a handful of olives
  • 150g marinaded octopus
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 generous tsp dijon mustard
  • a few shavings of Parmesan cheese

Boil the pasta according to its packet instructions, until al dente. Cut the asparagus into bite-sized pieces and steam above the pasta for 4-5 minutes, until green and tender. Chop the tomato into small pieces and shred the lettuce. Pit the olives and halve (or halve and pit, if you don't have an olive pitter!). Cut the octopus into bite-size pieces. Whisk together the oil, vinegar and mustard, taste, adjust and season. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve with a few shavings of Parmesan scattered over.

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