Gnocchi & Tomato Salad

This makes for a lovely summer lunch and is my simplified version of a Marcella Hazan recipe. It’s fantastically easy. Marcella’s original recipe uses fusilli or penne pasta, but I like it gnocchi, as I've done here, or with those shop-bought tortellini filled with spinach and ricotta that never taste of anything much – this perks them up nicely. The original recipe also calls for cherry tomatoes, while I’ve got away with simply chopping up larger ones in the past. Marcella also suggests a marinating period, but the other week I didn’t have time and it still tasted delicious.

This all sounds rather disrespectful to Marcella, I know, and I'm not, I'm a huge fan, it's just that she's a perfectionist and I'm well, human. And usually in a hurry, and having to make do. Ho hum.

Lovely and colourful.
Lovely and colourful.

For two generous portions, you’ll need:

250g / 9oz Cherry tomatoes (alternatively you could just chop up larger ones)

6 x black Greek-style olives – de-stoned and chopped

Olive oil (Virgin if you’ve got it)

2 tbsp. grated Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese

2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley

½ tsp chopped garlic

salt and freshly-ground black pepper

A pack of gnocchi 

Mix all ingredients together apart from the gnocchi, and allow to steep at room temperature for 45 minutes or even longer if possible. This is handy if you’re serving it to guests, but not being the purist Marcella is, I failed to do it last time and can’t say I noticed much difference.

(And here's a shocker: I once added some baby spinach leaves to it, and suspect that rocket would be a terrific addition, too.  Just don't tell Marcella.)

Bring a pan of water to the boil, add salt and throw in your gnocchi. Follow the instructions on your packet, but with mine I only had to wait until they rose to the top of the water, a couple of minutes or so. Drain immediately and add to the tomato mix. Combine and serve.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

This looks fabulous! Looks good and what a great simple recipe. Thanks so much. I'll bookmark it and try it!

Rated up!


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Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France Author

Thanks BkCreative - it's become a weekend favourite in my household - hope you enjoy it too!


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liswilliams 5 years ago from South Africa

I love gnocchi and you got some good stuff going together to make a great meal. Thanks!


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Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France Author

Hi Lis,

Thanks for commenting, it's such a nice easy lunch. Hope you enjoy it.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Made gnocchi today and put some in the freezer this looks like a good recipe to use them in. Enjoyed your hub.


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Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France Author

Thanks, Moonlake, I hope you enjoy the salad, too!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

I am not sure if I can get that particular pasta here but I would really love to try this. It's pretty easy to make and the flavors are simple. I love anything with tomatoes or olive oil!


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France Author

Hi Cardisa, you could always try pasta shells, which I've used when I'm out of gnocchi. Thanks for commenting.


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BristolBoy 3 years ago from Bristol

Interesting article, thanks! I've always had q thing for gnocchi since uncle Bryn asked for it in Gavin and Stacey!


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France Author

Hi BristolBoy - thanks for commenting, and I hope you enjoy it!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I know what you mean about the supermarket's flavorless tortellini. We have them here in Peru, too. I plan to try this next time we have guests. Thanks!


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France Author

Hi Vespawoolf, thank you for your comment, and I hope you enjoy it!


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kitkat1141 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have never thought of serving gnocchi this way! Sounds delicious. I would also add spinach or arugula like you mentioned. Thanks


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France Author

Hi Kitkat, thanks for your comment - this is the dish that tells me summer has arrived!

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