Saturday, July 7, 2012

Summer salad with rocket and grilled veggies

This is my last summer's idea for a light dinner. I used an ordinary frying pan instead of a grilling pan and regretted it.
Zucchini has some demonic powers of absorbing all oil from the pan. I had to drain the excess fat on paper towels.

Apart from that, the salad is mighty simple and extremely tasty.
I didn't use any sauce because the salad was moist enough for me.
Garlic bread goes perfectly with this salad.

Some facts: 
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes (or as long as you grill your veggies)


  • 1-2 cups rocket (roquette)
  • 2- 3 cups iceberg lettuce
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 cup green olives (stoned)
  • 1-2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2-3 slices pancetta or bacon
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons all purpose spice
Cooking Directions

Wash and dry rocket. Shred iceberg lettuce. Mix both in a bowl.

Slice or roughly chop zucchini. Sprinkle it with all purpose spice or salt and leave for a couple of minutes to release juice.

Chop bacon and fry on low heat. Add minced garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels.

You can either grill zucchini and pepper or fry them. They tend to absorb fat while frying, so you may need to drain them on paper towels before putting in the salad. You'll save yourself some work if you grill them. Grill till they get soft enough for you. Leave to cool.

Chop tomatoes and cut olives in half.

Put all ingredients in the bowl. Toss everything together a couple of times.

Serve with garlic bread.

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