Friday, 1 November 2013

Sausage Salad


There's the healthy salad and there's the not so healthy salad, the latter being a lot more fun. But overall, if you have a higher ratio of greens and veges to outnumber your not so healthy ingredient, it is still alright huh? 


There are salads with ham, bacon, crispy deep fried chicken, sausages and a whole lot of other stuff that would make your nutritionist or cardiologist cringe. Like my very own sausage salad. German Black Pepper Sausage to be precise. The only good word I can put in for these fellas are that they are low sodium and msg-free.


You see, they were the only convenient protein available in my fridge last Saturday. I had leftover romaine, Japanese cucumbers and tomatoes. I was already feeling hungry at 4pm and that was after an early lunch with my younger brother. We had Bak Kut Teh at Kelana Jaya. The portion size for 2 persons was quite small and I made a mental note to ask for 3 persons portion the next time we go there. Yes, I come from a family of big eaters. By the way, The BKT was very good. I almost snorted with delight when I had my first mouthful of pork belly with onion rice. Oinks!


Back to salad. I made a simple dressing and set it aside. I took two sausages and sliced them thickly. These went into a hot pan to cook and brown. The rest was easy - wash and drain the romaine, tear them to pieces and slice the cucumbers, tomatoes and cucumber. And another ingredient that I like is onions. Yes, that's me, Madam Onion Breath. When I eat satay, I must have raw onions. Mmmmmhhh....it really makes the satay especially beef and mutton satay taste even better. 


When the sausages were done, all that I had to do was put them together with the veggies and toss with the dressing. If you are wicked, take a little bit of the oil from the pan and mix into your dressing. And there you have it, my sausage salad. It made for a very hearty dinner indeed!









Sausage Salad
Recipe source : Phong Hong
Note : The dressing is for one serving. I leave the amount of salad ingredients to you, ok?

Ingredients :
- Romaine, torn into bite sized pieces
- Tomato, cut into wedges
- Cucumber, sliced
- Carrot, sliced thinly or grated
- Big onion, thinly sliced (if you like onions)
- Sausages, cut into 1/2 inch pieces and pan fried till brown

For the dressing :
- 1 big clove of garlic
- 1/2 tsp peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

To make the dressing :
1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound garlic, peppercorns and salt till fine.
2. Add red wine vinegar, honey and olive oil. Stir to mix.

To assemble salad :
1. In a mixing bowl, add all your vegetables and sausages.
2. Drizzle dressing all over the ingredients and toss.
3. Serve immediately.

38 comments:

  1. I love sausages though I eat a lot less these days. Your sausage salad looks delicious!

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    1. Mich, I also don't eat sausages very often. I usually keep some in the freezer for "emergencies".

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  2. after tiramisu for breakfast, we now get sausage salad... awesome.... all our taste buds are in use...

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    1. Victoria, I must make improvements in my nutritional intake. Not eating healthy but it was good hah! hah!

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  3. So simple, but so delicious! Sausages are one of my favourite shorcut ingredients because they make everything that you put them in taste so good! I love this salad- great colours!

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    1. Thanks, Shu Han! I love sausages especially with baked beans and eggs.

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  4. Hehe I like to put bacon in my salads so I guess we're on the same boat ..... one healthy ingredient to balance the fatty one. :P

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  5. Hi Phong Hong, love your sausage salad. Look so refreshing and appetizing.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Hi Amelia, the sausages made the salad taste really good!

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  6. as always, I love reading all the background to the recipe:)
    I think it's more healthy than unhealthy (let's forget the sausage:))

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    1. Hee..hee...thanks Ola! You are very encouraging :)

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  7. Phong Hong, you so pandai eat la, haha.....
    It still consider healthy la...

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    1. Hi Xing Hui! Ya lah got vege so must be healthy hee..hee...

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  8. My!My! Phong Hong your salad makes my mouth water .As I had to go for my blood test I dare not eat sausage now it's done I will make this salad I know your salad dressing is yummy there are lots of ingredients I can get from my garden

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    1. EE, the NZ sausages will be even better yum! yum!

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  9. Maybe you can replace the sausage with shredded chicken, boiled or roast? They're something about sausages, I can't remember what now...

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    1. Arthur, I usually put roasted chicken. Yes, I am aware that sausages contain nitrate and it us harmful if taken too often.

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  10. Hi Phong Hong,
    I am here to have a light lunch.
    Your salad is just what i need!!
    Yum!!
    mui

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    1. Hi mui mui! Your boys will love the sausages :)

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  11. I love salad & you've made a boring veggie dish tasty with the additional of sausages. Nice job! Hey dear, be sure to enter in my X'mas draw to Win Flenco Christmas Hampers Worth More Than $1,000!

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    1. Thanks, Shirley! Oh, I will check out the X'mas draw. Who knows I may have some luck!

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  12. I seldom make salad, I shall make more salad next time, I like your salad with sausage!

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    1. Thanks, Sonia! With sausage, the salad is guarantee sedap!

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  13. Wow! Salad with sausages, looks & sounds good! I love eating salad especialy for my diet & how come I've never thought of adding a couple of sausages just like yours! Sure Sedap! ;)

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    1. Kit, now you must get sausages and put in your salad!

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  14. Same like Kit, I never though to add sausage to my salad, next time will wish to try it! thanks Phong Hong :)

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    1. Esther, you should try it because heh...heh...it makes the salad taste better.

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  15. Hi Phong Hong,

    The way you wrote this recipe is as if the salad is a unlimited buffet salad bar or something... and I LIKE IT!!!

    Sorry sausages... the only things that I want more is VEGE!!!

    Zoe

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    1. Zoe, very wise! Salad is all about the vege :)

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  16. Looking good! I certainly need to eat more raw food.

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  17. Mouth-watering salad, with the German Black Pepper Sausage! I love onions too, must have it with satay and the cucumbers! Fresh onions are very crispy and sweet! I think if we sit together for satay, we must order our onions separately! Hahahaha!

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    1. Joyce, yah one bowl of onions for me and one bowl of onions for you. That way we won't fight hee..hee...

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  18. Everything you added into this mouthwatering, and super delicious salad...with sausage...YESS! do include the sausage. I'm totally salivating, and craving your colorful, and amazing creative salad!

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth! Glad to have your approval for my sausage salad hee..hee...

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  19. Hi dear,
    Been blog hopping.. The moment I saw the word "Sausage", I had to read this.. Simple and nice for moms like me who wants to do everything short cut.. I don't really like greens, but with sausages, yummm, can give this a try...

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    1. Hi Louiz! Thanks for coming over. You don't like greens? Hmmm...that's ok because these sausages are so good on their own. I like them with baked beans :)

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