I have a list of things I want to do. One of them is to cook every recipe in a cookbook so I’m working my way through Rick Bayless’ Everyday Mexican. I’ve eaten a lot of good stuff. This series is the record of those adventures.
I like this salad because it is a study of contrasts in flavor delivery. I know that sounds very weird, but stay with me. You start this salad by making a dressing of roasted garlic, jalapeños, lime juice, cilantro and oil. This produces a bright green sauce. I like bright green and consider this a good thing. You use one third of the sauce to marinate the grilled chicken, one third to dress the romaine lettuce and one third is mixed with avocados and grilled onions to make a sort of rockstar guacamole.
- It's so good! As Rachel Zoe would say "I die".
Okay, back to my pretentious "flavory delivery" theory. This salad is genius because it basically delivers the same flavor on three different "canvases"(snob alert). The romaine is crispy, the guacamole is both creamy and onion-sweet and the chicken is smoky. The same flavor three ways! It's a revolution people.
- Add a little dusting queso fresco on top to bring it all together and enjoy my friends. En-joy.