I love a good salad. And I love spicy dishes. So this Mexican Chopped Salad with Jalapeño Dressing recipe checks both those boxes. This salad is one of those healthy and delicious salads we should eat more often.
For a little protein, this salad includes some delicious chicken. Also included in some Mexican Hominy just like I used in my Mexican Black Bean and Hominy Salad.
💭 What is Hominy
If you've never heard of Hominy, It's basically corn that has been treated. If you are curious about how it's made check out this explanation on Wikipedia. Personally, I use the canned hominy for my recipes. Cheap and easy to find at most local grocery stores.
As far as the chicken goes, you can either cook yours from raw, use frozen chicken tenders are even buy one of those freshly baked chickens from your local grocery store. If you are going to be handling raw chicken, make sure you practice safe food handling.
🌶 How to Handle Hot Peppers
The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn. Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
🐓 How to Handle Raw Chicken
Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
Wash all utensils and cutting board (if applicable).
If marinating the chicken, make sure you toss the juices before you cook. Don't ever use the juice from the marinade.
Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
🥑 How to cut an Avocado
🌡️ How Hot are the Peppers
The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.
|Pepper Type||Spiciness Rating|
|Bell Pepper||0 on the Scoville Scale|
|Banana Pepper||0-500 on the Scoville Scale|
|Poblano Pepper||1000-1500 on the Scoville Scale|
|Jalapeño Pepper||2500-8000 on the Scoville Scale|
|Tabasco & Cayenne||30,000-50,000 on the Scoville Scale|
|Habanero Pepper||100,000-300,000 on the Scoville Scale|
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📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this salad recipe: Pickled Jalapeños, Mayonnaise, Mexican Crema, Fresh Cilantro, Lime Juice, Paprika, Milk, Mexican Hominy, Cayenne Pepper, Romaine Lettuce, Chicken Breasts, Mango, Avocados, Grape Tomatoes, Yellow Bell Pepper and Raisins.
🥣 How to Make this Mexican Chopped Salad with Jalapeno Dressing
MAKE THE JALAPEÑO DRESSING
Combine first 6 ingredients. Add milk for desired consistency. Cover and chill till ready to serve
PREPARE THE HOMINY
Cook hominy medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes. stirring. sprinkly with cayenne
ASSEMBLE THE SALAD
In a large serving bowl, combine hominy and rest of ingredients. top with dressing, queso fresco and tortilla strips.
Mexican Chopped Salad with Jalapeño Dressing
JALAPENO DRESSING INGREDIENTS
- ½ Cup Pickled Jalapeños, finely chopped
- ½ Cup Mayonnaise
- ½ Cup Mexican Crema
- ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- 1 Cup Mexican Hominy
- Cayenne Pepper
- 4 Cups Romaine Lettuce, Shredded
- 1 Cup Chicken Breasts, Shredded
- 1 Mango, Diced
- 1 Avocado, Diced
- ⅔ Cup Grape Tomatoes, Halved
- ½ Yellow Bell Pepper, Diced
- ½ Cup Raisins
SALAD TOPPINGS (OPTIONAL)
- Queso Fresco
- Tortilla Strips
MAKE THE DRESSING
- Combine first 6 ingredients. Add milk for desired consistency. Cover and Chill till ready to serve
PREPARE THE HOMINY
- Cook hominy medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes. stirring. sprinkly with cayenne
ASSEMBLE THE SALAD
- In a large serving bowl, combine hominy and rest of ingredients. top with dressing, queso fresco and tortilla strips.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.