Thursday, February 9, 2012

7 Days, 7 Salads - Mexican Gordita Salad

Today is the last day of my 7 Days, 7 Salads series.  I really enjoyed coming up with 7 interesting salads and my husband enjoyed eating them!  I hope you all enjoyed them, too.  Let me know what you think.  I love your comments!

Despite the fact that I count Mexican food as among my favorites and that I live within walking distance of at least a dozen Mexican restaurants I had never had a gordita before.  By definition a gordita is is a corn cake made with masa harina (cornmeal) and stuffed with cheese, meat or other fillings (according to Wikipedia.)

These gorditas come from Trader Joes and are vegetarian and gluten free. 


for the salad (serves 2):
baby romaine & spinach
1/3 cup corn
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 gorditas warmed according to directions
refried pinto beans
tortilla chips
lite Mexican blend grated cheese
avocado or guacamole

for the dressing:
1 Tablespoon red salsa
1 Tablespoon of low or nonfat sour cream or greek yogurt
splash of apple cider vinegar

Arrange salad ingredients on plate.  Place gordita on top and add a generous amount of refried beans, grated cheese and a dollop of guacamole.  Arrange chips around edge of plate.  Drizzle dressing on top.  Keep in mind that the dressing made with greek jogurt will be tart, use sour cream instead if you prefer.

If you don't want or can't get the gordita this salad would be just as good with a tostada (fried corn tortilla) or even just the chips with the beans on top...sort of a nacho salad.

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