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Spanish Salad Recipes

Spanish Salad Recipes - Salads are always popular especially during the summer months.  Salads range from uncomplicated combinations to the quite elaborate. Why not try some of these tasty Spanish recipes.

Ensalada Mixta - This can be found on almost every Spanish menu and is served as a starter for a family meals. This is a “table salad,” served on a big platter, to be shared amongst the diners round the table. In traditional style, everybody eats from the serving dish, rather than dish out individual servings.

Ingredients

1 head of lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces 

3 tomatoes, peeled and cut into wedges 

4 small spring onions, including the tender green tops, cut crosswise into ½-inch-long pieces, or 1 small onion, thinly sliced 

4 small potatoes, about 1ib boiled, peeled, and cut into small chunks 

1 (3-ounce) can tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked 

12 green or black olives 

½ cup Sherry Vinaigrette 

2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into wedges 

6 anchovy fillets in olive oil (optional)

Spanish Salad Recipes

Method

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, potatoes, tuna, and olives and mix well.

Drizzle all but about a spoonful of the vinaigrette over the salad and mix gently to cover all the ingredients.

Garnish the salad with the egg wedges and the anchovies, sprinkle the remaining vinaigrette on the eggs, and serve.

Spanish Salad Recipes

Russian Salad Ensaladilla Rusa

You’ll be hard pushed to find a tapas bar in Spain that doesn’t serve this dish. Yes I know it originated in Russia… but the Spanish have adopted it and made it their own. Enjoy!  Russian Salad, or in Spanish Ensaladilla Rusa.  Find the recipe HERE

Red Onion and Orange Salad 

Ingredients

4 ripe medium oranges, peeled

1 small red onion, sliced fine

2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons raisins, covered for 20 minutes in hot water, then drained

20 black olives, pitted

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons almonds, blanched and chopped fine

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Springs of fresh mint, to garnish

You can also add grated carrot, canned white asparagus, diced cucumber, strips of green pepper, canned corn, pickled beets, sliced avocado.

Method

Remove the  pith from the oranges and cut the fruit crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.

Arrange on a serving platter and scatter over the sliced red onion.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Spoon this dressing over the onion and oranges.

Sprinkle with the raisins, olives, sunflower seeds, and almonds.

Garnish with mint springs and serve chilled.

Spanish-Style Grilled Pepper Potato Salad

Spanish Salad Recipes

Grilled sweet bell peppers and lots of fresh garlic make this otherwise typical potato salad extraordinary.  Find the Recipe HERE

White Asparagus Salad  -  Perfect with a Creamy Tomato Dressing, this dish is often served as part of a traditional Christmas eve feast. Find the Recipe HERE

Spanish Goats Cheese Salad - Goat cheese is very popular here in Spain and in this salad its served warm.  This is also lovely served with a honey salad dressing, See Below

Ingredients - Serves 4

Selection of Lettuce Leaves

Rocket Leaves

3 Ripe Salad Tomatoes

1 Packet of Round Goats Cheese. Thickly sliced

1 Small Red Onion

A Handful of Walnuts

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Pine nuts for decoration

Method

Slice the Cheese into thick slices.

Using 4 small plates, share the salad leaves equally between them.

Slice the tomatoes and red onion, and place onto the lettuce leaves.

Break the walnuts into smaller pieces and sprinkle over the salad.

Distribute a few rocket leaves onto each plate.

Grill the goats cheese until it is golden or you can lightly fry in olive oil, use a cooking blow torch or cook for  about 20 seconds in the microwave.

Lay the goats cheese on each salad plate.

Drizzle with virgin olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Finally sprinkle the pine nuts over.

Ensalada Pipirrana

Another very popular salad especially in the South of Spain 

Ingredients

1 long sweet green pepper

1/2 sweet red bell pepper

1 cucumber

2 medium cloves garlic

2 ripe salad tomatoes

1/2 white onion

4 tbsp. sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar or Use Fresh Lemon - Some households in Spain prefer a fresher taste and use juice from a lemon instead of vinegar.

6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

12 pitted black olives, drained

Salt and pepper to taste

Spanish Salad Recipes

Method

Rinse peppers and remove stems, seeds and veins. Cut peppers into small square pieces. Peel and mince the garlic. Peel the cucumber and cut into small squares. Cut tomatoes and onion into small cubes.

Mix all ingredients together in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add vinegar and oil mix well. Adjust salt to taste. Place in refrigerator and allow salad to marinate and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

In some areas the tomatoes are peeled and soaked in olive oil and the salad is mashed becoming almost like a soup and used spooned onto fresh crusty bread.

Spanish Salad Recipes

Ensalada de Bacalao - Salt Cod Salad

1 lb frozen salt cod (450 g), thawed

1 large very ripe fresh tomato

half a handful fresh cilantro (Corriandor)

good quality olive oil

half a handful fresh mint and fresh parsley

1 tbsp lemon juice

6 large caper berries or 1 tbsp capers in brine

Salt and pepper

Method

Rinse the fish under cold running water, remove any skin or fish bones that are visible.

Steam the salt cod for 6 to 8 minutes. If you don´t have a steamer, fill a medium sized pan with 1/2 inch of water, place three golf ball–sized balls of tin foil on the bottom, rest a heat-proof plate on top of the foil balls, cover the pan, and bring the water to a boil.  The salt cod should be flakey and cooked through. Remove it from the steamer (or saucepan) and  tear it into bite-size pieces, place in a large mixing bowl.

Chop the tomato into 4 pieces and deseed it under cold running tap water. Let the tomato drain a bit on a clean kitchen towel and then chop it up finely. Then add the diced tomato to the salt cod in the bowl.

Stir the fish and tomatoes carefully. Chop the fresh herbs finely and add them. Season the salad with a pinch of pepper and salt.

Add the caper berries (or capers) and the lemon juice.

Drizzle the salad with the olive oil, stir gently, check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt or lemon juice to taste if necessary.

Place the cod salad in the fridge for another 30 minutes. Serve cold.

Salad Dressings 

Lemon Thyme 

1/2 shallot (peeled), 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil.

Finely chop the shallot and garlic. Combine in a small bowl with the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, thyme and salt. Slowly pour in the oil, whisking constantly, Taste and add salt if necessary. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Yogurt Vinaigrette

¼ cup no-fat plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, ½ tablespoon wine or Sherry vinegar, minced garlic (optional), chopped herbs (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Makes enough for a large salad or two smaller ones. Dressing keeps, covered and refrigerated, up to 2 days.

Sherry Dressing

200ml dark dry sherry, such as oloroso, 2 tbsp clear honey, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Put the sherry in a small pan with the honey and simmer until reduced by two thirds. Stir through the mustard, then drizzle in the rest of the oil, whisking with a fork until emulsified (thickened). Taste, season

Honey Salad Dressing 

Place 6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into a medium bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of honey.  Add 2 and a half tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix 

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