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Amaranth Greens (Vlita Chorta)

Another delicious green salad that I love, and ate at the tavern on the day I was out with my mom was the Amaranth Green Salad.Β  Greek people do love their salads, you have seen that there areΒ  many versions for the Traditional Greek Salad, but there are other salads that are not as well known and are so healthy for you. One of these salads is the Amaranth Greens which is also known as Vlita Chorta in Greece.

There are many types of Greens in Greece that are grown in the mountains and rural areas which are hand picked, (my grandmother used to pick greens in the village many many years ago)…well I think most are hand picked because they are quite small to use some kind of machinery. πŸ™‚Β  There are also different types and tastes such as bitter, and sweet greens that are so very healthy.Β  To make this salad a delicious treat you need to add in some extra tasty ingredients, and so by adding fresh lemon juice, (fresh lemon juice makes a difference than the already squeezed store bought bottle)Β  or vinegar,Β  olive oil, garlic, onions, etc. makes you want to eat this up in minutes. Ahhh and before I forget Feta Cheese and fresh Bread….Yummmm πŸ™‚Β Β 


When they served this salad to us there were no added ingredients, so we added Olive Oil and just a dash of fresh Lemon Juice and the taste was fantastic.Β  Greens don’t exist in NL, and so when I am in Greece I basically have this as a side dish and sometimes even as a Main Dish. πŸ™‚Β Β 

In regards to the Lemon juice or Vinegar…topping is completely up to how strong of a taste you want in your salad. πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

2 kilo of Amaranth Greens (Vlita)

1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda

Lemon JuiceΒ Β 

Vinegar

1 Onion (chopped)

2 Garlic Cloves (diced)

Preparation:

1 ) Wash Greens thoroughly and drain.

2) Add baking soda into water and boil.Β  Once the water has started to bubble add in the Greens and boil until withered for about 10 minutes.

3) Drain and set aside to cool off…(some prefer to eat these hot) πŸ™‚Β Β 

4) Once cooled add in the chopped onion, or diced garlic or both if you prefer and top with Lemon juice or Vinegar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (18)

  • Jyo 3 months ago β€” Reply

    Interesting recipe with amaranth leaves ! Simple yet stunner πŸ‘Œ

    foodzesty 3 months ago β€” Reply

    Thank you Jyo πŸ™‚

  • Megala 3 months ago β€” Reply

    Wonderful salad! We also use similar amaranth leaves here.

    foodzesty 3 months ago β€” Reply

    Hi Megala…thank you so much!! Really, similar aren’t they delicious!! πŸ™‚

    Megala 3 months ago

    Yes, of course!

  • annika 3 months ago β€” Reply

    I had no idea they were called amaranth leaves. I buy these from a Greek grocery store here and they are always labelled Vlita but I call them Indian spinach as these are used extensively in Indian cuisine as well. I love the simplicity of your recipe, will have to try it for hubby as he’s not too keen on the Indian version.

  • Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 3 months ago β€” Reply

    So that’s the name of those leaves! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    foodzesty 2 months ago β€” Reply

    Hii Yep that is what they are called…You too sweet friend πŸ™‚

    Diana Tyler (la muse excentrique) β˜• 2 months ago

    πŸ’™πŸ’™

    foodzesty 2 months ago

    πŸ™‚

  • kasiawrites 3 months ago β€” Reply

    Looks tasty and lemon juice can make anything taste great πŸ™‚

    foodzesty 2 months ago β€” Reply

    I know right!! Are you loving the food in Italy?

    kasiawrites 2 months ago

    Of fourse! 😁

    foodzesty 2 months ago

    πŸ™‚

  • dtills 2 months ago β€” Reply

    Hi Sophie! I am having trouble with my WordPress for some reason!! I hope you are getting at least, some of my comments😊

    foodzesty 2 months ago β€” Reply

    Hi Deeee…..No worries I had problems a couple of months ago. I am glad you arrived to AZ safely πŸ™‚

  • Kally 2 months ago β€” Reply

    I love all your food posts. I was thinking if you like to do a guest post on my website so I can feature your blog. Maybe an article to gather some of your recipes for soul food to cheer up someone who is having a bad day at work? If you’re interested, please drop me an email and we can take it from there.

    foodzesty 2 months ago β€” Reply

    Hi Kally, Seriously??? Thank you so very much for your kind words. ! I am a huge fan of your blog and would love too!!! πŸ™‚

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