The Houstonian's Southwest Caesar Salad
photo by ForeverMama
- Ready In:
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, washed and torn into 1 1/2 by 1/2 inch pieces
- 3⁄4 cup cooked black beans
- 3⁄4 cup roasted corn kernel
- 1⁄2 cup pumpkin seeds, from a mexican squash (pepitas)
- 1⁄2 cup Cotija cheese (Mexican white cheese) or 1/2 cup other queso fresco
- multicolored tortilla chips, baked or fried,for garnish
Spicy Caesar Dressing
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 anchovy fillets, minced
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup canola oil
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons thai chili paste
- 1⁄2 lemon, juice of
- 1⁄2 lime, juice of
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Prepare dressing first.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine yolk, garlic, mustard, anchovies, pepper, salt, coriander, cumin, Worcestershire and water.
- Process all until smooth.
- With motor running, pour oils in a slow, steady stream into egg mixture.
- When all oil has been incorporated, add chili paste, lemon and lime juices and Parmesan.
- Process until smooth.
- Prepare salad next.
- Spin or pat lettuce dry.
- Place in large salad bowl.
- Add dressing; toss lightly.
- Add beans and corn; toss again.
- Divide mixture among 4 chilled plates.
- Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and cheese.
- Garnish with tortilla chips.
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Very nice! The dressing packs a wallop of flavor and all those "fusiony" ingredients add a great depth of flavor to the Classic Caesar. I bet this would go great with the addition of shrimp or chicken as what other reviewers stated, and I will be trying that. Thank you Pan Nan for sharing. Made it for 2019 Susie's World Tour - Team Sue Chefs.
This salad is absolutely scrumptious and will become a regular at my house. I had to leave out the pumpkin seeds (couldn't find them) and the anchovy fillets (personal taste) but the rest I pretty much prepared as written. I brushed a fresh ear of corn with olive oil then grilled it and cut off the kernels and I used canned black beans. Also, I did use a little less chili paste per my husband's wishes (but I added more to my portion because I like it hot). The crushed tortilla chips on top are a must, they really contrast nicely with the salad. Thanks for posting this Nan, it's a keeper!