Mexican pear and candied pistachio salad: Ensalada de pera y pistache garapiñada

Use whatever dark salad greens are available in your local market for this pear and candied pistachio salad. Mixed baby greens are ideal, but no iceberg lettuce here, please. The nuts can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container. The honey chipotle vinaigrette dressing can also be made ahead and stored in the […]

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Baby new potatoes with garlic and cumin: Papitas al ajillo

Choose the very smallest white or red potatoes you can find. Sometimes in Cholula, I find potatoes as small as marbles. This recipe is adapted from Larousse de la Cocina Mexicana by Alicia Gironella D’Angeli and Giorgio D’Angeli. Ingredients 1 ½ pounds baby new potatoes, as small as possible 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced […]

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Mexican chicken salad with chipotle vinaigrette known as salpicon de pollo © Karen Hursh Graber, 2014

Mexican chicken salad with chipotle vinaigrette: Salpicon de pollo

Flavored with smoky chipotles, this recipe for salpicon de pollo is adapted from one by Vicki Cowal, who had adapted it herself, from Margaret Poore’s 1,000 Mexican Recipes. Here in Cholula, the regional specialty called chipocludos — sweet and tart pickled chipotles — is sold in the market and frequently prepared at home. I have given a recipe for […]

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Mexican shrimp, avocado and papaya salad © Lorraine Russo, 2004

Mexican shrimp, avocado and papaya salad: Ensalada de camaron, aguacate y papaya

This refreshing Mexican salad combines shrimp, avocado, papaya and red bell pepper. Perfect for hot weather, it is a healthy and delicious choice. Ingredients 4 ripe avocados cubed 1/4 med. sized ripe papaya cubed 1 lb. shelled, deveined & cooked small shrimp 1 large red bell pepper thinly sliced julienne style 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 red […]

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Mexican crab salad

Mexican crab salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette: Cangrejo con con vinaigreta de cilantro y limon

The bright, fresh taste of the tomatoes and cucumbers make Mexican crab salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette a refreshing spring salad. Serve it on lettuce, accompanied by fresh lime wedges. Ingredients 1 pound cooked lump crabmeat 1 cup chopped cucumber 1 cup chopped tomato 1/3 cup chopped red onion Salt to taste ½ teaspoon chipotle […]

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Grilled Nopales Salad: Ensalada de Nopales Asados

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 grilled vegetable) at one of our parilladas (Mexican version of an outdoor barbeque) I made a salad with the leftovers. In my opinion, the grilled nopales, with […]

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The comadre’s Russian Salad: Ensalada rusa de la comadre

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 a creamy dressing, such as a mayonnaise dressing, are always the basic ingredients. The Spanish version, served as a tapa, includes the typically Iberian green […]

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