Warm Avocado Salad with Spicy Chorizo
As I had mentioned in my Cut The Crap update post, I made a delicious warm avocado salad with my girlfriends a couple of weeks ago, and couldn't wait to share it. I love when a dinner can be cheap, easy and fit entirely into one bowl. I found this recipe on the BBC website, which I had never thought to look for recipes on before, but after this attempt I will certainly be checking out more of their "Good Food" section. I also made a few changes to the recipe, which I listed in the ingredients below. For this version of the recipe, you'll need:
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 small ciabatta loaf, torn into rolls (I ended up using two large ciabatta buns)
- 2 x 80g packs chorizo, sliced
- 250g baby plum or cherry tomatoes
- 1 1/2 large avocados, sliced
- 1 head lettuce of your choice
- 1 bunch spinach
1. Prep your ingredients.
2. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Fry the ciabatta for 8-10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until they start to crisp and brown then place in a large salad bowl. Voila, your own croutons!
3. Place the chorizo in the same pan and dry-fry for about 2 minutes until it gives off a red oil. Add in the tomatoes and cook for about 2-4 minutes over a high heat, until they start to soften.
4. Add all the ingredient into the salad bowl, tossing with the remaining olive oil and vinegar. Serve immediately.
Having eaten only a few warm salads in my life, I don't have much to compare this too, but it was delicious in its own right. I loved how the chorizo flavour coupled with the oil and balsamic vinegar made for a full-bodied flavour. And homemade croutons, so fantastic! I recommend making only what you think you'll need for the one meal, since the leftovers were not as magically as the salad was the night before.
How do you feel about warm salads? Do you have any favourite warm salad recipes?
P.S. - Reminiscing of the lovely summer heat while I watch the downpour outside my window. Oh summer, you went away too soon. (Photo taken on Pender Island, B.C.)