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Sausage and Pepper Salad


Sweet and spicy peppers mingle with fennel, shallots, and garlicky crostini for a hearty, satisfying salad.

  • Yield: Serves 5

Source: Mad Hungry, April 2011


  • 2 hot Italian sausage links, meat removed from casings
  • 4 sweet Italian sausage links, meat removed from casings
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut in 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 large shallot or 2 small, sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 5 slices ciabatta bread
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed, well dried, and crisped in refrigerator, and chopped into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan


  1. In large skillet, saute sausage meat. Using a metal spatula to break the pieces up, cook until it is golden brown and with some crispy bits, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate.

  2. Add the peppers and shallots to the same pan. Saute to soften, about 5 minutes. Deglaze with the wine, cooking to reduce it to a slight glaze on the peppers. Place the pepper mixture on the plate on top of the sausage.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the garlic to the pan. Let the garlic sizzle, and remove before it is brown. Add bread and cook to golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the up side of the bread, turn, and continue cooking until crisp.

  4. Place the lettuce and fennel in a large bowl; add the sausage and pepper mixture. Drizzle over the vinegar, sprinkle with salt and a generous grind of black pepper. Toss well and serve in a large salad bowl topped with the shaved Parmesan and a crostini.

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