Salads... in their most basic form... require little in the way of a recipe. They can be as simple as a few amazing leaves of fresh, just-picked lettuce that are left completely undressed and set alongside an entrée, to a more involved medley of veggies, grains, nuts... and more... tossed with a variety of greens and a homemade vinaigrette to create a meal that's satisfying enough to be plated on its very own for dinner. I suppose this thinking of what requires a recipe and what might not is the reason my salad file here is a bit sparse.
We eat a lot of salads, however... and sometimes convert other things into salads so that we can turn to them frequently, with little guilt and lots of satisfaction... like this Tostada Salad Salad.
What began as a pretty decadent tostada salad -- with deep-fried corn tortillas piled high with chicken and beans, lettuce and cheese, salsa, onions, avocado, and sour cream -- became a healthier form of its former self... and a bit more honest in its claim as a salad.
In this Tostada Salad Salad, white corn tortillas are very lightly brushed with some extra virgin olive oil and baked in the oven.
The meat has been replaced with black beans, sautéed with onion and garlic and punched up with one of our favorite salsas.
Then... piled high atop these crispy, bean-spread tortillas is a mix of fresh greens and goodies to mimic all the flavors of a great tostada... though in a much lighter, healthier form. There's jicama, white corn, green onions, toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), black olives, cilantro, and grape tomatoes that are then tossed
with the greens and lightly drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lime juice.
and dolloped atop the salad and tossed until fully incorporated. This mash creams up the "vinaigrette" (which is really just a relaxed drizzle of oil and acid), threading through the colorful kaleidoscope of flavors to properly attire the salad in an avocado-infused dress, confidently unadorned with the heavy accessories of a more decadent offering -- just a simple, good salad...
not really a recipe.