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Mexican pasta salad with jalapeño vinaigrette: Coditos con salsa Karen Hursh Graber

This Mexican pasta salad with jalapeño vinaigrette is a great side dish to serve with grilled meat, chicken or fish. It's quick and easy to put together at the last minute, or it can be made up to one... read more

Mexican marinated mixed vegetable salad: Chileajo Karen Hursh Graber

When we lived in Oaxaca, I liked to go the food stands that were right outside the university faculties downtown, especially the school of architecture, which was right next to a small park, with plent... read more

Mexican chicken salad with chipotle vinaigrette: Salpicon de pollo Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican chicken salad with chipotle vinaigrette known as salpicon de pollo © Karen Hursh Graber, 2014 Flavored with smoky chipotles, this recipe for salpicon de pollo is adapted from one by Vicki ... read more

Mexican vegetable salad with yogurt dressing: Ensalada de verduras con aderezo de yogurt Karen Hursh Graber

This salad has typical Mexican vegetables — calabacita (zucchini), chayote, corn and tomatoes — but the dressing could be used on any vegetable salad, such as a broccoli or bean salad, or a cobb-st... read more

Mexican blessed beet salad: Ensalada de betabel bendito Karen Hursh Graber

In her introduction to this Mexican blessed beet salad recipe, Chef Susana Trilling explains that it got its name from that fact that she got the beets from a religious festival float that was decorate... read more

Mexican guava vinaigrette: Vinagreta de guayaba Karen Hursh Graber

Guava is an important crop in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Because of its high pectin content, the golden fruit is a favorite for making jams,  jellies and marmalades.
© Diodora Bucur, 2009
The slight sweetness of this Mexican guava vinaigrette dressing works well with peppery and bitter greens such as arugula, endive and frisee. The Vinagreta de guayaba recipe is adapted from Larousse de la Cocina Mexicana by Alicia Gironella and Giorgio De'Angeli. read more

Oaxaca salad by Pilar Cabrera: Ensalada Oaxaca por Pilar Cabrera Karen Hursh Graber

Pilar Cabrera, chef, cooking instructor and, most recently, participant in Iron Chef Canada, shares this recipe with Mexconnect readers. Ingredients 250 grams (about ½ pound) of organic lettuc... read more

Tamarind Chipotle Dressing by Pilar Cabrera: Aderezo de tamarindo y chipotle por Pilar Cabrera Karen Hursh Graber

Pilar Cabrara created this dressing was designed for her exclusive Oaxaca Salad. Ingredients 100 ml (about 3 fluid ounces) adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo) 250 ml (about 8 fl... read more

Baby greens with pumpkin seeds and Mexican lime vinaigrette: Ensalada verde con pepitas y vinagreta de limon Karen Hursh Graber

Green salads in Mexico often come with just a wedge of lime, but this dressed up version uses olive oil and jalapeños to make a lime vinaigrette. The contrasting textures of the avocado and pepitas ar... read more

Avocado and orange salad: Ensalada de aguacate con naranja Karen Hursh Graber

This salad was inspired by the nearly football-size avocados we bought in the market in San Blas Atempa, a small town right outside Tehuantepec. We had seen some similar ones from Chiapas, but were tol... read more

Cholula Style Vegetable Salad: Ensalada Cholulterranea Karen Hursh Graber

Both types of squash used in this dish, along with pumpkin seeds and squash blossoms, are characteristic ingredients in Central Mexican cooking. If chilacayote is unavailable in your area, substitute c... read more

Pomegranate Vinaigrette: Vinaigreta de Granada Karen Hursh Graber

This dressing is good on any green salad when a fairly sweet dressing is desired. It is excellent on a salad of sliced oranges and red onions, garnished with pomegranate seeds. Ingredients: Jui... read more

The Comrad's Russian Salad: Ensalada Rusa de la Comadre Karen Hursh Graber

The original Russian salad was made with smetana, a thick, slightly sour cream used in Russian and Finnish cooking. Variations may include shredded beef and a variety of vegetables, but potatoes and... read more

Mango and Avocado Salad: Ensalada de Mango y Aguacate Karen Hursh Graber

The combination of mangos and avocados gets a colorful and tasty lift from the addition of red bell peppers. Fresh bell pepper ( pimiento morrón) once meant green bell pepper, and red ones were avai... read more

Grilled Nopales Salad: Ensalada de Nopales Asados Karen Hursh Graber

In a previous column, I gave a recipe for the standard nopales salad that the market ladies all over the country seem to sell, but when my husband overdid it on the grilled nopales (his favorite ... read more

Spinach and Watercress Salad: Ensalada de Espinacas y Berros Karen Hursh Graber

Two of the most common greens in central Mexico are combined here with corn, radishes and scallions for a very Mexican take on a tossed green salad. Ingredients may be prepared in advance, stored separ... read more

Mixed Green Salad With Passion Fruit Dressing: Ensalada Mixta Con Aderezo De Maracuya Karen Hursh Graber

Passion fruit pulp is now more readily available north of the border than it is in Mexico. Here we have to wait for maracuya to come into season, whereas in the north, it is available year round in ... read more

Nopal Salad: Ensalada de Nopalitos Karen Hursh Graber

The market ladies in Puebla sell this salad ready-made, ladling it into plastic bags to "take-out." The basic recipe consists of nopales, green onions and cilantro; other ingredients, such as tomatoes,... read more

Cold Beef Salad: Salpicon de Res Karen Hursh Graber

There are many versions of salpicón, which varies from region to region and can contain meat, fish or seafood, but the beef version seems to be the most common. This is a great buffet dish because ... read more

Vegetable Salad: Ensalada de Verduras Ana María Flores Sánchez

Serves 6 Ingredients: 11 oz. potatoes 7 oz. carrots 7 oz. canned peas 1 cup cream 1 cup mayonnaise 1 stalk celery, chopped 1/4 cup canned pimento, chopped 1 t... read more

Mexican Style Watercress and Spinach Salad: Ensalada de Berros con Espinacas Karen Hursh Graber

In this recipe, two of central Mexico's favorite greens are combined with corn, radishes and green onions and dressed with a chile vinaigrette. This makes a good accompaniment to almost any barbequed m... read more

Papaya seed salad dressing: Aderezo de semilla de papaya Karen Hursh Graber

This tangy dressing is perfect for a salad of mixed greens. The recipe was adapted from one by Vicky Cowell, who writes an interesting and informative food column for the Herald Mexico, Mexico's English language newspaper. read more

Pumpkin Seed Salad Dressing or Dip: Salsa de Pepitas Karen Hursh Graber

This versatile recipe may be used as a salad dressing or as a dip for crudités or chips. If using as a dip, eliminate the mayonnaise and water. The dressing is approximately as thick as a blue ch... read more

Mexican grapefruit salad: Ensalada de toronja Karen Hursh Graber

This is a very refreshing salad. In Southern Mexico, grapefruit salad would most likely be made with fruit vinegar, especially pineapple vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is a good substitute. Only a sm... read more

Sangrita salad dressing: Aderezo de sangrita para ensaladas Karen Hursh Graber

Salad dressings with tequila and sangrita are used frequently in the cooking style known as La Nueva Cocina Mexicana, and the two work just as well together on salads as they do in beverages. Sangrita ... read more
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