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Appropriate side dish or salad with paella

I'm looking for a vegetable side dish or salad that will go well with paella. Something relatively simple would be appreciated.

asked by Christine over 2 years ago
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Me
added over 2 years ago

Juli's salad sounds wonderful! I also am addicted to arugula and usually serve with some peeled, sliced pears and a bit of crumbled blue cheese, although the orange dressing would be a lovely complement to the paella.

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added over 2 years ago

Paella is a heavy dish, usually served by itself. May be an appetizer with some pears and blue cheese as wssmom says or serrano with cantaloupe. Don't overcomplicate it, the paella if well done is the star of the dinner.

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added over 2 years ago

I like the salads for a clean taste to offset (and enhance) the richness of the paella.

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added over 2 years ago

My basic dressing - can be multiplied. Pile greens of your choice (I like red leaf, bibb with some watercress on plate, mix with dressing to coat, sprinkle marcona almonds (i usually dont toast them), and using vegetable peeler shave chhese on top. Dressing can be made up 2 days ahead & refrigerated. I do add some minced shallots and sometimes a bit of dijon mustard. For the vinaigrette: 6 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbs. sherry wine vinegar 1/2 tsp. salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste I also found this: <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/fig-salad-with-cabrales-cheese-and-marcona-almonds.html?cm_src=RECIPESEARCH" target="_blank">http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/fig-salad-with-cabrales-cheese-and-marcona-almonds.html?cm_src=RECIPESEARCH</a>

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added over 2 years ago

Agree with salad perhaps with shaed Manchego and Marcona Almonds with a Spanish Sherry Vingarette.

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Do you have a recipe for that salad?

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added over 2 years ago

or maybe some hearts of palm and/or artichoke hearts

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added over 2 years ago

I make paella all the time, usually cooked outside. What I like to serve alongside is a tray of big, fat green olives with roasted marcona almonds and some ridiculously wonderful boquerones (white anchovies in vinegar). It's the knockout punch before your guests even get to the paella. Then they are down for the eight count.

Bigpan
added over 2 years ago

I think paella is complete by itself. In our house we often serve boquerones as a starter before the paella. Then a brûlée for dessert.