EL TORITO'S MEXICAN CAESAR SALAD

 

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Ingredients

  • Dressing
  • 2 Anaheim chili peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces salad oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 5 TBS grated Cotija cheese
  • 2 small bunches cilantro, stemmed
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salad
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, rinsed and spun dry
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Cotija cheese
  • roasted red pepper, peeled and cut into julienne strips
  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Directions

  • Place all dressing ingredients except cilantro, mayonnaise and water in
  • a blender or food processor. Blen approximately 10 seconds, then add
  • cilantro little by little until blended smooth. Depending on size of blender, it may be necessary to do in batches. Place mayonnaise and water in a large stainless steel bowl, and mix with a wire whip until smooth. Add the blended ingredients to the mayonnaise mixture, and mix thoroughly. Place in an air-tight container and refridgerate. Will keep for three days.
  • To Assemble Salad: Cut corn tortillas into matchstick-size strips. Heat
  • oil in saute pan; fry tortilla strips until crisp. Remove with slotted
  • spoon, and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Tear romaine into
  • bite-size pieces. Place greens on salad plates and ladle approximately 2 ounces
  • of dressing onto each. Sprinkle with roasted pumpkin seeds, grated
  • Cotija cheese and tortilla strips. Place 2 - 3 red pepper strips on top as
  • garnish.
  • Tips: Use canned green chilies instead
  • of fresh, roasted sunflower seeds in place
  • of pumpkin seeds, and jarred roasted
  • red peppers. Bake the tortilla strips instead of frying. Slice tortillas into strips and bake instead of frying. Spread on cookie sheet, spray
  • with Pam, sprinkle with salt, bake at 350* for
  • about 20 minutes.

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