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Xató Salad at Cal Xim restaurant in Barcelona.

Xató (pronounced cha-tó, with the accent on the long o at the end) is a famous seasonal salad from the Penedés region of Catalonia in northern Spain.  Xató starts appearing on menus around Catalonia in late winter/early spring as it’s principal ingredient frisee  comes into season.  The frisee is the only green leafy goody in this dish, which is rounded out by raw pieces of bacalao (salt cod), tuna preserved in olive oil, anchovies, olives and romesco sauce.

This is one of many dishes from various parts of Catalonia that  embody a real sense of regional identity.  It’s a symbol of the cuisine of the areas just south of Barcelona; the coastal village of Sitges, the upper and lower Penedés, an area renowned as well for some of the best and most prestigious wines in Catalonia.  Xató is also absolutely delicious!


Categories: Dishes, Restaurants
  1. Gwynne
    March 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Mm, what a rich salad. Devilish.

  2. Katrina
    April 10, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Kaya! I went to Barlata for dinner last night with my dad – and we grubbed down on some xato salad. It was frickin awesome. It’s rich like a potato chip but gives the illusion of salad-y health, I love it.

  3. April 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

    It is healthy though! Just fish, friseé and romesco.

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