Welcome to Red Couch Recipes. I hope your summer is going well, and that you are finding time to relax a bit. One of our new favorites this summer is this salad that I call Mexican Fiesta Salad. Why "fiesta' you ask? I think, although I have not served this at a party yet, it would be a perfect party salad. Your guests could pick and choose the elements of their salad. As for my family, we just mix it all together, because I know what they like.
First start out with a nice bowl of lettuce. I used Romaine lettuce.
Look at the cast of characters. Avocados, bacon, black beans, Mexican cheese, corn, cilantro, corn tortilla strips, green onions all join in the party. Ooops, I forgot to add the chicken and the tomatoes.
Then, of course you can serve the salad with the Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing. I love this dressing so much, it is a staple at our home. Ya, and the straw is there for a reason....
So there is really not a recipe, but I will try to give a bit more detail.
Mexican Fiesta Salad
Romaine Lettuce -- I used two Romaine heads
1 pound chicken breasts, brushed in olive oil, rubbed with low-salt taco seasoning, and grilled until done. After grilling, cover and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before slicing in strips.
1 can (14.5) ounce black beans, drained and washed
1 can (14.5) ounce corn, drained, or 2 cups frozen corn, cooked
12 ounces bacon, well cooked and broken into small pieces
1 cup Mexican Cheese, crumbled (the white cheese shaped into rounds)
6 green onions, chopped in small pieces
2 avocados, sliced in large pieces
Corn tortilla strips, I used about 10 corn tortillas, cut in strips, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt, in oven until lightly brown
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Dressing Recipe
1 cup buttermilk, I like full-fat
1 cup mayonnaise
4 tomatillos, with papery outer covering and stem removed
1 nice handful of cilantro -- I leave the stems on
1-2 cloves of garlic
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded, more if you like hot
1 package, dry Ranch dressing
Pepper to season
Throw all ingredients in blender and process. In a pinch, I have even put parsley, in place .of the cilantro, and it turned out fine.
Here is the salad with all the ingredients, minus the dressing, combined.
This salad makes a lot, and would really be good for a fiesta. Thanks for dropping by the Couch.