Mexican Salad Recipe
This salad combines all the wonderful ingredients Mexico has to offer! I first made this salad for my lovely sister-in-law’s college graduation. It was a taquiza (a perfect taco party where the tortillas are made to order, there’s a variety of homemade meats, salsas, toppings, and traditional mexican sides) and of course, every great party needs a salad to match! Here is all you need to do to recreate this flavorful Mexican Salad…
- Make the Avocado-Lime Vinaigrette (this will make two of the containers pictured)
Ingredients: 2 cups of fresh lime juice, 1 large avocado, 1 cup white wine vinegar, 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil, water (if needed), 2 tablespoons of honey, pinch of Kosher salt.
Steps: 1. In a small saucepan: add the lime juice, white wine vinegar, honey, and salt. Bring up to a boil, then down to a simmer. This will concentrate the flavors and give you the base of your vinaigrette. Once it’s the consistency of syrup, take it off the burner and let it cool down.
2. In a blender: add the lime syrup, 2 cups of water, the avocado, and blend. Drizzle in the olive oil until it thickens. Taste and see if it needs more salt, honey, or lime. If the vinaigrette is not thick enough, you can add more avocado or a tablespoon of honey mustard. If it’s too thick, add a little water.
2. Prepare your toppings:
corn–char on the grill and remove from husk. (you can also use canned corn and sautee in a pan)
grape tomatoes–wash and slice in half
cilantro–wash and chop finely
onions–slice and caramelize in a saute pan (caramelizing brings out the sweetness in the onions) This is done by simply heating a sauce pan, adding a drizzle of oil or butter and cooking the onions on medium heat until they begin to get a caramel color.
jalapeños–char on the grill, peel them, and slice them thinly
3. Assemble your salad! I used mixed greens as the base. Spinach and arugula would also pair nicely.
Layer the greens and toppings. You could also add in diced avocado!
Garnish with more toppings and a beautiful jalapeño and sliced lime if you’d like! Enjoy!