Ensalada Mixta (Mixed Salad)
The ensalada mixta is a great start to a meal but it can also be be a great lunch idea that is not too heavy if you are planning something active, like walking around Málaga City. What makes this ensalada mixta (mixed salad) tasty is the quality of the ingredients used. The quality of the Spanish salad tomato is excellent, juicy, sweet and full of flavour and with a little salt the taste is complete. Mixed through the crispy lettuce the tomatoes are combined with a variety of pickled silverskin onions, pickles and peppers topped off with a little olive oil, vinegar, salt and black pepper.
To give this salad a nice balance we wanted something hot and that is the fried potatoes (patatas). The potatoes where boiled and then fried with some onions, garlic, green peppers, mushrooms and some paprika. Paprika is an essential part in Spanish cooking, used in a wide variety of dishes best known would be paella (keep a close eye as we will be posting a vegan paella soon). The paprika gives a great smokey flavour to the potatoes and balances the flavours in the salad. Bread is very important with Spanish meals and if you venture passed many local shops you see fresh baked bread everyday.
With the making of this Ensalad Mixta I have achieved two goals. The first the eating of a flavourful lunch, fresh and vegan and secondly the opportunity to practice Spanish. All ingredients where bought locally, the vegetables (Verduras) where bought across the road from where we are staying and the bread (Pan) from the Panadería 1 minute from the apartment.
Buen provecho (Bon Appetite)