Chorizo and potato salad

I had a pack of Chorizo sausage (Chorizo is a spicy Italian sausage often used in pizzas) that I had purchased from Food Lovers Mart at Rail Park mall. I was feeling lazy and decided to use it and some potatoes to make some kind of salad. I scoured the net for a recipe to replicate and I decided on this one. And as always I adjusted it according to what ingredients I have, so the adapted recipe is below.

Ingredients

  • 6 potatoes, washed and chopped into bite size pieces (with skin on)
  • 2 large red peppers (or 2 of different colours) cut into strips
  • 100ml olive oil/vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic glove, crushed/1 spoon of diced garlic
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • Diced mushrooms (optional)
  • One carrot, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 5-8 cocktails tomatoes cut in half
  • 200g sliced chorizo
  • 25ml red wine vinegar/plain vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped (I used dried sweet basil)

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes till they are ready but still firm. Do not over boil them as this will make the salad mushy.
  2. Fry the chorizo with a teaspoon or 2 of oil (the chorizo has a lot of fat in it so don’t worry if the oil seems too little). 
  3. When ready, remove the chorizo from the pan and drain excess oil in a kitchen towel or newspaper.
  4. Use the remaining oil in the pan to fry the peppers, chillies, mushrooms and the garlic. If you use carrots or tomatoes, add them to the pan last and don’t cook further for more than a minute or two to prevent the carrots and tomatoes from going soft and mushy. When everything is cooked, remove from heat and put aside.
  5. When all ingredients are sufficiently cooled, combine together in a bowl. Add the herbs, vinegar and toss.
  6. Serve warm or cold with a side of salad cream or mayonnaise for those who desire it.

This dish is very flexible and you can add anything else suitable for a salad to it really. It’s up to you. Baby potatoes would also be appropriate for this recipe.

It’s quick and easy to make and perfect for a week night dinner.

I enjoyed it quite a lot and once I get my hands on some chorizo again I’ll definitely make it. Of course you can try this with a normal beef sausage, however, the chorizo adds a lovely flavour because of its spiciness. I can’t get enough of this sausage!

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