Monday, 20 April 2015

Warm Salad of Sausage, Bacon, Almonds and Chick Pea Shoots

Warm Salad of Sausage, Bacon, Almonds and Chick Pea Shoots
Feeds 2

4 good quality lamb sausages (or your sausage of choice)
5 rashers of streaky bacon, sliced into pieces
A good handful of almonds or hazelnuts
10 sage leaves
2 or 3 handfuls of rocket leaves or watercress
2 handfuls of chickpea shoots, or cooked chickpeas
Olive oil

For the dressing
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

1 - Heat some olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the bacon and cook until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and put aside on kitchen paper.
2 - Add the sausages to the bacon fat and cook gently until cooked right through. Remove and slice into diagonal pieces.
3 - Keeping the pan on the heat, drain some of the fat from the pan then add the bacon and sausage along with the almonds and sage leaves. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the almonds have turned golden and the sage has crisped slightly.
4 - Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients and mixing well together.
5 - Dress the plates with the hot ingredients, then scatter over the rocket leaves and chickpea shoots, followed by a good drizzle of the mustard dressing. I served it with some simple toasts, rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.


Joanna said...

Great combination, especially like the chick pea shoots here. I don't know if you have a Waitrose near you, I know it's mostly concentrated in the south, but my local branch has cobnuts in stock at the moment ... a first, I think!


Kelly Mahoney said...

I'm not sure if I've ever had a cobnut, but the dish looks yummy.

winedeb said...

I really enjoy warm salads and this one sounds yummy. I will have to look up chick pea shoots. Have not seen them here yet, but sound interesting.

Cynthia said...

What are cobnuts? never heard of it before.

David Hall said...

Kelly and Cynthia

If you have had a hazlenut, you have had a cobnut. A cobnut is just a cultivated variety of hazel and grown all over Europe.

Winedeb, any pea shoot will do. You can grown your own by putting a load in a shallow dish and putting water halfway up, leave it by the windowsill for a few days and it SHOULD work!


Figs Olives Wine said...

What a great flavor profile here! I think we'll have this for dinner - savory and fortifying in just the way I'm craving, so thanks!

Andy said...

I have never seen chickpea shoots before but they look great.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

I just tried rocket leaves for the fist time this week and I love them!! I made warm chicken, mung and couscous salad... I will post the reciope tonight.
Your salad sounds lovely, except the sausage (no red meat) :)
Ciao, Margot

Amaryllis said...

Good for people to know.