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Cinco de Mayo Gourmet Mexican Salad Platter

Whether you are looking for one appetizer dish everyone can dig into or a main dish everyone can share with some bread or tortillas on the side, this one ticks all the boxes. Boasting a corn chip and salad leaf base, and topped with all kinds of goodies from chipotle-lime chicken to black beans, red onion, olives, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and anything else you spot in the refrigerator and want to add, this is a colorful salad which is appealing to the eye and also packed with nutritional value. You can prepare the dressing ahead and assemble this salad in just 15 minutes.

One reason we are suggesting this for your Cinco de Mayo party is how easy it is to prepare. You can prepare the dressing and the salad ahead. Just keep them separate and refrigerated, then you can concentrate on welcoming all your guests and ensuring the drinks are flowing and the music is playing. When everyone is starting to get hungry, you can bring this platter of goodies to the table, give everyone a plate and some cutlery and let them get on with it, helping themselves to whatever on the platter happens to catch their eye.

There is something for everyone here, even the kids. The dressing is especially good and is a blend of buttermilk, Greek yogurt and mayonnaise, along with tomatillo, garlic, green onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime, and cumin. Simply throw all these ingredients into your food processor with a little salt and black pepper for good measure, and press the button. Your dressing will be ready to serve immediately or you can refrigerate it in a covered container for up to 3 days. The flavor is perfect – a combination of creamy, spicy, aromatic, and typically Mexican. Continue reading

Best Taco Salad Recipe Ever

This is a surefire contender for the best taco salad recipe ever, or possibly even the very best one. Make it yourself and you will see what I mean! The flavors are so good that you will think you are in Mexico enjoying a delicious south of the border dish on a terrace somewhere and enjoying the warm Mexican sun on your face. This is an authentic taco salad recipe you will love and crave on regular basis. Next time you are in the mood for Mexican food, dive into this recipe and reward your palate with fantastic south of the border flavors.

Did you know that many salads offer all the nutrients and vitamins typically found in a ‘full course meal’, yet many do not eat salad as a meal? It is true – this salad is rich in beta-carotene, iron, niacin and plenty of others that will keep the body going strong all day long. So why then do people not eat salads as a meal more often? Well, this is because many do not feel full without having meat! A salad does not have to comprise a sad pile of leaves with not much else on the plate, nor does it have to be served cold, and nor does it have to be meat-free!

For many, meat is what makes a well-balanced meal, and without some kind of meat they feel they are lacking, and therefore are convinced their bodies they are still hungry when in fact they are not. So, if you or someone in your family thinks this way, why not try the following recipe? This taco salad is loaded with lettuce, tomato, onion, hamburger meat, chili beans, cheese, guacamole, and salsa, and it is served in a delicious edible bowl! Continue reading

Tropical Pina Colada Fruit Salad

This quick and easy pina colada fruit salad recipe is the perfect meal at breakfast or even lunch or dessert. This easy recipe can be put together in 10 minutes and makes a great-tasting feast that rejuvenates your energy levels and gets you through the rest of your day. For a refreshing tropical taste sensation that will delight your palate with the sweet blend of fruits from the tropics, try this wonderful dish. Your family will rave about the blended fruits along with the sauce of the tropics. Even the children will eat this fruit combination with glee.

The flavorful combination of watermelon, peaches, bananas, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries gently tossed with pina colada mix and then chilled makes a wonderful tropical delight that is cool and soothing. Serve this beautiful ensemble of decadent tropical fruit salad blend in a clear glass bowl for a top presentation. This recipe would go great at a family picnic or barbecue. Friends would rave over the tropical blend that is sure to be as refreshing and delightful as the pina colada cocktail that is so popular in the tropics.

An optional alternative for your adult guests and family members would be to add a splash of white rum before chilling. Just whisk the rum with the pina colada mix for a delightful adult variation of this luscious tropical delight. The dish is refreshing, so consider making this in the late spring or during the summer, for a way for everyone to cool off, making a change from the iced beverages or frozen treats you usually make. This is a versatile dish that can be breakfast, lunch or dessert, or even one of the options at a buffet, picnic or another kind of gathering. Continue reading

Mexican Cucumber Salad Recipe

Here is a simple Mexican cucumber salad recipe that makes a light lunchtime meal in terms of keeping the calories down and overall healthy eating. We know a lot of people just don’t have a lot of time at lunch, so try this Mexican cucumber salad instead of going to the bother of preparing sandwiches or soup, and enjoy the tasty, fresh flavors it offers in every mouthful.

Bright Fresh Flavors

You will experience a nice blend of flavors in this zesty Mexican cucumber salad and with one bite you are definitely south of the border in terms of taste.

Crunchy cucumbers, red and green bell peppers, tangy tomatoes (organic if possible, for a better flavor) and corn blended with a hint of fire with cumin and cilantro combine to make this tasty south of the border dish. It is so delicious and so infused with flavor you’ll be dancing around the sombrero in delight.

Serve this Mexican cucumber salad as a first course to a traditional Mexican main meal. Pass the crunchy tortilla chips and the chilled frozen margaritas, and you are all set for a wonderful meal. Just follow it up with your favorite Mexican entree and sides and do not forget the dessert at the end. Continue reading

Mexican Cobb Salad Recipe

Are you planning a Mexican dinner party and need a great Mexican Cobb salad recipe? No Mexican dinner would be complete without having a great fresh salad to serve your guests. Try this featured recipe and be delighted when it steals the show with its fresh taste. Mexican Cobb salad is a fast and easy recipe that is sure to please. This is something that should suit all (or most) palates.

So imagine this scenario: your office is having a Cinco de Mayo potluck and you have been asked to bring a salad. However, you haven’t a clue what kind of salad would go well with enchiladas, beans, rice, and all the other traditional dishes of this Mexican theme. Well, what about a traditional Mexican Cobb salad? This is one of several salads served alongside Mexican food and calls for a root called jicama to offer a distinctive flavor and crunch. Jicama is a crisp sweet root vegetable that looks like a turnip but is in no way related.

Besides the delicious sweetness of the jicama this salad also calls for; shredded jack cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped romaine lettuce, kidney beans, crisp cooked bacon crumbles, cooked and chopped chicken, avocado and chopped red onion. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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