Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shay's Mediterranean Sweet Pepper Salad with Papita's

Fried plantains and this sweet pepper salad go so well together.

Papita's (sweet fried plantain) Recipe Part 1:

Green plantains
Looking for a snack, here it is! It's  quick easy and delicious. This is what you will need.

1 soft plantain (not too soft -yellow) and ( not too green and firm)
1 small bowl of water
2 teaspoons of salt
2-3 cups of vegetable oil
1 small shallow pot/deep dryer

Cut the ends of the plantain, slice straight down the middle with a knife. Peel plantain open, discard skin and slice plantain into slices shown above. Add plantain slices to hot oil. Once the plantain obtain a light golden color remove from oil and set aside on a paper towel, until plantains are done. Lower temperature slightly, then add salt to bowl of water, then dip individually slices into water and place back into hot oil (caution, oil may splatter so be careful). Let fry until a golden brown and remove from oil. Repeat until you finish.

peeled plantain

My good friend Shay is from Baghdad and every time I have lunch or dinner at her place, she makes these bright and delicious salads. She made this the other day and I had to share it with you guys.

Shay's Mediterranean Sweet Pepper Recipe

3 cups of mixed baby arugula & baby greens
2 sweet yellow peppers (chopped)
2 sweet orange peppers (chopped)
2 sweet red peppers (chopped)
1/2 cucumber (chopped)
1 tomato (diced)
1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 green pepper (chopped)
1 chives (diced)
4 tablespoons of feta cheese/goat cheese

In a medium sized bowl rinse greens, once drained add cucumber, peppers, tomato, chives and squeeze lemon juice over greens. Drizzle olive oil, add salt, pepper and feta cheese. Garnish with favorite dressing and enjoy.

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