As the sun casts longer shadows and the days grow warmer, our culinary hearts yearn for dishes that are light, refreshing, and brimming with the season’s bounty. Enter Ensalada Mixta, Spain’s answer to the quintessential summer salad. While it might seem like a simple assembly of ingredients, this salad is a harmonious blend of flavors, textures, and traditions.
Simple, Healthy, Adaptable
Like most Iberian salads, the beauty of the Ensalada Mixta lies in its simplicity and adaptability. It’s a canvas, waiting for you to add your own personal touch. Maybe some sliced bell peppers for an extra crunch? Or perhaps a sprinkle of feta for a creamy tang? The possibilities are endless. So, the next time you’re looking for a salad that’s both nutritious and delicious, let the Ensalada Mixta be your muse. Enjoy the flavors of summer, one bite at a time.
Why Ensalada Mixta Shines
1. Nutritional Powerhouse: Each ingredient in the Ensalada Mixta brings its own set of health benefits. Romaine lettuce is packed with vitamins A and K, promoting good vision and bone health. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Cucumbers, being mostly water, are incredibly hydrating, while carrots offer a boost of beta-carotene. Tuna, a lean protein, is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their heart health benefits.
2. A Symphony of Flavors: The tangy bite of the red onion, the briny hint from the olives, the earthy richness of the tuna, and the creamy texture of the hard-boiled eggs create a delightful contrast to the crisp, fresh vegetables.
3. Summer’s Best Friend: Light on the stomach yet satisfying, Ensalada Mixta is the go-to side dish for those balmy summer evenings. Whether you’re dining al fresco or enjoying a quiet meal indoors, this salad complements a range of dishes, especially the dense, rich Tortilla Española.
The Iberian Collection Beckons
The Ensalada Mixta is just one gem in our curated Iberian Collection, a culinary journey through the flavors and traditions of Spain and Portugal. Each recipe, from tapas to desserts, is a testament to the rich gastronomic tapestry of the Iberian Peninsula. Spanish cuisine, in particular, is a fascinating blend of history, culture, and geography. Its diverse landscape, from sun-kissed coasts to fertile plains, has given rise to a variety of dishes that are not only flavorful but also packed with health benefits. The Mediterranean diet, of which Spanish food is a prime example, is renowned for its emphasis on fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats like olive oil. It’s a cuisine that celebrates life, longevity, and the joy of eating well.
Dive into the Iberian Collection: Explore, experiment, and elevate your culinary game. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a curious foodie, there’s a dish waiting to be discovered. ¡Buen provecho!
Ensalada Mixta: Spain’s Summer Salad Symphony
This Ensalada Mixta is a refreshing, balanced meal that pairs perfectly with a slice of Tortilla Española.
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced potatoes and onion to the pan, making sure they are well-coated with the oil. Season with salt.
Place the chopped lettuce in a large salad bowl.
Arrange the tomato wedges, cucumber slices, sliced red onion, shredded carrot, and tuna on top of the lettuce.
Scatter the olives across the salad and place the quartered hard-boiled eggs around the edges of the bowl.
Drizzle the salad with olive oil and vinegar to taste. Sprinkle with salt.
Toss the salad just before serving to ensure everything is evenly coated in the dressing.