The mysterious Swedish pizza salad Posted by jennie on Aug 27, 2010 in Culture, food, Uncategorized
While the rest of the world are occupied with solving the Stieg Larsson mysteries, I have found a mystery of my own. It might be very insignificant and it probably doesn’t takes a hacker like Salander to solve it, but I would gladly have your take on it.
Anyone ever had pizza in Sweden? If not, I can tell you that a Swedish pizza, it doesn’t matter if it’s take away or in a restaurant, always comes togehter with a salad. Agreed, it’s nothing mysterious about a side salad with your pizza, but this is a special salad, presumably as Swedish as pickled herring. We simply call it “Pizzasallad” and it consist only of white cabbage, oil, vinegar, pickled peppers and black pepper. In a restaurant, the pizza salad normally comes as a help yourself-starter in a big bowl in the middle of the table and if you buy take away you get the pizza salad in a little plastic cup. If it’s a really lousy pizza place, the salad comes in a little plastic bag…Mmm yummy! Some eat it before, some eat it on the pizza and some has it like a side dish. In other words, no pizza without a salad in Sweden!
I got a sudden craving for this tangy, delicious salad last week when we a few of us had pizza. I made some myself (Again, esay as pie and sorry for all these food posts, just a period of food-homesickness… ) but no one apart from me understood the beauty of it… My cooking or my weird Swedish taste buds?
Anyway, if you want to try this Swedish delicacy, here’s the simple recipe!
- a half head of white cabbage, ca 500 g
- one red pepper
- 100 ml vegetable oil
- 2 tbs white vinegar
- coarsely-ground pepper
Slice the cabbage finely and chop the red pepper. Make a dressing of oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper, and mix it with the cabbage and the pepper. Put the salad in the fridge, over nigh if possible, and enjoy!
Anyway, back to my “mystery”. Why on earth is this salad synonymous with pizza in Sweden? Or am I compeletly wrong? Does anyone else in the world munch on this together with their pizza? Or, do you eat something else with your it? And, if you’ve tried it, what do you make of it?
Have a great weekend – with lots of pizza and pizzasallad!