Spinach salad with taramasalata dressing


So, so, I was getting really exciting for Greek pic-nic and kite-flying day – Clean Monday or Kathari Deutera as we call it over here. Yet, for another year the weather has turned a little cloudy, a little too windy and a little wet. Honest, I am no weather winger, I haven’t complained since I left London, it is steadily sunny and warm and soooo bright. But not this weekend – it’s going to be pouring down and anyone going to fly a kite is certain to re-enact Benjamin Franklin’s experiment. So food, console one self with food. A light salad with taramasalata dressing

You possible remember that Clean Monday is synonymous to a sea-food feast. A lot of octopus, boiled or grilled, served with olive oil and vinegar, a lot of calamari, our favourite is fried; pulses and pickles are on the spotlight too. Given the miserable weather, I think the menu of the day will incorporate a heart-warming bean soup – fasolada – along with some delinquent sides of shrimps and calamari and of course taramasalata. After experimenting with 3 different types of taramasalata, I played around with cod roe a bit more and what came out was a lovely dressing for salad. Crunchy spinach, peppery rocket leaves, succulent cherry tomatoes all topped off with a rich cod roe dressing.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 400 gr spinach
  • 150 gr rocket
  • 15-20 cherry tomatoes

For the dressing

  • 1 tsp cod roe
  • half an onion
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon for its juice, to taste

taramasalata dressing

What to do:

  1. Use a food processor to mix the cod roe and onion, for approximately a minute.
  2. Start adding the olive oil, bit by bit until you get a smooth and runny mixture.
  3. Add some fresh pepper and then the lemon juice, slowly and taste your dip to adjust it to your preferences.
  4. In a large box mix the spinach and rocket leaves and pour over the cod roe dressing.
  5. Toss and you are ready to serve


With love from Athens

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11 thoughts on “Spinach salad with taramasalata dressing

  1. Frankie Beane says:

    What are rocket leaves? They look like dandelions leaves? You know how everything has different names in different places. Really looks refreshing. I am still waiting for the first hint of Spring. I think I saw buds today.

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