Salad of Leeks

Salad of Leeks Piemonte Recipes

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks.

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

This salad was prepared for quick lunch while farmers had a break while working in the fields. The eggs were boiled the night before and canned tuna was very easy to maintain and quick to add. In addition, the leeks were put to marinate in the morning just before to get out in the earliest morning. Now this recipe tells to marinate for at least 2 hours and it works perfectly, but believe me, if you double the time the leeks are much more delicate.

An healthy lunch idea

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

This is a peasant recipe. But do not make my same mistake I did: do not think this is a “difficult” salad due to the leeks, because they have a strong and persistent flavor. Soaking the leeks into the acidulated water makes sweet their flavor. It is a complete healthy lunch idea with a lot of taste. But it could also be used as a starter or as a rich side dish.

A pinch of Italian style

Of course, you could dress it with your preferred dressing sauce and it will fit perfectly but if you would like to bring on your table a piece of Italy – of Northern Italy in fact – use one of the typical Italian Vinaigrette made with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper.

My adjustment for a worldwide home cooking

In the original recipe the cheese used is a kind of robiola cheese typical of Piemonte. It is the Robiola of Cocconato d’Asti, a fresh and compact cheese. It is very different from some other Italian robiola cheese much more like to cream cheese like Philadelphia. To adapt it to an international cuisine you can use a fresh cheese like queso, or similar. You might chose it using three criteria:

  1. freshness: be sure that the cheese you are choosing is very fresh white cheese
  2. soft and compact: its consistency should be compact and easy to be cutted into cubes
  3. milk taste: it should have the taste of fresh milk, not too savory and absolutely not spiced.

And that’s it! Hope you enjoy.

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

Salad of Leeks

Prep Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 4

Salad of Leeks

A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

Ingredients

  • 5 leeks
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 oz tuna
  • half endive
  • 2 ounces queso cheese (diced)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • For the Vinaigrette
  • the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel the leeks by cutting them into 2 or 3 pieces taking the white parts (and putting aside the green ones that can be very useful for making soups and vegetable soups)
  2. Place in a large bowl to soak in water acidulated with vinegar and lemon juice for about two hours
  3. While the leeks soak keep going with the preparation!
  4. Wash and thinly slice the endive
  5. Chop hard-boiled eggs with a knife
  6. Chop tuna with a fork
  7. Dice the queso cheese
  8. After two hours, remove the leeks from water and slice into thin slices
  9. In a large bowl place the endive, then the leeks, then tuna, diced cheese, chopped boiled eggs
  10. Separately prepare a vinaigrette with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix the ingredients with a fork to form a fluid emulsion
  11. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and serve
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 A savory, unconventional, Piemonte, really easy salad with eggs, tuna, endive salad and leeks. A Piemonte healthy lunch idea recipe.

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