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Cilantro-Lime Green Salad

Cilantro-Lime Green Salad

This salad was the accompaniment to the grilled cilantro-lime chicken featured below. All the flavors played happily together, and it was just so dang pretty!

Green Salad Ingredients

  • Lettuce – either mesclun blend or cut romaine
  • Avocado, cut in chunks
  • Tomato, cut in shapes you like
  • Red onion, a few slivered slices
  • Some cilantro sprigs
  • Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • Cilantro-Lime Dressing (below)

If your pepitas are raw, put a small skillet on the stove on medium low. Add pepitas and slowly dry roast them in the pan, stirring frequently. As they begin to firm up and color a bit, add just a few drops of olive oil and a shake or two of salt and pepper. Continue roasting and stirring, watching carefully. They will start to pop and plump. This only takes a few minutes. Combine the salad ingredients (except for pumpkin seeds) in your salad bowl. Add some of your salad dressing – a little less than you think you’ll need – toss. You can add more if you need it. Serve with a scattering of crunchy little pepitas and a few whole leaves of cilantro and extra cut limes.

Cilantro-Lime Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 3 Tbl. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbl. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbl. fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard or dry mustard
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Drop all the dressing ingredients into your blender and process until a creamy, bright and beautiful spring green. Taste for balance of flavors, using a clean lettuce leaf for dipping.  (What you’re most interested in here is a balance between the salt and acidic lime juice and vinegar. Adjust if necessary.) Covered, this will keep in your refrigerator for 5 days to a week.

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