Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella was a Roman soldier and farmer. He was also a prominent writer on agriculture in Roman times.
Columella’s writings show that the Roman people ate salads which were varied and interesting:
Put savory in the mortar with mint, rue, coriander, parsley, sliced leek, or, if it is not available, onion, lettuce and rocket leaves, green thyme, or catmint. Also pennyroyal and salted fresh cheese. This is all crushed together. Stir in a little peppered vinegar. Put this mixture on a plate and pour oil over it. (Columella, Re Rustica, XII-lix)
For a real Roman feel, you could serve your Columella Salad alongside pitta bread, dates or grapes, or why not try making Libum, a type of Roman bread?
Follow a recipe; follow food safety & hygiene rules; tidy away; use measuring jugs and spoons; cut using the bridge/claw safely; snip herbs with scissors; tear herbs; crumble ingredients.
Chopping board, knife, blender or pestle and mortar (optional), small bowl, serving plate/bowl.
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Sulphites | Milk
Ingredients (serves 4, or 8 as a side salad):
- 100g salad leaves, washed and dried
- 1/2 small leek, washed
- 15g coriander
- 15g parsley
- 1 sprig of thyme
- 1 tbsp wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 100g feta cheese, reduced or low fat
- Cut the leek in to small pieces and add to the blender, or pestle and mortar, with the coriander, parsley, oil, vinegar and pepper. Blitz (or grind/crush) to a paste. If you don’t have a blender, or pestle and mortar, finely chop the leek, parsley and coriander (or snip with scissors), and mix together with the oil, vinegar and pepper.
- Put the salad leaves on a serving plate and pour over your paste/mixture, mixing gently to ‘dress’ the salad leaves.
- Crumble the feta cheese over the dressed salad leaves.
So thinking about Columella's Salad ...
Salad leaves are low in calories and contain fibre and a range of vitamins and minerals, depending on the type of leaves. Salad leaves can be very good for our overall health, providing not too much high fat dressing is used.
Feta cheese is a source of protein and calcium. Although lower in fat than some cheeses it should be used sparingly due to its very high salt content.
per 76g serving
% of an adult's reference intake
Typical values per 100g: Energy 772kJ / 186kcal
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