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Matavilz Salad

Updated: Jul 15

  • Songino, or soncino or valerianella is a widely used salad vegetable due to its particular and characteristic taste which goes well with other foods. It is rich in vitamins and mineral salts. It brings various benefits to the body, serves as a medicine against anemia and as a necessary detoxification. They are also suitable for the intestines and kidneys. Valerianella is better known by dialect names such as soncino or, in the Trieste area, matavilz. It is a salad that is traditionally harvested only in the coldest months of the year, while today it is easily found everywhere. Follow recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 15 minutes, 1 serving
  • 1 boiled egg/ 10 minutes

  • 1/2 bunch matavilz/ well washed

  • pinch of apple acid vinegar

  • salt to taste

  • 5 cherry tomatoes/ diced

  • olive oil to taste

  1. Prepare all the ingredients according to the above.

  2. Wash the matavilz salad well, to remove all impurities.

  3. Remove excess stems, dry with gentle movements of a kitchen towel.

  4. Put it in a medium deep bowl, add a little vinegar, pour the chopped tomatoes with olive oil, add salt to taste.

  5. Cut the boiled egg into 4 parts and spread it in the bowl and stir.

  6. Your salad is ready to serve.

Buon appetito!


  • Matavilz is used in the food sector and is rich in important nutrients: chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, some B vitamins and mineral salts such as potassium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Its caloric intake is very low: only 20 kcal per 100 g. Valerianella is known for its refreshing and digestive properties because it stimulates the activity of the liver, kidneys, and intestines. It is also food with purifying, diuretic and revitalizing properties. Very digestible, generally suitable for those who cannot digest green salad and have a mildly irritated gastrointestinal system.

  • Since the valerian salad is washed well to remove the soil from it (and it is preferable to avoid packaging in which the product loses a good part of the micronutrients), the yellowed leaves must be removed. This green salad can be used as a base for any salad.

  • For a rich winter salad, you can combine:

— clean green salad with some washed and coarsely grated celery,

— avocado cut into cubes and a couple of cubes of toasted wholemeal bread rubbed with a slice, i.e., It can be seasoned with a little oil, a little brown salt, marjoram, or basil and grated fresh ginger root.

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