Spanish Gnocchi Salad

Spruce up your salads this Spring and Summer with this pasta salad based off gnocchi! Marry Italy and Spain together for this delicious, healthy and gluten free Spanish Gnocchi salad which is perfect eaten hot or cold and takes minutes to whip up- A flavour explosion! 

Healthy Spanish Gnocchi Salad- Spruce up your salads this Spring and Summer with this pasta salad based off gnocchi! Marry Italy and Spain together for this delicious, healthy and gluten free Spanish Gnocchi salad which is perfect eaten hot or cold and takes minutes to whip up- A flavour explosion! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

When I told my friends I was craving gnocchi, chorizo and pesto– they thought it was a funny twist on two top nations of the world cup. Yes….That would be the right. Says the guy who thought the best thing about the 2010 World Cup was a Vuvuzela.

No thank you. I would prefer some epic slumber than staying up until 4am to watch Australia play soccer or for Brazil to show on repeat, a sad, teary old man. Enough about the Olympics. I mean Soccer. I mean World Cup. I mean sport.

I love gnocchi. I am ashamed to admit it, but until my teenage years, I thought it was merely pasta which looked like slugs and was ‘meatier’. How amazed I was to know it was actually potato based. Not that I’m a potato fan or anything….

Healthy Spanish Gnocchi Salad- Spruce up your salads this Spring and Summer with this pasta salad based off gnocchi! Marry Italy and Spain together for this delicious, healthy and gluten free Spanish Gnocchi salad which is perfect eaten hot or cold and takes minutes to whip up- A flavour explosion! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

 

Seeing as it’s Summer in the northern hemisphere, I’ve been seeing salads galore. SALADS GALORE. Way to make a dude feel left out. Not anymore. There are two salads which are my favourite come Summertime- Pasta salad and Potato Salad. Give me bowlfuls of those and I’d happily suffer the Melbourne heatwaves and intermittent thunderstorms.

What to do when you crave those salads? Make them both…with twists. The potato one will be coming up soon, but today, it’s all about the pasta. Sorry, the gnocchi.

 

A classic pasta salad uses mayonnaise and pasta and that is delicious. Want something more delicious? Switch out the mayonnaise for pesto and sub the pasta for gnocchi. You’re welcome. To cross cultures, add some Spanish spice favourites like paprika and garlic and chuck in some stuffed olives. The icing on the…pasta? Chorizo. Lot’s of sliced chorizo. While Gnocchi may be Italian it’s ALL about the Spanish in this dish. This is my kind of world cup. Food style.

Spanish Gnocchi Salad

Healthy Spanish Gnocchi Salad- Spruce up your salads this Spring and Summer with this pasta salad based off gnocchi! Marry Italy and Spain together for this delicious, healthy and gluten free Spanish Gnocchi salad which is perfect eaten hot or cold and takes minutes to whip up- A flavour explosion! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

 

  • Spanish Gnocchi Salad
    Spruce up your salads this Spring and Summer with this pasta salad based off gnocchi! Marry Italy and Spain together for this delicious, healthy and gluten free Spanish Gnocchi salad which is perfect eaten hot or cold and takes minutes to whip up- A flavour explosion!
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    Ingredients
    1. 1 package of gluten free gnocchi (500 grams)
    2. 1/2 cup sun dried tomato pesto
    3. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    4. 1/2 tsp onion powder
    5. 1 tsp smoked paprika
    6. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
    7. 1 tsp rosemary
    8. 1 T olive oil
    9. 1-2 links of mild chorizo sausage, sliced
    10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
    11. 1/2 cup Spanish stuffed olives
    12. Olive oil
    Instructions
    1. Cook the gnocchi as per directions until al dente. Drain to remove all water completely and set aside to cool.
    2. Generously coat a frying pan with olive oil and once hot, heat the minced garlic and after 2 minutes, add the sliced chorizo and set aside once cooked.
    3. In a large small mixing bowl, combine the sun dried tomato pesto, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, rosemary and olive oil. Mix until fully incorporated.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the gnocchi and chorizo. Add in the spanish stuffed olives. Slowly stir through the pesto mix and ensure it is mixed evenly throughout.
    5. Refrigerate salad for at least four hours to allow flavours to marinate or overnight.
    Notes
    1. This dish tastes perfectly fine eaten warm but eating it cold really brings out the Spanish flavours- leftovers work great with it too.
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Healthy Spanish Gnocchi Salad- Spruce up your salads this Spring and Summer with this pasta salad based off gnocchi! Marry Italy and Spain together for this delicious, healthy and gluten free Spanish Gnocchi salad which is perfect eaten hot or cold and takes minutes to whip up- A flavour explosion! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

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What is your favourite Summer style salad? 

Do you reckon this dish is more Italian or more Spanish?

Did you watch the world cup? Do you want a Vuvuzela? 

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84 thoughts on “Spanish Gnocchi Salad

  1. You like potatoes?? I had no idea ;)! LOVE gnocchi, even more so that pasta and your twist on it sounds great..I never think to use it in salad form. As stereotypical as it sounds, the chorizo means this dish is officially Spanish…and with the mention of Spanish cuisine, I’m now craving tapas in a big way!

  2. Not gonna lie – I loved a bit of World Cup action – exciting football games are the best. That Final was so good!
    I love Gnocchi – I want to make a version that is gluten free, just gotta get round to it. The J man has been requesting it for a while… Sun dried tomato pesto anything = WIN

  3. Omg, I’m usually not a potato salad fan because of the massive amounts of mayo, but this sounds like a perfect twist for me, since I love gnocchi and pesto 🙂 Awesome recipe post today! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I watched the World Cup for about 10 minutes with JZ and his friends and spent the whole time asking them what was going on. 😛

    I love a good potato salad! Also my parents make these awesome Asian slaw with ramen noodles and toasted almonds that I love.

