Joana here sharing a salad that's basically delicious ingredients seasoned and mixed well together - a salad you can make in three easy steps!
In Portugal, salad is usually a side dish and it changes slightly from north to south, coast to inland so when you come you can just explore them all, one restaurant at a time. I'm sharing the south of Portugal's Algarve version, which is a great side for any BBQ, because it will pair perfectly with either fish, meat or veggies.
The Algarve is a warm dry region and it has a Mediterranean weather which means it's nice all year and this type of salad is something that is perfect with pretty much any meat, fish or seafood, because it's quick and super fresh. Just cut those veggies, throw them on a nice platter and season well!
The secret is all in the quality of the ingredients, the fresher the veggies, the better it will taste and because the seasoning is also so simple, try to use a good quality olive oil (you can find some great ones here) and try not to skip on the dried oregano because they DO make a difference in the end.
If you're looking for an easier pairing than the grill, just open a can of seasoned sardines like these ones here, some slices of bread and a bottle of wine and you're all set!
SIMPLE ALGARVE PORTUGUESE SALAD
Joana Rute Carmo
4 - 6 Heirloom Tomatoes
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Small White Onion
2/3 Olive Oil
1/3 White Wine Vinegar
Freshly Grounded Black Pepper
Cut all the veggies in half moon slices.
Mix all the ingredients from the dressing in a tiny mason jar and firmly shake it.
Now just combine everything in a big bowl, sprinkle some more dried oregano and enjoy!
If you’re making this for a BBQ make sure to grill the peppers until they’re charred black. Remove the black skin and seeds and peel the pepper into small shreds. The flesh will be deliciously soft and it will have that added smoky flavor. This will add a delicious depth to your salad and it will be perfect with grilled bass or sardines.