Italian Sausage Salad

I recently went on a charcuterie course hosted by Richard Bosman and one of the sausages we made was an Italian sausage called Salsiccia. Being quite a hot day and looking for something light, I decided to use this sausage for this Italian sausage salad.

The original recipe is by Jamie Bissonnette and can be found here.


Ingredients for the salad
  • 75ml red wine vinegar
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried (Mexican) origanum
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large or 3 small carrots, ends off, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 500g Italian (Salsiccia) sausage
  • 6 jalapeños, de-seeded and thinly sliced. I used 3 red and 3 green chilies. The original recipes uses peperoncini.
  • 1 large cucumber, ends off, cut length-wise, de-seeded and cut into 1 cm slices
  • 1 small iceberg lettuce, chopped (about 300g)
  • Sourdough or rye bread, cut into slices (about 4 slices)
  • Fresh basil for garnish
  • Oil for frying


The cucumber being prepared
Chilis and lettuce

Add the vinegar, oil, origanum, sugar, garlic, chili, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.

The marinade

Stir in the carrots and cucumber and marinade for 45 minutes.

Veggies in the marinade

Heat a pan and fry the sausages over medium heat with a little bit of oil until the sausages are brown and cooked through. Transfer the sausage to a cutting board and cut into 1 cm slices. Keep the fat.

The Italian sausage being cooked

In the same pan, fry the bread until golden brown on both sides.

Sourdough bread fried in the sausage fat

Toss the sausages with marinated vegetables, lettuce and sliced jalapeños. Garnish with the basil and serve with the bread.

All coming together

We served this with a beautiful 2022 Kranskop Shiraz / Viognier Rosé Sec. Here are the tasting notes: