The Chilean causeo is a salad which traditionally includes some protein to serve as a complete meal. Most traditional causeos have pig’s feet, previously cooked and chopped or pork head cheese.
Causeos usually have onions and tomatoes, seasoned with lemon juice, oil and Chilean seasoning (a mixture of ground oregano, cumin, coriander, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt). I prefer a meatless causeo, my favorite is with hard goat cheese, but it is also very common to make it with fresh cheese and here in the US I usually use Cacique Panela cheese.
Every family has their favorite causeo, but it’s always served with plenty of fresh Chilean bread: churrascas or country bread.
Causeo, Chilean Salad
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 Panela round cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon Chilean seasoning
- salt, vegetable oil, and lemon juice
- Chop onion in half moons, cover with boiling water, let it stand for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain and pad dry.
- Chop the tomatoes into wedges.
- Chop the cheese into cubes.
- Mix everything in a bowl and dress with the Chilean seasoning, salt, vegetable oil, and lemon juice.