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Paella Salad Recipe

Paella Salad Recipe

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For Vegetables
3-½ tablespoons olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 ¼ teaspoons salt

For Meat
6 ounces dried chorizo sausages or other firm spicy sausage such as pepperoni, quartered lengthwise and sliced thin crosswise
¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1-teaspoon paprika
1-pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3) cut into ½ inch cubes
¼ teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

For Pasta
½ pound orzo (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tomato diced
½ chopped fresh parsley


For Vegetables
In a large frying pan, heat 1-1/2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately low heat.  Add the onion, bell pepper, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.

For the Meat
Increase the heat to moderately high.  Add the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.  Stir in the red-pepper flakes, paprika, chicken, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and the black pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is almost done, about 3 minutes.  Cover the pan and remove from the heat.  Steam the chicken for 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large glass or stainless-steel bowl to cool.

For the Pasta
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the orzo until done, about 12 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly.

To Serve
Add the drained orzo to the chicken mixture.  Toss with the lemon juice, the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and ½ teaspoon salt, the tomato, and the parsley

Wine Recommendation
Paella’s Iberian roots lead us to Spain for a red Ribera del Duero.  The name, literally translated as the “slopes along the Duero River,” describes an area that is now the source of some of Spain’s greatest red wines. Ribera del Duero’s wild cherry, herb and spice flavors will be superb with this salad. 

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