Mexican “Caesar” Salad

August 1, 2011  •  Salads

I spent my Monday as I usually do in the summer, cooking with kids. I always have fun with them, and usually am filled with plenty of stories to entertain my husband when he gets home from work. Today the kids were especially focused and they whipped up a Mexican feast that trust me, any of you would have wanted to eat. Including this Mexican riff on a Caesar salad that frankly I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you before. It’s one of my favorites – the lime replaces traditional lemon and the queso fresca replaces the Parmigiano Reggiano. We didn’t include the cilantro, and you can leave it out if you are one of those “haters”. Either way, the salad is light and refreshing for summer – hope you enjoy it.

Mexican "Caesar" Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6 to 8
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons lime zest (about 2 limes)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes that were zested)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup queso fresco
  1. To make dressing, combine olive oil through garlic in blender and blend until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Toss lettuce, cilantro and cheese with desired amount of dressing. Serve on salad plates and top with croutons if desired.



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  1. Mary Squires says:

    I cook with my children as well. They are getting pickier about ingredients as time goes by. I don’t mean liking less but wanting fresher, more flavorful ingredients.

    I like your recipe for a caesar salad. I have gotten tired of the really bad, slimy-rather-than-tangy versions I find at restaurants. Thank you.

    I also want to try your fried green tomatoes recipe. I love them so much.

    Mary Squires

  2. Karen Harris says:

    You know being from Texas that anything Mexican or Tex-Mex would get my attention. This looks wonderful. I’ll be trying this recipe very soon.

  3. Lea Ann says:

    The “cilantro hater” phenomena baffles me. Thanks for this recipe. It sounds WONderful. First the balsamic glaze and now this? You’re starting to be my recipe sharing hero. 🙂

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