Wednesday, February 9, 2011

El Torito's Cilantro and Pepita Salad Dressing

This is a copy cat recipe of El torito's mexican ceasar salad dressing. This cilantro and pepita seed dressing is creamy and so delicious.

4 romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
2 medium size tomatoes, diced
1 large roasted red bell pepper, peeled, chopped and seeded
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1 piece wheat tortilla, cut into thin strips,  slow baked until crisp

Salad dressing
1 large anaheim chili, roasted, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/4 teaspoon salt (add more if needed)
7 ounces salad oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons grated Cotija cheese (you can also use Parmesan cheese if you cannot find Cotija)
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stemmed
3/4 cups mayonnaise
1/8 cup water

1. Salad dressing. Place all dressing ingredients except cilantro, mayonnaise and water in a blender of food processor.

2. Blend approximately 10 seconds, and then add cilantro little by little until blended smooth.

3. Blend in mayonnaise and water until well blended.

4. Salad. Combine all salad ingredients together, then spread some salad dressing over the greens.

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