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    Mexican Restaurant Salad

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    23 mins

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    cookiedog's Note:

    This is inspired by a salad from a popular Mexican restaurant chain. If you can't find Queso Fresco, you can substitute with a mild feta. Recipe is from San Francisco Firehouse Food: Cooking with San Francisco's Firefighters.

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    Pumpkin Seeds



    1. 1
      To Make the Dressing: Put the lime juice, olive oil, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and Parmesan in the container of a blender or food processor; process until smooth.
    2. 2
      Refrigerate until ready to use.
    3. 3
      To toast the pumpkin seeds: heat the olive oil in a small skillet and add the pumpkin seeds.
    4. 4
      Toss continuously until the seeds are lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.
    5. 5
      Season to taste with salt and let cool.
    6. 6
      To Assemble the Salad: Combine the lettuce, onion, avocado, tortilla chips, and dressing in a large salad bowl.
    7. 7
      Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    8. 8
      Sprinkle the queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds over the salad.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 04, 2013


      I'm not a big fan of salads, but this was pretty good and very much enjoyed by everyone this Thanksgiving. I tweaked the dressing a bit because it tasted strangely bitter, but otherwise it had good flavor. The queso fresco and pepitas were perfect in this.

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    • on November 17, 2012


      Absolutely awesome! Love the creamy cilantro dressing.

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    • on January 20, 2012


      This salad is great exactly as written. Spectacular flavour - we loved this. I've also made this substituting sunflower seeds for the pumpkin seeds and that was delicious as well. Thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mexican Restaurant Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (300 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 359.7
    Calories from Fat 282
    Total Fat 31.4 g
    Saturated Fat 5.0 g
    Cholesterol 4.8 mg
    Sodium 114.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.6 g
    Sugars 4.0 g
    Protein 6.4 g

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