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Tunisian Boiled Salad
Like many of our recipes, our Tunisian Boiled Salad recipe and its description come from a native of Tunisia. This Mediterranean country filled with history and natural beauty offers delicious food, too! In addition, many of the Tunisian dishes offer great nutrition. But, Tunisia rests in North Africa on the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, you will recognize the Mediterranean influence in the simple ingredients listed. Further, the flavors combined with nutrition encourage you to enjoy this often. Most people immediately notice the unique spicy flavors of Tunisia. In fact, this sets it apart from it’s neighbors. However, the combination of spices with the Mediterranean influence creates this unique cuisine. However, please don’t expect a gourmet meal from authentic Tunisian dishes. While some might fit gourmet, traditional Tunisian meals combine easily obtained foods for health and nutrition. With that in mind, let’s reveal this authentic Tunisian Boiled Salad recipe.
Tunisian Boiled Salad
as written by a native Tunisian…
Tunisian Boiled Salad, translated from its original name ‘ slata masmouta’, is a salad that we, Tunisians, use as an entree dish, taking advantage of its fully healthy composition, and simple to use preparation, to enjoy something delicious and beneficial at the same time. Based on boiled ingredients, it offers you a unique taste, free of any carbons or microbes, providing you with clean and well dressed vegetables and plants. So, here is the recipe !
- 2 each:
- Tabil ( Tunisian spice) (see recipe here)
- 2 bunches of parsley, chopped
- ½ cup peas (Tunisians call these beans but they are what Americans call peas)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil, about 1-2 T. Adjust as desired.
- Cube potatoes and carrots.
- Place in pot, cover with water, and boil about 10-15 minutes, until almost done.
- Add peas and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, until all vegetables are done.
- Combine in a bowl with remaining ingredients. Use just enough olive oil to blend.
- Serve fresh while warm.
- True traditional Tunisians boil their vegetables. However, you might also choose to steam or even bake or grill the potatoes and carrots to retain the most nutrients. Or, use minimal water when boiling.
- Likewise, you might choose to add vegetables of your choice to increase the nutrition and flavors.
Parsley- Nutritional powerhouse that helps keep us healthy!
Indeed, such a minor appearing green, this little darling offers help with:
- cancer prevention
- digestive and kidney support
- anti-inflammatory effects
- fighting bad breath
Read more about Parsley health benefits HERE.