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  1. #1
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?


    We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    tomatoes.

    We had salad planned for tonight but I had a bug in my butt for
    zucchini pancakes. So I'm trying to make them work together.
    Unfortunatly I don't have a zuk so I'll use canned corn. We're on a
    mission to live off the larder for awhile as there's too much stuff
    here. When I make the pancakes I top with cheddar and serve with
    sour cream and/or salsa. So we're kinda leaning mexi and it won't be
    very good with a salad topped with ranch dressing.

    So I googled Mexican salad dressing and was shocked at how much is out
    there. I've got plenty of shredded chicken that been seasoned with a
    generic taco seasoning for the salad. Also baby portabellos, onion,
    tomato, ramiro pepper, carrot, and whatever else I find in the fridge.

    I found the recipe below which looks pretty good but another one had
    vinegar, dry mustard and celery seed which all sound like good
    additions also. One salad recipe called for chili beans in the salad
    which I have but I don't know if I'm going to far and if the dressing
    will clash with the beans or chicken seasoning.

    Any input is appreciated on what is probably going to be an unusual
    meal.

    MEXICAN SALAD DRESSING
    Printed from COOKS.COM

    Read more about it at
    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,161,...239204,00.html
    Content Copyright 2011 Cooks.com - All rights reserved.

    1/4 c. lemon juice
    1/4 c. water
    1/2 c. olive oil
    1 sm. onion
    2 fresh green chiles
    3 sprigs parsley, fresh
    2 cloves garlic
    1 tsp. cilantro
    1/2 tsp. cumin
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Put all ingredients in blender and blend until onion and pepper are
    chopped fine.


  2. #2
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    Well, Caesar salad was invented by a Mexican.

    Steve

  3. #3
    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    > theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    > mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    > tomatoes.
    >

    I had a wonderful "salad" at Rick Bayless' Topalobampo in Chicago with
    raw jicama, cucumber and pineapple stick salad wrapped in a large banana
    leaf cone, dusted with guaillo chili powder with a lime wedge to squeeze
    over it. It was delicious!

  4. #4
    George Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On 3/2/2011 1:57 PM, Lou Decruss wrote:
    >
    > We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    > theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    > mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    > tomatoes.


    As authentic as "Italian dressing".



    >
    > We had salad planned for tonight but I had a bug in my butt for
    > zucchini pancakes. So I'm trying to make them work together.
    > Unfortunatly I don't have a zuk so I'll use canned corn. We're on a
    > mission to live off the larder for awhile as there's too much stuff
    > here. When I make the pancakes I top with cheddar and serve with
    > sour cream and/or salsa. So we're kinda leaning mexi and it won't be
    > very good with a salad topped with ranch dressing.
    >
    > So I googled Mexican salad dressing and was shocked at how much is out
    > there. I've got plenty of shredded chicken that been seasoned with a
    > generic taco seasoning for the salad. Also baby portabellos, onion,
    > tomato, ramiro pepper, carrot, and whatever else I find in the fridge.
    >
    > I found the recipe below which looks pretty good but another one had
    > vinegar, dry mustard and celery seed which all sound like good
    > additions also. One salad recipe called for chili beans in the salad
    > which I have but I don't know if I'm going to far and if the dressing
    > will clash with the beans or chicken seasoning.
    >
    > Any input is appreciated on what is probably going to be an unusual
    > meal.
    >
    > MEXICAN SALAD DRESSING
    > Printed from COOKS.COM
    >
    > Read more about it at
    > http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,161,...239204,00.html
    > Content Copyright 2011 Cooks.com - All rights reserved.
    >
    > 1/4 c. lemon juice
    > 1/4 c. water
    > 1/2 c. olive oil
    > 1 sm. onion
    > 2 fresh green chiles
    > 3 sprigs parsley, fresh
    > 2 cloves garlic
    > 1 tsp. cilantro
    > 1/2 tsp. cumin
    > Salt and pepper to taste
    >
    > Put all ingredients in blender and blend until onion and pepper are
    > chopped fine.
    >



  5. #5
    Doug Freyburger Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    Lou Decruss wrote:
    >
    > We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    > theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    > mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    > tomatoes.


    When I was in Rosarito and Ensenada in Baja California del Norte there
    were salads available at all the places I ate, so salads are common in
    one of the states in Mexico. They came with a white sauce lighter than
    ranch.

  6. #6
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?


