Smoked chicken salad with chorizo crisps and harissa mayonnaise

Smoked chicken salad with chorizo crisps and harissa mayonnaise

Smoked chicken salad with chorizo crisps and harissa mayonnaise - Credit: Archant

This delicious summer salad serves 4 to 6 people and is perfect on a sunny evening.

Stir harissa into the mayonnaise

Stir harissa into the mayonnaise - Credit: Archant


4 smoked chicken breasts, thinly sliced at an angle

½ spicy chorizo, skinned and thinly sliced

4 hard-boiled eggs

A double handful of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

½ a cucumber, deseeded and diced

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Harissa mayonnaise (see recipe)

Salad leaves

Oil and lemon juice to dress the leaves

For the harissa mayonnaise:

1 egg yolk

150ml light olive oil

2 tspn lemon juice

1 fat clove of garlic

1 tspn Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper

1 tspn boiling water

Harissa to taste


In a large bowl, crush the garlic with a pinch of sea salt until you have a paste. Add half the lemon juice, the mustard, egg yolk and a grind of black pepper and stir to blend. Add the oil a drips at a time, whisking well. When it begins to thicken, pour in the oil in a thin, steady stream, whisking all the time. You should have a think emulsion but if it splits put another egg yolk in a new bowl and add the first mix a drip at a time as before.

Add the remaining lemon juice and the hot water to thin it a little. Stir in a teaspoon or two of harissa, to taste. Cover and set aside in the fridge.

Boil the eggs for 7-8 minutes then run cold water over them to cool. Peel and set aside. Skin the chorizo, slice it thinly, then dry-fry it in a hot pan for a minute or two each side until crisp but not burned. Blot on kitchen paper and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Toss the salad leaves with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and a little lemon juice to lightly coat the leaves. Arrange them on a plate,, lay the sliced chicken over the top and add the diced cucumber, tomatoes and the eggs cut into quarters. Drizzle over some of the harissa mayo and scatter with the chorizo crisps and a few herb leaves if you have them.

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