When you hear someone talking about “Spanish Restaurant” the first thing that pops in your mind is a steak and red wine from Rioja. Spanish cuisine is a lot more than that. And it’s not only Spanish cuisine, it’s more Mediterranean cuisine which is all about fresh vegetables, olive oil, Serrano ham (jamón Serrano) and so on.
We originally discovered the recipe for Jamón Salad from El Corte Inglés customer magazine couple years ago. It’s a simple dish, yet very tasty! Saltiness of cured ham is surrounded by creaminess of camembert cheese while salted nuts give flavor and texture to the salad.
Ingredients for Serrano Ham Salad with Camembert for 4 Servings
- 1 romaine lettuce (or just plain lettuce) – lechuga romana
- 1 cucumber – pepino
- 1 box of cherry tomato – tomates cherry
- 1 yellow paprika – pimiento amarillo
- salted nuts – frutos secos con sal
- 200 g (10 oz) of camembert cheese – queso camembert
- 200 g (10 oz) of Serrano ham – jamón Serrano
- 50 g (3 oz) sun dried tomato – tomate secado al sol
- basilica leaves – albahaca
- extra virgin olive oil – aceite oliva extra virgen
- Jerez vinegar (or balsamico or truffle oil) – vinagre de Jerez
- salt – sal
- ground black pepper – pimienta negra
If the sun dried tomato is not packed in oil, you may have to let them rest in a glass of water for about an hour. Cut ingredients so that they are easy to eat with fork only. Splash some olive oil and vinegar on top of the salad and season with basilica leaves, salt and pepper. This dish goes very well with both red and white wines. And why not with rose as well! Serve with freshly baked bread.