Why is it called a Fiesta Salad? Because it is like a party in my mouth. Yes….I did just say that. If you are not a fan of Mexican food, then don’t worry, because my crazy amounts of posts about my love of Mexican food will soon be coming to an end, or at least being toned down a bit. But for you Mexican food lovers, why not liven up your salads with a Mexican twist? A great way to use leftovers. If you can manage to save any leftovers from your Mexican dinner of course.
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Although I made this today simply by throwing together all the leftovers from last night’s Cinco de Mayo tacos and putting them on top of a salad, this is actually a big of a nostalgic meal. When we were in Mexico last year, our hotel had the most amazing buffet. Not your usual low quality buffet food, but incredible and traditional Mexican dishes, alongside the most badass salad bar you have ever seen.
Being the health concious foodie that I am, I saw the opportunity to create an insane Mexican salad – despite the strange looks from my fellow buffet lovers. Bowl piled high with every lettuce leaf that they had and a squeeze of lime juice for the dressing. Then to the meat section for whatever slow cooked, Mexican spiced meat they were offering that day and then I topped it all off with an obscene amount of guacamole (hey, it was free) and the second hottest salsa they had (the salad might be badass, but I am not) and some sour cream, just in case I had been too crazy with the salsa. It was one of my favourite meals for the 2 weeks we were there and I usually recreate it the day after we have Mexican for dinner.
Okay, enough talk. Here is how I throw it all together.
Ingredients - Serves 1
- 1 portion of slow cooked BBQ chicken (I added chipotle powder to mine this time)
- Half an avocado, mashed with coriander (cilantro), sea salt and black pepper and a little red chilli
- 1 portion of Pico de Gallo
- 1 tbsp 0% Greek yoghurt (to substitute the sour cream)
- Mixed salad greens
What is your favourite salad to make with leftovers? Leave a comment below.
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