Monday, June 6, 2011

Solo Salads: Santa Fe Salad

Santa Fe Salad:
(serves 1)

1 baked tortilla bowl (see previous posting)
1/3 cup black beans (canned or pre-cooked), drained
1/2 cup corn niblets (frozen, canned or pre-cooked)
1/2 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise then sliced crosswise
1/4 medium red onion, diced
1medium clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp cajun spice mix (recipe follows)
1 tsp olive oil for sauteeing, divided
Juice of a lime, divided

1 *roma tomato, seeded & diced
(*strain & reserve the juice from the tomato seeds to add to the salad dressing)
1/4 cup sliced  black olives
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro leaves
a dash of salt & pepper 

1/3 cup grated orange cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded Napa Cabbage or  torn Mixed Baby Greens

In a skillet on medium heat, saute onion in 1/2 tsp olive oil till softened. 
Add the black beans & garlic, cook for 2 minutes, then add the zucchini
& corn.  Stir up, add 1/2 tsp more oil, and 1/4 tsp cajun spice mix.
Cook 2 more minutes, then add the juice of 1/2 lime, stir to combine.
Remove from heat and allow to cool on a plate for at least 20 minutes.

Combine the roma tomato with the olives and 1/4 cup cilantro; toss with
1 tbsp lime juice. Season with salt & pepper.

To assemble salad, add the napa cabbage or baby greens to the tortilla
bowl, then add the black bean/corn mixture, top with the roma tomato/olive
combination, sprinkle with cheese, and drizzle with Spicy Sour Cream Ranch
Dressing (recipe below). Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Spicy Sour Cream Ranch Dressing:
(serves 1)

2 tbsp lite sour cream
1 tbsp lite mayonnaise
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp lime juice
reserved juice from the roma tomato seeds
dash of sriracha hot sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
pinch of salt & pepper

Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl; let
stand for at least 20 minutes to combine flavours.

Cajun Spice Mix:
(adapted from Vegetarian Times)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne

Combine ingredients well and store in a spice jar.

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