Sunday, November 23, 2008

Warm Chorizo and Chickpea Salad

I have had a lovely weekend, with plenty of time for cooking. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast, home made pasta last night, banana bread in the oven filling the place with wonderful smells.

But most of the time, this is not what my life is like. Most days I don't want to spend a long time in the kitchen after work, because I would rather be wrapped in a blanket and asleep on the couch! This meal came from a night like that. I wanted to be in and out of the kitchen in the shortest possible time, but still eat something tasty and nutritious. The result? 10 minute chorizo salad!

This salad was literally just a combination of items that I had in my fridge/cupboard at the time. I don't quite remember how much of some of the things I used, but being a salad, measurements don't really matter! This makes enough for 2 hungry people, but if you aren't huge fans of chorizo, you should cut down to 1 sausage, as 2 is a quite meat heavy salad.

2 chorizo sausages, sliced
1 440g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 small block feta cheese
1 tomato
1 lebanese cucumber
1/2 red capsicum
1 small red shallot
red wine vinegar
olive oil

Heat a frying pan with a tiny amount of oil, and add the chorizo slices. Stir occasionally. Whilst cooking, slice shallot, and dice capsicum, cucumber and tomato. Put these in a mixing bowl.

When chorizo is starting to crisp up, add the chickpeas and stir to coat in the oil that has come out of the chorizo. Whilst the chickpeas are warming, make the dressing - 2 parts olive oil to 1 part red wine vinegar (or 3:1 if you like it a little less zingy).

Put the rocket on TOP of the other vegies, then pour the warm ingredients on top. This helps the rocket to wilt down just a touch. Add the dressing, season with salt and pepper and get your hands in to mix it all around.

Divide onto serving plates and crumble feta over the top. Enjoy!


  1. Sometimes the best meals in life are made up of what's in the fridge. This looks great :D

  2. Thanks Lorraine - most of our meals are this type of using up of ingredients!

  3. I love it when good things happen by throwing things together! This looks just delicious, and I'm always up for a good chickpea salad!

  4. I am loving this salad. So many wonderful flavors in there.

  5. that looks great! and simple too :)

  6. I'm glad we all think the same - quick and tasty is the best for a lazy weeknight!

  7. that looks fantastic Annie! I will have to give it a try (any excuse to eat more chorizo!)

  8. And we all know that MJ won't say no to chorizo!

  9. Yum! I love all the veggies and how you made this savory with the chorizo! I'd like to include your recipe on our blog, please let me know if you're interested :).

    Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger