Organic Emily

Spicy Mexican Salad Bowls

Spicy Mexican Salad Bowls

I love this dish!  It’s healthy, satisfying and delicious!  My mom made it for me a while back and I just had to share!  This healthier version of Cafe Rio’s salad with green tomatillo ranch dressing is mouth watering!  I like it vegetarian style but you can always add a tender shredded beef or chicken if you want!  This recipe serves 6-8.

Cilantro Lime Rice:
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of 1 lime
2 cups chicken broth or water
Cook all ingredients above in a rice cooker or over the stove in a pan according to directions on the rice package.
Off the heat add:
2 limes juiced
2 teaspoons agave or organic sugar
3-4 tablespoons chopped cilantro (1/2 bunch)
Set aside.
Fresh Tomato Onion Salsa:
In a large bowl mix together:
5 large tomatoes
1/2 white onion, minced
1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Set aside.
Tomatillo Ranch Dressing:
1 cup water
1 cup cashews
Blend well.
2 tomatillos
1 jalapeno, seeded
1 lime zested
2 limes juiced
1 bunch cilantro
1 package of ‘Simply Organic’ brand ranch dressing mix
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas: (found this great recipe from a friend.  It makes 6 large or 12 small tortillas)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup organic canola oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup warm water
Beat ingredients in an electric bowl fitted with a paddle attachment and mix for 3 minutes.  Divide dough into 6 or 12 pieces, roll out into circles with oil on the counter and grill on a hot flat skillet that has been seasoned or oiled.
*Place lots of fresh organic lettuce on the tortilla (melted with cheese, optional)
Add rice and black beans or meat if using
Top with fresh tomato salsa and dressing and enjoy!

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, yoga/pilates instructor, a clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist and soon to be traditional naturopath. She is a very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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