Introducing our delicious warm beet, chorizo and pear salad, a true taste explosion for your palate. This vibrant salad combines a harmonious blend of tender roasted beets, spicy chorizo, and naturally sweet pears. Mixed with crisp lettuce leaves and drizzled with a tangy vinaigrette that perfectly balances the richness of the ingredients. Be prepared to savor every bite as the flavors dance on your palate and leave you wanting more. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious lunch or an impressive appetizer, this salad is sure to turn heads and wow everyone at the table.
- 1 kg mixed beets, leaves trimmed
- 200g chorizo, skinned and cut into thick slices
- 100g whole blanched almonds (use Marcona if it’s a special occasion)
- 2 tbsp Membrillo (quince paste)
- 4 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus an additional squeeze
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large pear or 2 small, firm pears (I used Red Williams)
- small packet of parsley, leaves picked and roughly torn
- 50g Manchego, planed
The beets in this dish pair very well with the salty, smoky chorizo and smooth Spanish cheese. This salad is great to eat as is – served with some crusty bread. It is also an excellent accompaniment to paprika-rubbed roast chicken or hake fillets. You can also serve this as an appetizer, garnished with some fried quail eggs.
- Place the beets in a large pot of water.
- If you have a mixture of different colors, cook the beets in separate pans or the colors will bleed.
- Bring the water to a boil and cover. Let it simmer for about 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the beets.
- Using a skewer or small sharp knife, check that the beets are tender in the center. Try not to poke around too often or the juice may leak into the water.
- Drain the beets and let them cool in a colander.
- Once the beets are cool enough to handle, peel the peel, roots, and stems from the beets.
- Roughly chop or slice the beets.
- Place the chorizo in a cold pan and fry over medium heat until crispy. This results in a lot of oil in the pan.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo from the pan and keep warm.
- In the same pan, add the almonds and fry briefly until they start to brown around the edges.
- Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the almonds and place them on kitchen paper to dry.
- Prepare the dressing by melting the membrillo in the pan with chorizo oil, sherry vinegar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
- Mix in the olive oil and season the dressing.
- Core the pear, cut it into thin slices and sprinkle with a little lemon juice to prevent it from browning.
- Arrange the pear slices on a platter along with the beets, chorizo and almonds.
- Mix everything with the dressing if you like or serve the dressing as a side dish.
- Scatter parsley and Manchego cheese over the salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Equipment and tools
To make this warm beet, chorizo and pear salad you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Frying pan or frying pan
- Aluminum foil
This Warm Beet, Chorizo and Pear Salad recipe may contain the following allergens:
- Nuts (almonds)
- Dairy products (Manchego cheese)
Please be sure to check the packaging of the ingredients used to ensure they are suitable for your dietary needs.
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftover warm beet, chorizo, and pear salad, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To enjoy the salad again, you can warm it slightly in a frying pan or enjoy it cold.
It is important to note that the consistency and taste may change slightly after cooling. Adjust seasonings or drizzle with a little extra olive oil and lemon juice to taste before serving leftovers.
Health Benefits of Warm Beet, Chorizo and Pear Salad
The warm beetroot, chorizo and pear salad not only tastes delicious, but also offers numerous health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and their nutritional benefits:
Because of their high nutrient content, beets make a great addition to any salad. They are low in calories and full of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Beets have been shown to improve digestion, promote heart health, and help lower blood pressure.
Although chorizo is known for its smoky and spicy flavor, it also offers some health benefits. Chorizo is a good source of protein and contains important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12 and iron. However, due to its high fat and sodium content, it is important to consume chorizo in moderation.
Almonds are nutrient-dense nuts that offer a range of health benefits. They’re packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein, and important minerals like magnesium and potassium. Almonds may help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and aid weight management.
Membrillo (quince paste):
Quince paste, also called membrillo, is typically made from cooked quince fruits. It gives the salad a unique taste. Quince fruits are a good source of vitamins A and C and provide fiber. It also contains antioxidants that can boost the immune system.
Vinegar, including sherry vinegar, has been linked to several health benefits. It can help improve digestion, promote blood sugar control, and support weight management. Vinegar also contains antioxidants that can protect against oxidative stress and inflammation.
Lemon juice adds a refreshing touch to the salad while providing its own health benefits. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. They also contain antioxidants, which can help protect against certain diseases and aid digestion.
Extra virgin olive oil:
Extra virgin olive oil is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine and is known for its numerous health benefits. It is a heart-healthy oil rich in monounsaturated fats and polyphenols, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and improve heart health.
Pears not only add a sweet note to the salad, but also provide important nutrients. They are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Pears also contain antioxidants that can help fight inflammation and support digestive health.
Manchego cheese, a Spanish cheese made from sheep’s milk, gives the salad a creamy and salty touch. While cheese should be consumed in moderation due to its high calorie and fat content, Manchego cheese provides calcium, protein and important vitamins such as vitamins A and B12.
Incorporating these ingredients into the warm beet, chorizo and pear salad not only makes it a flavorful dish, but also adds a variety of nutrients that can contribute to a balanced and healthy meal.