    This recipe looks great!!

  5. The only game from the World Cup that I watched and actually paid attention to was the final. Also… I have no idea what a Vuvuzela is, but a quick Google search told me it’s a horn blown at soccer games, so sure — I could go for one of those. And my mom makes a mean egg/potato/veggie salad type thing around the holidays that I absolutely adore… even though the combination of all the different things in it kind of sends my stomach into panic mode.

  6. I”m proud to say that I didn’t watch one second of the World Cup. NOT ONE.
    And yum – gnocchi. I love it, but I never think to buy it…or make it (I did it once and while it was awesome, it was painstakingly time consuming). I love the idea of making it into a salad! Favourite summer salad – spinach, berries, almonds, goat cheese, poppyseed dressing.

  7. YOM! I wish I could have that, but you know me, I’m on the keto paleo diet. Gnocchi…is that not like hashbrowns in a circular shape?

  8. Woah!!! What a great man meal!! My brother would go nuts for this. He loves chorizo!
    My favorite summer salad is this black bean, rotini pasta salad with a balsamic garlic dressing. So tasty!

  9. I flippin’ LOVE gnocchi. I don’t eat it that often just because it’s more of a treat for me (I find that if I buy it I don’t eat the whole package, just one serving at it sits there… leftovers are my nemesis). But anyway, this looks outstanding. Quick Q incase I were to make this for the fam: how many servings is this? 1-2?

  10. Way to NOT create a sister-suitable paleo recipe after yesterday’s post. (: But since I’m neither paleo nor do I ever plan on going so I approve of this – minus the meat as in: the only paleo-friendly ingredient. So I guess I could share this with a paleo eater: all the gnocchi for me and the meat for him. That sounds like a good deal to me.
    … and who exactly won the World Cup again??? If it wasn’t for the team I wouldn’t have watched a single second of all that soccer madness.

  11. I’ve actually had that combination in Spain. Not the gnocchi, of course, but stewed potatoes, red pepper, pimenton and chorizo. We had them coupled with some crusty bread and a glass of Spanish tinto. I was in heaven. Nice job! (You missed a great World Cup, by the way, but I understand why people don’t care for futbol.)

  12. Green olives are awesome, especially because most people I know don’t like them…and, therefore, I get to eat them all myself. Gnocchi & chorizo just sweeten the deal!

  13. OMG this sounds bloody amazing. I think it wasn’t until I was 19 or 20 that I realised gnocchi was in fact potato and not pasta haha

  14. When I first saw the title I definitely saw “Spinach Gnocchi Salad” and was looking at the recipe thinking well where’s the spinach?! And I say I don’t need glasses…lol Spinach or not though, this looks bomb. I’m not even worried about the chorizo – I have some pretty tasty spiced veggie sausages that I made a while back that are in the freezer, and I think would make a perfectly acceptable replacement! Also the addition of the red pepper flakes is brilliant. What’s life without a little spice?!

  15. HA! I’m with you on the world cup stuff, I just have no desire for it. Soccer was the one sport I actually played for YEARS too, but alas..no desire to watch it. This gnocchi though…my desire is outta control.

  16. So does the fact that I had to consult Bing for the definition of a vuvuzela give you any indication as to how tuned in I was to the World Cup?
    I would reckon this salad is more Spanish due to the flavor combination. My father, who was raised in an Italian Catholic household, contends that cold pasta is a mortal sin. When it comes to the gloppy mayonnaise-laden macaroni salad I would agree. However, cold pasta with a tasty sauce or dressing is a-ok in my opinion.
    In the summer I enjoy a cold salad composed of blanched green beans, tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta.
    Hope your weekend is swell!

  17. I made gnocchi once and it was so filing! Definitely a great cold weather dish! Lately I’ve been eating Asian food that I take from work. Because it is summer here, it’s been eaten cold every night. I might love it too much. Is gnocchi good cold?

  18. I love the Italy/Spain combination here…and I love gnocchi, so this is definitely getting bookmarked. i made homemade butternut squash gnocchi once. So delicious but lots of work!

  19. I feel like I would love cold gnocchi. I used to eat cold spaghetti all the time. I loved the texture. I was such a weird kid. I also would eat butter. It’s a wonder I didn’t get fat until college (and that was from drinking + drunk pizza).

  20. Arman… my sweet friend… MARRY ME and make me chorizo loaded food every night and we’ll watch FIFA action until dawn. Oh yeah… I’m already happily married #damnit
    By the way, I love saying the word, “neeeeoki” 🙂

  21. Arman,
    I still remember the first time I tried gnocchi. I was maybe 8 or 10 years old. My new across the street neighbors from Italy invited us over for dinner.
    I didn’t know about multiple course meals.
    After some antipasti they brought out a giant platter of gnocchi. It was delicious. “Would you like more? Yes, please!”.
    I was so full.

    And then they brought out the main course . . . . chicken. Of course I had to be polite.

    This gnocchi salad sounds like a brilliant marriage of cultures–down to the olives which I could pluck off the screen and eat!

    Thanks!

    1. Oh Kirsten- I can completely relate! My uncle is Italian and as a kid, my sister and I went to town on the bread basket, followed by the salad. We were stuffed and the mains and dessert weren’t even started!

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