Recipe: Melon, Artichoke, and Chorizo salad

In my attempts at getting more creative in the kitchen (and loving the abundance of produce now coming in from Florida directly south of me!) I tried a new recipe with flavors I would not have normally thrown together. The Melon, Artichoke, and Chorizo salad looked quite intriguing in the cookbook but I have never worked with chorizo and had no idea what I was looking for! The chorizo I found was a raw sausage in a casing…heavy on the spices but not binding together when it cooked. I am going to try this recipe again with a sopressata (a dry sausage, more like a high quality salami) from the deli cut into small chunks to achieve the look of the picture to the left! Here is my very simple recipe:

Melon, Artichoke, and Chorizo salad
 

 

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Ingredients

1 jar of marinated Artichoke Hearts (drained)
12 ounces (approximately) of chorizo, sopressata, or other dry sausage (cubed)
1 cantaloupe (removed from rind, cut into bite sized pieces)
3-4 TBSP California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar (or Pomegranate vinegar, etc)
Fresh parsley (1/3 cup coarsely chopped)
Fresh ground pepper to taste
 
Directions:
 
In a small bowl, combine the melon, the cubed sausage, and the artichoke hearts.
 
Drizzle with the oil and vinegar and toss well.
 
Add the parsley and black pepper and mix.
 
 
* I love the combination of flavors in this dish! The sweet melon, tangy artichoke hearts, and spicy sausage go very well together! My dish (on the left) tasted great but does not look as appetizing with the crumbled chorizo as it would with cubes of dry sausage. Easy and refreshing salad to take to a summer party so I am going to look for a different kind of sausage to try next time!
 
Also, the original recipe called for 1 TBSP spicy mustard in the dressing but my husband won’t touch mustard so I left it out.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received product samples in exchange for my honest review of the California Olive Ranch olive oil. You can read the review HERE. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

 

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