Recipe Spotlight: TexMex Fiesta Salad

TexMex Fiesta Salad and Cilantro Pepita Citrus Dressing

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1/6th of this entire recipe = 1 unit carbs     1/6th of this entire recipe = 1 unit fat

TexMex Fiesta Salad

8 cups Romaine Lettuce Leaves
1/2 cup Black Beans, drained, rinsed
1/2 cup Yellow Corn, drained, rinsed, browned a bit w/ canola spray & 1 tsp. Agave or Honey
1 small Jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely diced *optional
1 cup Cucumber, seeded, diced
2 large, firm Roma Tomatoes, cut into 6 wedges per
1 not too ripe Haas Avocado, diced
1/4 cup Queso Fresco or Cojito Cheese, broken up with your fingers
1/4 cup toasted Pepitas
9 Blue Tortilla chips (Spicy if you want), broken

Step 1: In a large bowl, arrange the salad ingredients as listed in order, making it look pretty.
Step 2: Don’t toss the salad until after everyone has marveled at it. Add the dressing now and gently toss, making sure not to smash the avocado. 

Cilantro Pepita Citrus Dressing

1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup Orange Juice Concentrate
1 bunch Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. Zested Lime Peel
3 tsp. Zested Orange Peel
1 cup Canola Oil
1/3 cup Queso Fresco or Cojita Cheese
1/4 cup Raw Pepita’s, *toasted prior to adding (Pumpkin seeds) 

Pre-heat oven to 300F
Step 1: Toast raw green pepitas in preheated oven for 8 minutes, or until they are slightly crispy, but not browned. 
Step 2: Add all of the above, except the pepitas, into a blender. Puree until slightly smooth. It’s ok if the cheese isn’t 100% smooth. Right before you serve the dressing, add the toasted pepitas and whisk. *you can chill this dressing a bit before serving it, but it’s not necessary. It will last only about 2 days in the fridge.