This crispy chorizo pasta salad is a fast, easy, and versatile pasta salad that can be a main course or side dish. Spicy chorizo and a zesty vinaigrette make this pasta salad a winner!
Maybe it's because chorizo is one of my favorite things in general, but I feel like everything just goes so well here.
Simple ingredients and big taste!
The dressing is tangy and zippy. Since it's not a mayo-based one, the salad still feels fairly light despite the delicious fried sausage. I had some of this pasta salad for my lunch at work the day after I made this, and it definitely passed the leftovers test!
I would probably eat chorizo most days if I didn't have some self restraint. I have it every few months, and it's wonderful every time.
We've got some simple ingredients in here that pack quite the flavor punch:
- Spicy chorizo sausage (but feel free to sub mild if you wish)
- Parmesan cheese
- Black olives
- Red onions
- Red wine vinegar
This easy summer pasta salad recipe comes together in a flash, and you don't even need a separate bowl for the dressing. Just toss it all in the salad bowl, and you're good to go!
If you love chorizo, you may also like my chorizo and mushroom pasta!
Questions? Let me know!
Crispy Chorizo Pasta Salad
- 3 cups uncooked pasta (I used bows)
- 1 (8.8 ounce) coil Spanish chorizo sausage cut into small pieces
- 1 (6.8 ounce) can sliced black olives drained
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- 2 tablespoons red onion chopped finely
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- Pinch dried oregano
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Boil a salted pot of water and cook the pasta according to package directions. When it's done, drain it, rinse it under cold water, and let it drain further until needed.
- Fry your chorizo on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's nice and crispy. You shouldn't need to add any extra oil to the pan because chorio generally contains enough fat to fry on its own. The chorizo's fat will render, and you can leave it at the bottom of the pan.
- While the pasta and chorizo cook, prep your other ingredients.
- I just add the dressing ingredients straight to the bowl and toss everything together when everything is ready to go. You may want to adjust oil/vinegar/garlic/salt & pepper quantities to suit your tastes.
- Serve at room temperature or chilled.
- You can buy chorizo that needs to be cooked (I did for this recipe) or chorizo that's ready to eat. Either would work for this recipe, but I do prefer the kinda that needs to be cooked because it crisps up better. I've tried frying both. Anything in the 8.8 ounce size ballpark will work.