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Vleeta with bacon and Graviera cheese

3 comments Aug 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Recipes, Salads and Dressings

In Greece Vleeta falls under the category of Chorta which means “weeds”. Botanically it is Amaranth. It is served a lot in Greek cuisine. It is especially healthy as it contains a lot of bitter components. Not everybody likes the bitter taste the plant has once it is boiled. This taste can be helped with adding some bacon and Graviera cheese.

The dish can also be prepared with the green bits of the beet root.

Preparation: 20 minutes

difficulty: easy


  • 400 gram Vleeta or the green bits of the beets
  • 100 gram Graviera cheese or Pecorino
  • one red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • some lemon juice
  • some olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Wash the Vleeta and boil it in some water for 3 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile dice the onion and fry it with some olive oil. after 5 minutes add the minced garlic. Fry for a minute or two. Now add the Vleeta and stir well.

Fry some bacon in a second pan until crusty.

Dice the cheese and add to the Vleeta. Reduce the heat and melt the cheese. Season with salt, pepper and some drops of lemon juice.

Add the crispy bacon and serve.

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  1. I love vleeta, that is the one dish I miss from visiting Greece. Your recipes are delighful and so beautiful. The leek recipe is one I will try! Yassou! Mary

  2. A gorgeous salad! I love that kind of veggie. So cheap but so tasty.



  3. I love how you use all these magnificent Greek greens!

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