Friday, 30 November 2012

Chorizo and Chickpea Salad

This is the salad you throw together when it's like a gazillion degrees outside and you've spent the afternoon pool-side sipping Mojitos. Let's face it, those are the times you'd rather eat  Mango Ice Cream for dinner. (But who am I kidding?.. that ice cream was history days ago.)  But when the troops need feeding, and mango ice cream just won't cut it, this is a dish I can get out of a cabana chair for. I'm all over a meal that can be made in less than 15 minutes and have me back in the pool before you can say "another Mojito?".

Chorizo and Chickpea Salad
adapted from Pete Evans My Grill 
Serves 4

2 large char grilled red capsicums, skin and seeds removed, cut into thin strips
1 x 400 chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 chorizos, cut 5mm thick on the diagonal
a large handful of parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch of chilli flakes
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
juice of a lemon

Put the capsicums into a serving bowl.

Cook the chorizo on a grill pan until golden and crispy on both sides. Transfer them to the bowl with the capsicums. Add the paprika, olive oil, sherry vinegar, whole parsley leaves and chickpeas.

Toss everything together. Season with salt and pepper to taste (remembering that the chorizo is quite spicy). Add the chilli flakes and lemon juice and toss again gently to combine.


  1. my husband devours ANYTHING with chorizo. he'll love you for this recipe idea! :)

  2. Hey Little Kitchie. Same goes for all the men in this house. It's a shame you guys don't live closer, we could discuss our mutual love of chorizo by the pool... over mojitos.

  3. God I love when I read your post in the morning :) Dinner = mango ice cream? Anytime for sure! But I would be okay with this superb salad. Hmm chorizo, love love lovveee!

  4. Hey Gabrielle. If you can't have mango ice cream for dinner on a hot night, then next best thing would have to be chorizo... tell me I'm wrong :)

  5. I have seen something like that in Argentina, but they don't call it chorizo. This is a butifarra, I think. Chorizo is different. While I stayed in a buenos aires apartment I have eaten a lot of chorizos, but nothing like this one.