Instead of croutons, consider making these crisp little chorizo bites to crunch up your salad.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
Made to recipe except used all spring-mix rather than part Bibb. Much easier & lighter crispy chorizo than the Jamie Oliver way. Peel the chorizo first and slice it super-thin. Served with crusty bread.
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