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Sunday Salad Samplers - Fajita Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce


This week's recipe was chosen by Kim of What I Really Think . I made a few changes to the recipe. I used shrimp because we had eaten chicken the last couple of days. Instead of green bell peppers, I used tri-color small peppers and grilled them along with the onions. I skipped the cheese because I don't like cheese and seafood together. When plating it, I put a dollop of the creamy cilantro sauce over the bed of lettuce and topped it with the shrimp and veggies. In place of the tomato, I added a couple of tablespoons of homemade salsa to top the salad and give it bit more heat. Since we are in the habit of eating an avocado a day, I sliced half of one to finish this fabulous fresh salad.

It was so good and really simple. It will definitely be a staple salad meal at my house. Thanks Kim for a great recipe and for including the nutritional information.


Fajita Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound skinned, boned chicken breast, cut into thin strips
Cooking spray
6 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 1/3 cups thinly sliced green bell pepper rings
1 cup sliced red onion, separated into rings
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium tomato, cut into 8 wedges
Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add chicken; toss to coat. Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add chicken mixture; sauté 8 minutes or until chicken is done. Set aside.

Divide lettuce and next 6 ingredients (lettuce through tomato) among 4 bowls; top with chicken mixture. Serve with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 serving salad, 3 ounces chicken, and 1/3 cup sauce)

CALORIES 520 (38% from fat); FAT 21.9g (sat 6g,mono 6.8g,poly 6g); IRON 5.4mg; CHOLESTEROL 101mg; CALCIUM 360mg; CARBOHYDRATE 34.7g; SODIUM 1061mg; PROTEIN 3.6g; FIBER 6.6g

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

This recipe goes with Fajita Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup skim milk
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 large garlic cloves, minced

Combine all ingredients, and stir well with a whisk. Cover sauce, and chill.

Yield: 1 1/3 cups (serving size: 1/3 cup)

CALORIES 113 (65% from fat); FAT 8.1g (sat 1.2g,mono 2.4g,poly 4.2g); IRON 0.2mg; CHOLESTEROL 10mg; CALCIUM 32mg; CARBOHYDRATE 6.6g; SODIUM 254mg; PROTEIN 3.2g; FIBER 0.1g

Comments (7)

Yes, great minds! Too funny that you used shrimp too. I want to try it with chicken sometime too. The salsa and the avocado were great ideas - it looks delicious. I'm really enjoying all these salads!

BTW, I just posted Part One about the cat sanctuary I told you about. I took so many photos I'm going to have to do installments. :)

I forgot to ask you...how is Brunetti and what book are you on? :)


Oh avocado, that's a really good idea - looks great.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, your salad looks very delicious. And I loved the changes you made. You and Annie made it with shrimp and it looks so good. I will have to try it with shrimp too next time. I loved the idea of using salsa in place of the slices of tomato. Great idea to add the slices of avocado. I love avocado and especially when they are in salads. You're so creative. This was such a filling salad and so healthy.

Thanks for sharing Maria! Have a great evening!

Annie, Brunetti is at the moment trying to solve the murder of the kidnapped son of an aristocratic Venetian family. I'm 2/3 on this one and eager to know the outcome.

A few times I've had the urge to open a map of Venice to locate some of the places he goes to, like Biancat and some of the campi I'm not familiar with. I guess I should consider getting Brunetti's Venice.

Since I bought all the books in a matter of weeks, I had to make a list and number the books in order to read them by date of publication. I'm about half way down the list so it should keep me busy until the end of July. When I’m finished I have no idea what I’ll do to get my Venetian fix! :)

I bought "Brunetti's Venice" in Venice in December (the British version not the US version) and the maps in it are excellent. It shows Biancat, the Brunetti apartment, and even the locations of fictional places like the palazzo owned by Paola's parents. Pretty cool.

You are lucky to have a couple more months of reading - enjoy!

Annie, I'll order Sepeda's book when I'm ready to read About Face. It'll be a fun and interesting summer, "being" in Venice!

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