Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Delicious & Quick To Make Catalon Salad!

Roussillon is an Old World region in Southern France that is guided by energetic, young and progressive winemakers who respect their vines and nature. The cuisine is logically Mediterranean, featuring ultra-fresh seafood, plump with tapas, gazpacho, organic vegetables and rustic meat dishes.

We discovered this simple but amazing dish during a visit to the region during Harvest 2012. 

"Meli-Melo of The Sun" Salad
By Bruno Ribière
Co-Proprietor of Domaine Ferrer Ribière, Roussillon, France

A refreshing dish that is easy to make and will make you and your guests ask for more!

TIME: 20-25 minutes
YIELD: 4 appetizer portions


2-Zucchini raw
1-Soft Spanish Chorizo Sausage Picante (spicy) or Dulce (sweet)
1/2 lb small shrimp (20-30 count)
1/2 lb Manchego Cheese
1/4 cup of balsamic vinaigrette dressing 


Use a potato peeler to remove skin from the zucchini. 
Slice the zucchini in a food processor using a A julienne disc. This will produce thin spaghetti-like strands of zucchini. Slice the strands into small 1/4 inch portions. Place raw zucchini into salad bowls. 

Clean & devein shrimp, remove shells and tails.

Slice chorizo thinly in 20-30 slices. Sauté on stovetop in a medium size pan, with 4 tbs of olive oil for 3 minutes. Add shrimp into pan and sauté for another 3 minutes. 

Add one tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette dressing to each zucchini salad

Remove cooked chorizo and shrimp from pan and distribute even portions on top of the raw zucchini

Shred some Manchego over each salad for flavor


Suggested Wine Pairings: 

Bruno Ribière suggests "So we need strong wine aromas and powerful in the mouth with some creamy white Grenache blanc type or Grenache Gris, or vino rancio, (a mellow wine) but without excessive acidity. A powerful Rosé from Roussillon may also very well suited. All these wines are available from Domaine Ferrer Ribière". 

Website in French: www.vinsferrerribiere.com/

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