    "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    > theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    > mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    > tomatoes.
    >
    > We had salad planned for tonight but I had a bug in my butt for
    > zucchini pancakes. So I'm trying to make them work together.
    > Unfortunatly I don't have a zuk so I'll use canned corn. We're on a
    > mission to live off the larder for awhile as there's too much stuff
    > here. When I make the pancakes I top with cheddar and serve with
    > sour cream and/or salsa. So we're kinda leaning mexi and it won't be
    > very good with a salad topped with ranch dressing.
    >
    > So I googled Mexican salad dressing and was shocked at how much is out
    > there. I've got plenty of shredded chicken that been seasoned with a
    > generic taco seasoning for the salad. Also baby portabellos, onion,
    > tomato, ramiro pepper, carrot, and whatever else I find in the fridge.
    >
    > I found the recipe below which looks pretty good but another one had
    > vinegar, dry mustard and celery seed which all sound like good
    > additions also. One salad recipe called for chili beans in the salad
    > which I have but I don't know if I'm going to far and if the dressing
    > will clash with the beans or chicken seasoning.
    >
    > Any input is appreciated on what is probably going to be an unusual
    > meal.
    >
    > MEXICAN SALAD DRESSING
    > Printed from COOKS.COM
    >
    > Read more about it at
    > http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,161,...239204,00.html
    > Content Copyright 2011 Cooks.com - All rights reserved.
    >
    > 1/4 c. lemon juice
    > 1/4 c. water
    > 1/2 c. olive oil
    > 1 sm. onion
    > 2 fresh green chiles
    > 3 sprigs parsley, fresh
    > 2 cloves garlic
    > 1 tsp. cilantro
    > 1/2 tsp. cumin
    > Salt and pepper to taste
    >
    > Put all ingredients in blender and blend until onion and pepper are
    > chopped fine.
    >
    >

    We've traveled throughout Mexico many times, though not recently. Mexican
    cuisine is loaded with salads. See if you can find "Mexican Everyday" by
    Rick Bayless at your local library. Or purchase it; it's excellent. Look at:
    http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/category?categoryID=8

    Kent






  7. #7
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?


    "Steve Pope" <spope33@spe[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ikm451$au5$[email protected]..
    > Well, Caesar salad was invented by a Mexican.
    >
    > Steve
    >
    >

    At the Caesar Hotel in Tijuana. Classic caesar salad uses romaine, arugula,
    anchovies, egg and Parmesan cheese. The original Caesar salad was created by
    Caesar Cardini in Tijuana, Mexico and became popular with the Hollywood
    motion picture crowd.

    Ingredients:
    1 head of romaine lettuce
    1/2 bunch arugula
    3 slices cold crisp buttered toast
    1 clove garlic, cut in half
    1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    6 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon Dijon or Dusseldorf mustard
    1 two ounce can anchovies, drained and cut into pieces
    1 egg
    2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    We've had it there.

    Kent






  8. #8
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?


    "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    > theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    > mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    > tomatoes.
    >
    > We had salad planned for tonight but I had a bug in my butt for
    > zucchini pancakes. So I'm trying to make them work together.
    > Unfortunatly I don't have a zuk so I'll use canned corn. We're on a
    > mission to live off the larder for awhile as there's too much stuff
    > here. When I make the pancakes I top with cheddar and serve with
    > sour cream and/or salsa. So we're kinda leaning mexi and it won't be
    > very good with a salad topped with ranch dressing.
    >
    > So I googled Mexican salad dressing and was shocked at how much is out
    > there. I've got plenty of shredded chicken that been seasoned with a
    > generic taco seasoning for the salad. Also baby portabellos, onion,
    > tomato, ramiro pepper, carrot, and whatever else I find in the fridge.
    >
    > I found the recipe below which looks pretty good but another one had
    > vinegar, dry mustard and celery seed which all sound like good
    > additions also. One salad recipe called for chili beans in the salad
    > which I have but I don't know if I'm going to far and if the dressing
    > will clash with the beans or chicken seasoning.
    >
    > Any input is appreciated on what is probably going to be an unusual
    > meal.
    >
    > MEXICAN SALAD DRESSING
    > Printed from COOKS.COM
    >
    > Read more about it at
    > http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,161,...239204,00.html
    > Content Copyright 2011 Cooks.com - All rights reserved.
    >
    > 1/4 c. lemon juice
    > 1/4 c. water
    > 1/2 c. olive oil
    > 1 sm. onion
    > 2 fresh green chiles
    > 3 sprigs parsley, fresh
    > 2 cloves garlic
    > 1 tsp. cilantro
    > 1/2 tsp. cumin
    > Salt and pepper to taste
    >
    > Put all ingredients in blender and blend until onion and pepper are
    > chopped fine.


    I have Mexican cookbooks and there are salad recipes or recipes involving
    dressing. One of the most simple ones is a hollowed out half dill pickle
    filled with tuna salad. The salads are not necessarily the same as what we
    would eat here. And certainly not a taco salad. That's an American
    invention.



