Purslane, onion, and strawberry grapes with anthotiros crumbles salad

| September 8, 2015 | 8 Replies

Finding inspiration from the traditional Cretan cuisine always fascinates me and allows me to connect with the beauty and simplicity of the ingredients. Purslane, onion and strawberry grapes salad, topped with delicate yet fresh Cretan anthotiros crumbles, is a contemporary version of the plain purslane and onion salad that my grandfather used to make.

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I can tell thousands of stories connected with the Cretan cuisine and grandpa, but the main point is that the Cretans have been respectfully taking advantage of every local ingredient ”sprouted” on the island. Quality and flavor counts! My goal here is to recreate the ”old” recipe by giving extra color and bring the best out of the two main ingredients. Purslane and onion. What can make this salad special? First of all we used a precious gift. Organic strawberry grapes (sweet taste), purslane’s lemon aroma (sourness), anthotiros (salty taste), olive oil (fatty acids) = balance.

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Strawberry grapes (or pink grapes): It is considered as an old variety and is believed that has Greek origins (domestic cultivation). They do have seeds in the core, but the taste is similar to strawberries, delicate sweet cause of the natural sugars. Once bought bring the bunch close to your nose. Feel their floral aroma note.

Anthotiros or athotiros [ανθότυρος ή αθότυρος: anthótiros or anthótiro]: Traditional unpasteurized Cretan cheese made from ships or goats whey and local produced fresh milk. Fresh presents moisture 70% and drιes (matures) by time (dried anthotiros) and it contains about 16% fat. The cheese is shaped in truncated cone molds. When matured it has a greyish hue like ash has, on the outer layer. This doesn’t mean that effects in any way the white inner part. At least but not last this cheese is called anthotiros in Chania and the rest areas (Heraklion, Rethymno, etc.) of the island call it mizithra [μυζήθρα mizíthra]. Sorry for not posting anthotiros images, but my family ate the most of it and spoiled the photo shoot.

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Purslane: Once a friend told me… ”Why should we eat purslane? Goats and birds eat it, not humans!”. Purslane is not a well-known ”herb”, but is loaded full of good nutrition facts/benefits equal to salmon. Just click on the following link purslane the green beneficial weed to find more… and to keep experimenting with taste, try fried eggs with purslane, capers, and feta cheese recipe.

Servings: 2 

Ingredients: purslane,-onion,-and-strawberry-grapes-with-anthotiros-crumbles-salad_4in

  • 1 bunch purslane, tender parts
  • 1 red onion, narrow wedges*
  • a handful of Greek strawberry grapes, pips removed
  • 60-80g Cretan anthotiros, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons Cretan extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cretan red vinegar

Instructions:

Wash purslane, onion and strawberry grapes under cold running water; then dry them.

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and vinegar.

In the same bowl place purslane, onion wedges, strawberry grapes. Toss well with dressing.

Divide into two portions and just before serving add the anthotiros crumbles on top.

3 More positives:

  1. Super nutritional
  2. Sugar-free dressing
  3. Salt-free recipe

The original salad/recipe is quite simple.

I will mention the ingredients below, but the only thing you have to do is combine them all into a bowl and then stir well using your hands. The ingredients are: purslane, onion, olive oil and vinegar. Make sure to use the purest of ingredients. This is the big secret, my cooking secret…

* make radial onion cuts (cut slices from pole to pole).purslane,-onion,-and-strawberry-grapes-with-anthotiros-crumbles-salad_5in

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  1. sonia says:

    An easy delicious salad!!!! Well done, my friend!

  2. Κρυσταλλία μου έχεις εξάψει την περιέργεια. Δεν έχω δοκιμάσει ποτέ purslane.(λες να βρώ εδω στην Αθήνα σε βιολογικό μαγαζί;) ούτε τέτοια σαλάτα εχω φάει.. απίστευτο τι θησαυρούς κρύβει η Κρήτη. Οι φωτογραφίες σου επίσης είναι υπέροχες.

    • Editor says:

      Καλή μου Ίρις, η purslane φυτρώνει παντού και μπορείς να τη βάλεις στις γλάστρες σου, σε οποιαδήποτε γλάστρα, γιατί πιάνει εύκολα ακόμα και σε μια σπιθαμή χώματος. Την επόμενη φορά που θα επισκεφτείς τη λαϊκή δες στους πάγκους με τις ”πρασινάδες” και ζήτα τους ΓΛΙΣΤΡΙΔΑ! Πωλείται προς 0,40-0,50€ το μάτσο (τιμή 2015). Χε χε δε σε κοροϊδεύω πάντως, η γλιστρίδα ή αντράκλα μπορεί να θεωρείται αγριόχορτο, αλλά είναι παν-θρεπτικότατη. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες για τα καλά της γλιστρίδας μπορείς να δεις στο άρθρο Purslane the green beneficial weed http://www.mycookingsecrets.com/purslane-the-green-beneficial-weed/

  3. φαίνεται υπέροχη!!
    ωραίος συνδυασμός υλικών! 🙂

  4. Maria Lg says:

    Αντράκλα-ανδράχη-γλυστρίδα ή όπως αλλιώς και να την ονομάσετε και σε όποια εγκυκλοπαίδεια και αν ψάξετε και όποια τα οφέλη της, ένα είναι σίγουρο: επιφέρει ευφράδεια και ταχύτητα λόγου, γιαυτό λέει η λαϊκή δοξασία ” γλυστρίδα έφαγες”? γιαυτούς που μηλάνε πολύ.
    Αυτό που δεν θα πιστέψετε είναι το πόσο την αγαπάνε τα καναρίνια, σταματιμό δεν θα έχουν όταν κελαϊδάνε.
    Αγοράσετε την άφοβα και φροντίστε κάποιο κοτσανάκι να έχει έστω και δύο μικρά ριζάκια ή να έχει μαύρα σποράκια. Θα πιάσει αμέσως και στο πιό μικρό γλαστράκι.

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