While out and about on the Upper East Side this week I decided to drop into Agata & Valentina to see what fun foods they had prepared.
I decided to drop by the Appetizing and Smoked Fish counter where I found some great looking cooked octopus as well as mussels in a spicy tomato sauce.
While both of these items tasted fantastic alone. I decided to turn them both into two separate meals of both a salad and “pasta”.
½ cup of watermelon
½ cup of cherry tomatoes – halved
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.
A simple summer salad that tastes great. Can’t get pre-cooked octopus? Try to make some on your own, or substitute for salmon or another fish of your liking. Also great as a light snack without fish.
Zucchini and Spicy Mussel "Pasta"
1 large zucchini
1 tbsp EVOO
Julienne zucchini and add to pan with EVOO. Sauté zucchini until soft and add in mussels until heated. Once warm place in bowl and serve.
Zucchini is an easy vegetable to turn into “pasta” and can be paired with any protein you may like. Have fun experimenting and getting to know your taste buds.