Friday, 30 August 2013


“A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Tom Stoppard

This salad is a complete meal in itself, served with some crusty bread.

Mediterranean Salad


4 large ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 Lebanese cucumbers, washed, not peeled, chopped
1 large capsicum, cut into fine slices
5-6 sprigs of fresh purslane, roughly chopped (see photo above)
1 onion cut into rings and then halved
1 tablespoon capers
Salt to taste
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Prepare and combine all the ingredients together just before serving. This is a salad packed with nutritional goodness:

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea): Common garden “weed”, containing omega-3 fatty acids (α-linolenic acid); Vitamin A (high!);  Vitamins C, B group; iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium & manganese; reddish beta-cyanins & yellow beta-xanthins (antioxidants).

Tomatoes: Lycopene, a flavonoid antioxidant; vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as α and β-carotenes, xanthins and lutein; Vitamins C, B group; Potassium, iron, calcium, manganese.

Cucumber: Anti-oxidants β-carotene and α-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, zea-xanthin and lutein; Vitamins K; Potassium.

Onion: Allyl disulphide – allicin has antimutagenic and antidiabetic properties in diabetics; Vitamins C and B group; Chromium; Manganese.

This post is part of the Food Friday meme,
and also part of the Food Trip Friday meme.


  1. Sounds yummy. I have to go search for some purslane!

  2. love salads that are easy, fast, and highly nutritious!
    would love to try this, though i think i have to substitute purslane for something else...not too sure if we have them around here.

    thank you so much for sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Nick