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Happy Cinco de Mayo -- Anyone have a recipe for a Mexican garden salad that includes fresh strawberries?

Asked by ETpro (34247 points ) May 5th, 2012

I’m off to El Pelon 1 down near Fenway Park to pick up the main courses for a Cinco de Mayo dinner. We’ve got our own chips and salsa. We’ve got just about every kind of fresh garden vegetable there is. And we just picked up a big batch of very ripe sweet strawberries.

I’m the chef for tonight, and I know my wife is going to want a salad and want those strawberries sliced up in it. She’s been playing around with strawberries in salads using sweet & spicy French dressing. She likes it, but the tastes clash to me. Does anyone have a recipe or suggestion for how to blend sliced strawberries into a Mexican Garden Salad and make it work?

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Sunny2's avatar

I’m with you. The strawberries would clash with a typical Mexican salad. But a big glass bowl of strawberries is beautiful and festive in any language.

muppetish's avatar

Does it have to be a vegetable salad? Because my significant other recommends arugula, strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese, and a vinaigrette. We’ve had this before and the strawberries added a really interesting contrast to the salad.

Apples typically go better because it still has citrus notes. Strawberries are a little too sweet, though.

bkcunningham's avatar

I was thinking strawberry margaritas, but since you said salad how about a strawberry dressing for your salad? Have a great weekend!

6–8 large strawberries
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup water
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon honey

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a strong blender. Add more water if you prefer a lighter consistency. This recipe works just as well if you substitute the strawberries with any other type of berry; blueberries and blackberries work especially well.

janbb's avatar

@muppetish Yes – I do a similar salad with spinach leaves, walnuts, strawberries, goat cheese and a viniagrette. You could do something with queso blanco instead of the goat cheese and sliced avocados as well as the strawberries and a lime vinaigrette if you wanted it more Mexicany, I suppose.

Coloma's avatar

Strawberry Margaritas…hands down, forget the salad, whip out the Cuervo! :-D

Kardamom's avatar

I was thinking along the same lines as @janbb. Queso blanco is really tasty and would pair very nicely with the strawberries and a balsamic vinaigrette and avocados.

ETpro's avatar

@Sunny2 You can’t go wrong with the simple approach. Thanks.

@muppetish That one sounds fantastic. I’m going to have arugulated.

@bkcunningham My babe is just a sip or two short of being a total teetotaler. But making a strawberry dressing sounds like a terrific icea. Thanks.

@janbb & @Kardamom Great idea. Take the cheese south of the border.

@Coloma That’d be my preferred solution (pun intended) but booze just not her cup of tea.

bkcunningham's avatar

What did you do with the strawberries, @ETpro?

ETpro's avatar

@bkcunningham By the time we finally settled in for dinner last night, neither of us wanted a salad. So they have gone into Central this morning and more into French bean vanilla ice cream this evening. Tomorrow what’s left goes into a salad. I’ll let you know which one.

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