Thursday, May 14, 2009

Southwestern Tossed Salad

Among the pleasures of having a garden is watching your children plant seeds, monitor their progress, and marvel at their growth. But harvest is best of all because fussy young charges take a suprisingly active interest in what they are bringing in for dinner. I'm not quite ready to rename them Peter Cottontail or Mopsy, but they are surely beginning to appreciate the sweetness of soft baby spinaches and the zing of candy colored radishes. (And another big step is my Sailor girl is wearing her jeans! Only to garden, but still.) Not that they wouldn't prefer Mesquite Barbecue Chips or a cone of Baskin Robbin's mint chip, but I think we are taking a step in the right direction. And while, I'm a fan of chips and ice cream myself, I like this salad so much better. It's so fantastic that if I don't get off my current kick of eating it nightly, I'll soon have nothing else to post about. It could be Southwestern Tossed Salad all summer long. Then again, that mint chip ice cream cone sounded pretty good. Maybe I should plant some mint... Have a great weekend everyone!
Money Saving Tips:
Get some lettuce planted and you'll save yourself bundles and probably have loads to share with neighbors too. I love having spinach since I can pick enough for a few days at a time and it will stay nice and fresh in the fridge. It'll only cost you pennies! You may want to double the dressing recipe because it is terrifyingly addictive.
Southwest Tossed Salad
Estimated Cost: About $6.00
For the Dressing:
1/2 cup packed cilantro
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime or lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon honey
For Tortilla Strips
8-10 corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
2-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
For Salad
Spinach or other lettuce
radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
chopped tomatoes
rinsed and drained black beans
corn kernels, thawed if frozen
diced avocado
Blend dressing ingredients in blender until smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper. Fry tortilla strips in hot oil until crisp; drain on paper towels. Combine remaining ingredients in the bowl and toss.
Up Next:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


Catherine said...

That looks so delicious! I can't wait to try it. And now you've got me rethinking planting lettuce. I really can't wait to have this. Looks so beautiful and so tasty!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I can't wait to try the dressing, I need another addicition - lol

Teeny said...

This salad looks so good! I've been a "lurker" on your blog for awhile now. Just wanted to tell you how much I love reading! I think that you come up with great real food recipes for a budget (great for those of us struggling through grad school) that don't come off as cheap or deprived. Thank you!

Andrea said...

That looks so good! I want some now. I am growing spinach for the first time this year. I hope it turns out so I can have great salads!

Wendyfmckinley said...

That looks so Good E. i love that we are entering salad season, had your Ceaser on mothers day will make this one tomorrow with some BBQ chicken.


Anonymous said...

Yum! That looks really delicious! How nice that you're kids are involved with the gardening. They are very cute!

Marjie said...

I'm trying the gardening by the square foot method this year, and for the first time, we're planting spinach. Of course, in our frigid climate, we don't have anything to harvest yet...

My Sister's Kitchen said...

That looks great. I can't wait to try out the dressing.

The Blonde Duck said...

I didn't wear jeans until I was in middle school! I understand, Sailor. I do.

Just Another SAHM said...

My mom is so excited because she planted an early lettuce & is already harvesting for salads.

I pretty much love all things with cilantro & avocado so I'm sure this salad will be a winner. Thanks for sharing.

Coleen's Recipes said...

This is MY kind of salad.

Aggie said...

What a great salad Prudy!!! I love having salads but get stumped with the same old same old sometimes, am printing this one out to try!

Love your kiddies in the garden, my son is helping me with mine this year and its a pleasure seeing him interested in veggies.

Sara said...

Your salad looks amazing! We too love going out to the garden and picking fresh lettuce and spinach! Unfortunately it's not quite ready yet, but I will be sure to make your salad when it is. Your dressing looks yummy, and I'm excited to make my own tortilla strips. Thanks!

gigi said...

I caught that comment about Sailor finally wearing some jeans. How old is she? I guess there is hope of getting Shelby out of a dress and into some jeans in about 3 more years. Just to cute. Love your garden. Shelby wants to pick something everyday out of mine. I can't wait till she gets to dig up the potatoes. Fun good times.

Dawn said...

that dressing does look good, you're right.
I love the textures in this salad too. I need texture in my salads, always.

truly blessed said...

ooh, this sounds so good it's going on the menu! :) I just found your blog and am loving it! I'm a hs Momma too. What a fun graduation idea!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Awesome..this is getting bookmarked for sure! I was just wondering what I could do with radishes the other day...I knabbed them cheap cheap cheap!


Anonymous said...

Oh I think I should throw some chicken in there with that and call it dinner! That sounds amazing!


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