Friday 24 June 2016

Spelt salad with tomatoes and grilled swordfish

10 minutes to prepare  • Serves 4


BBQ salad.
Is it an oxymoron?


No summer BBQ is complete without a guilt-free side dish or two.
There's always the basic green salad and the grilled veggies, but what if you want to mix things up a little this year?
A spelt salad — packed with fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, grilled swordfish, and basil — might be just what you need.

This salad has all the right things going for it: chewy spelt, juicy tomatoes, plus a punch of protein from the swordfish cubes.
You toss everything with a sun-dried tomatoes based dressing — with basil and sun-dried tomatoes — and dig in.

Simple, wholesome, delicious — I think you just met your summer salad soul mate.

Here are ingredients for the 4-serving recipe:

280 g spelt
600 g fresh ripe tomatoes
100 g sun-dried tomatoes preserved in EVO oil
10 basil leaves
400 g fresh swordfish cut into 2 thick slices
EVO oil
salt and pepper

  1. Start by cooking the spelt: add the grains to the pressure cooker, along with 1 liter of water and close the lid securely. Bring the cooker to high pressure, and begin timing. The spelt will need 15 minutes since now to be ready
  2. Meanwhile peel the tomatoes, remove the seeds and cut them into cubes. Place them in a colander to drain
  3. Wash the basil leaves and place them in a blender together with the sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of EVO oil, a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Blend for few seconds until coarsely pureed
  4. Eliminate any skin from the swordfish
  5. Heat a grilling pan and, when it is hot, cook the swordfish, turning them on both sides, for about 5 minutes
  6. Cut the swordfish flesh into cubes of about 2 cm side and place it in a salad bowl
  7. After the 15-minutes cooking time of spelt grains has passed, let the pressure come down naturally. Once the pressure has dropped, open the lid and check if it is done. If it is, drain the spelt and drop cold water on it. Then, collect it up in the salad bowl
  8. Add the sun-dried tomatoes cream and the fresh tomatoes to the boiled spelt and stir to mix
  9. Before serving, add more EVO oil, freshly ground pepper and salt if needed...enjoy!

In the table below Nutrition Facts are detailed for this appetizer. Data is provided per serving.

All normal people love meat.
If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say 'Yo Goober! Where's the meat!?’
I’m trying to impress people here Lisa. You don't win friends with salad.

(Homer Simpson)

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