  9. #9
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:09:26 -0500, Goomba <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >> We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    >> theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    >> mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    >> tomatoes.
    >>

    >I had a wonderful "salad" at Rick Bayless' Topalobampo in Chicago with
    >raw jicama, cucumber and pineapple stick salad wrapped in a large banana
    >leaf cone, dusted with guaillo chili powder with a lime wedge to squeeze
    >over it. It was delicious!


    Why not, the pineapple is native to Mexico, and no one who lives in
    Mexico eats TexMex... you'd be hard pressed to find chili in Mexico.
    Mexico is a big country boardered by two oceans, they eat a tremendous
    amount of seafood.

  10. #10
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?


    "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:09:26 -0500, Goomba <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Lou Decruss wrote:
    >>> We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    >>> theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    >>> mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    >>> tomatoes.
    >>>

    >>I had a wonderful "salad" at Rick Bayless' Topalobampo in Chicago with
    >>raw jicama, cucumber and pineapple stick salad wrapped in a large banana
    >>leaf cone, dusted with guaillo chili powder with a lime wedge to squeeze
    >>over it. It was delicious!

    >
    > Why not, the pineapple is native to Mexico, and no one who lives in
    > Mexico eats TexMex... you'd be hard pressed to find chili in Mexico.
    > Mexico is a big country boardered by two oceans, they eat a tremendous
    > amount of seafood.



    My neighbor recently got back from a trip to the gulf coast side of Mexico
    and she expressed surprise (!) that the food was not at all spicy and they
    ate a lot of fish. Also 'salads'. And the markets had many different types
    of greens and fruit. In the U.S. we tend to think of everything Mexican by
    'Tex Mex'. Refried beans, tamales, tacos. Oh sure, they eat tacos.
    They're not like anything you can get at Taco Bell, though. Avocado,
    anyone?

    Jill


  11. #11
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On 3/3/2011 4:26 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:09:26 -0500, Goomba <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Lou Decruss wrote:
    >>>> We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    >>>> theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    >>>> mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    >>>> tomatoes.
    >>>>
    >>> I had a wonderful "salad" at Rick Bayless' Topalobampo in Chicago with
    >>> raw jicama, cucumber and pineapple stick salad wrapped in a large banana
    >>> leaf cone, dusted with guaillo chili powder with a lime wedge to squeeze
    >>> over it. It was delicious!

    >>
    >> Why not, the pineapple is native to Mexico, and no one who lives in
    >> Mexico eats TexMex... you'd be hard pressed to find chili in Mexico.
    >> Mexico is a big country boardered by two oceans, they eat a tremendous
    >> amount of seafood.

    >
    >
    > My neighbor recently got back from a trip to the gulf coast side of
    > Mexico and she expressed surprise (!) that the food was not at all spicy
    > and they ate a lot of fish. Also 'salads'. And the markets had many
    > different types of greens and fruit. In the U.S. we tend to think of
    > everything Mexican by 'Tex Mex'. Refried beans, tamales, tacos. Oh sure,
    > they eat tacos. They're not like anything you can get at Taco Bell,
    > though. Avocado, anyone?
    >
    > Jill



    I've been trying to tell people this for years. I love the cuisine of
    interior Mexico. I really don't care at all for Tex Mex or "Border
    Food" I much prefer flavor to fire.

    We have a couple of restaurants south of the border here that do prepare
    more traditional Mexican fare. They also have the border food on their
    menus for tourists and Tex Mex aficionados.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

  12. #12
    Ema Nymton Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On 3/3/2011 9:58 AM, Janet Wilder wrote:
    >
    > We have a couple of restaurants south of the border here that do
    > prepare more traditional Mexican fare. They also have the border food
    > on their menus for tourists and Tex Mex aficionados.
    >


    When we were in Mexico in January, we ate at the Pavita Iguana House and
    at Angel's Restaurant, up on the 4th floor. Angel's brought out a bowl
    of jalapenos and I ate about 6 of them with dinner. The food was good
    at both places. On the American side, we had barbacoa served with home
    made chile verde and it was also very good. I think George is ready to
    retire down there.

    Becca

  13. #13
    Lou Decruss Guest

  14. #14
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:09:26 -0500, Goomba <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >> We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    >> theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    >> mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    >> tomatoes.
    >>

    >I had a wonderful "salad" at Rick Bayless' Topalobampo in Chicago with
    >raw jicama, cucumber and pineapple stick salad wrapped in a large banana
    >leaf cone, dusted with guaillo chili powder with a lime wedge to squeeze
    >over it. It was delicious!


    That sounds really good. Bayless gets lots of airtime here recently
    with the new restaurants he opened at O'hare. He's kinda annoying on
    TV but his food sure looks great.

