Santa Fe Salad

Santa Fe Salad

Santa Fe Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • CAJUN CHICKEN:
  • 2 whole chicken breasts cut in half
  • vegetable oil
  • favourite chili powder
  • PEANUT LIME VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/4 cup each: fresh peanuts, vegetable or peanut oil and fresh lime juice (2 limes)
  • 1/2 Tbl peanut butter
  • 1 tsp each sugar and soy sauce
  • 1 small clove garlic, pressed or finely chopped
  • 2 Tbl lime zest (2 limes)
  • SALAD:
  • 1 cup fresh dates, chopped into 1/4" pieces
  • 2 small corn tortillas*
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 7-8 cups each mixed greens and chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cob corn (or 3/4 cup corn kernels)
  • vegetable oil
  • 14 oz can (398 ml) black beans, well rinsed and well drained
  • 1 avocado
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts

 

THE BUILDING PROCESS

  • CAJUN CHICKEN: Rub chicken breasts all over with vegetable oil; sprinkle chili powder liberally on both sides. Grill over medium-high heat or broil until done. Set aside. Slice diagonally into 1/4" wide slices.
  • PEANUT LIME VINAIGRETTE: Process ingredients in a small food processor until almost smooth. There should be tiny chunks of peanut and lime. SALAD: Up to one day ahead: 1) prepare deep fried tortilla pieces: slice tortillas into pieces 1/8" wide and 1" long. Heat oil in a small pot or skillet to 375 degrees. Drop tortilla pieces in batches; drain on paper towel; sprinkle on salt (may be kept loosely covered at room temperature for 1 day)(coarsely crushed tortilla chips or purchased deep fried chow mein noodles may be substituted) 2) grill corn: rub corn with vegetable oil; place over medium-high grill. Cook, rotating until lightly brown tinged. Remove kernels. (May be chilled until using.) To assemble salad, place lettuces in a large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to lightly coat. Add corn, dates and black beans and half the feta cheese and tortilla piece into lettuces; gently toss. Divide lettuce mixture between 4 dinner plates. Thinly slice avocado and divide between 4 plates, placing on the side. Top each salad with crumbled feta cheese, tortilla pieces, chicken pieces and chopped peanuts, if desired.