Authentic Mediterranean food features locally grown wild greens and vegetables. This simple potato salad recipe is infused with flavors of olives and capers and can accompany any summer meal. It also eliminates the heavy mayonnaise that is often included in the American-style potato salad with which you may be familiar. The heart-healthy fats found in extra virgin olive oil are a key feature of traditional Mediterranean fare and are a staple of the centenarian diet.
3 medium potatoes, peeled if desired
4 cups water
4 large tomatoes, slices into wedges
½ medium red or sweet onion, halved and sliced into rings
½ cup Sicilian olives, drained (see notes)
1 ½ tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
Yield: 8 servings
Notes: Sicilian olives may be available at specialty food stores, often at an olive bar. If unavailable, substitute Kalamata olives.
Per serving: 148 calories, 3 g protein, 26 g carbohydrate, 4.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 162 mg sodium