    Lou

  15. #15
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:58:11 -0600, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 3/3/2011 4:26 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >> "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:09:26 -0500, Goomba <[email protected]>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Lou Decruss wrote:
    >>>>> We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    >>>>> theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    >>>>> mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    >>>>> tomatoes.
    >>>>>
    >>>> I had a wonderful "salad" at Rick Bayless' Topalobampo in Chicago with
    >>>> raw jicama, cucumber and pineapple stick salad wrapped in a large banana
    >>>> leaf cone, dusted with guaillo chili powder with a lime wedge to squeeze
    >>>> over it. It was delicious!
    >>>
    >>> Why not, the pineapple is native to Mexico, and no one who lives in
    >>> Mexico eats TexMex... you'd be hard pressed to find chili in Mexico.
    >>> Mexico is a big country boardered by two oceans, they eat a tremendous
    >>> amount of seafood.

    >>
    >>
    >> My neighbor recently got back from a trip to the gulf coast side of
    >> Mexico and she expressed surprise (!) that the food was not at all spicy
    >> and they ate a lot of fish. Also 'salads'. And the markets had many
    >> different types of greens and fruit. In the U.S. we tend to think of
    >> everything Mexican by 'Tex Mex'. Refried beans, tamales, tacos. Oh sure,
    >> they eat tacos. They're not like anything you can get at Taco Bell,
    >> though. Avocado, anyone?
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    >
    >I've been trying to tell people this for years. I love the cuisine of
    >interior Mexico. I really don't care at all for Tex Mex or "Border
    >Food" I much prefer flavor to fire.
    >
    >We have a couple of restaurants south of the border here that do prepare
    >more traditional Mexican fare. They also have the border food on their
    >menus for tourists and Tex Mex aficionados.


    Thanks to you an Jill. I was curious.

    Lou











  16. #16
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On Wed, 02 Mar 2011 16:34:11 -0500, George <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On 3/2/2011 1:57 PM, Lou Decruss wrote:
    >>
    >> We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    >> theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    >> mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    >> tomatoes.

    >
    >As authentic as "Italian dressing".
    >

    LOL.

    Lou

  17. #17
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 22:18:51 +0000 (UTC), Doug Freyburger
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >>
    >> We've all probably seen taco salads on menus but is that just some
    >> theme restaurant thing or is there anything authentic about it? The
    >> mexi places I've been to just serve shredded lettuce and chopped
    >> tomatoes.

    >
    >When I was in Rosarito and Ensenada in Baja California del Norte there
    >were salads available at all the places I ate, so salads are common in
    >one of the states in Mexico. They came with a white sauce lighter than
    >ranch.


    Interesting. Thanks.

    Lou

  18. #18
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 14:38:18 -0800, "Kent" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >


    >>

    >We've traveled throughout Mexico many times, though not recently. Mexican
    >cuisine is loaded with salads. See if you can find "Mexican Everyday" by
    >Rick Bayless at your local library. Or purchase it; it's excellent. Look at:
    >http://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/category?categoryID=8
    >
    >Kent


    Great link. Thanks for the reply.

    Lou

  19. #19
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On 02/03/2011 2:00 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
    > Well, Caesar salad was invented by a Mexican.
    >
    >

    To pick a nit...... The Mexican who invented it was Italian born. So it
    may be that he made it as a result of his Italian roots. BTW... he was
    a chef who worked in San Diego and in Tijuana.


  20. #20
    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Do Mexicans Really Eat Salad?

    On Mar 2, 2:42*pm, "Kent" <keh6...@ana.yahoo.com> wrote:
    > "Steve Pope" <spop...@speedymail.org> wrote in message
    >
    > news:ikm451$au5$[email protected]..> Well, Caesar salad was invented by aMexican.
    >
    > > Steve

    >
    > At the Caesar Hotel in Tijuana. *Classic caesar salad uses romaine, arugula,
    > anchovies, egg and Parmesan cheese. The original Caesar salad was createdby
    > Caesar Cardini in Tijuana, Mexico and became popular with the Hollywood
    > motion picture crowd.
    >
    > Ingredients:
    > 1 head of romaine lettuce
    > 1/2 bunch arugula
    > 3 slices cold crisp buttered toast
    > 1 clove garlic, cut in half
    > 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    > 6 tablespoons olive oil
    > 1 teaspoon Dijon or Dusseldorf mustard
    > 1 two ounce can anchovies, drained and cut into pieces
    > 1 egg
    > 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    > Freshly ground black pepper to taste
    >
    > We've had it there.
    >


    The original Caesar salad had no anchovies. It was made with
    Worcestershire sauce.


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