Saturday, January 11, 2014

Green Salad with Chorizo Chips

This salad is a wonderful side or main dish.  The chorizo chips are a great change up from croutons or bacon bits.  The Spanish flavors are delicious! It is, like all salads, super fast, and despite the sausage, not too fattening :)

Green Salad with Chorizo Chips

6 ounces dry chorizo, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
4 large radishes, thinly sliced
3/4 cup Spanish green olives, sliced
4 ounces mesclun

2 heads baby Bibb lettuce, leaves torn

1. Line a large microwave-safe plate with paper towels. Arrange half of the chorizo slices on the plate and cover with a paper towel. Microwave at high power for 1 minute; the fat should be rendered and the chorizo slightly browned. If it is not yet browned, cover and microwave at 20-second intervals until done. Transfer the cooked chorizo to a plate to cool; it will crisp as it cools. Repeat with the remaining chorizo.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar and the shallots with the olive oil and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the celery, radishes, olives, mesclun and Bibb lettuce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the chorizo chips and serve right away.

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