If you are a frequent (or even infrequent) reader of EE, you know that we love New Mexico. We go whenever we can. I spend lots of time planning our next trip.
One can’t talk about New Mexico without discussing food so many of my sojourns-by-periodicals lead me to the kitchen. Case in point: this delicious vinaigrette that I found in the March edition of New Mexico Magazine.
From Vinaigrette (Santa Fe, NM)
1/2 c. lemon juice
1 shallot, chopped*
2 t. cumin
1/2 to 1 t. fine sea salt
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
Mix first four ingredients. Slowly whisk in oil.
*I cheated a bit and used dried shallots—about 1 1/2 T.
Recipe found in New Mexico Magazine (March 2016)
This “citronette” is a very tart dressing. Feel free to add a bit of honey if you need a sweeter taste. I first served this on butter lettuces (fresh from the FM) with a few grapes and charcuterie.
When I investigated Vinaigrette’s menu, I found that this dressing is used on the La Pepita Salad (Chopped green kale with shredded chicken, black beans, crumbled cojita, diced avocado with spicy crispy pepitas). Sounds delicious, right? So, I recreated it as well.
Tangy Composed Chicken and Kale Salad
5 c. chopped kale or baby kale
Cumin Citronette (recipe above)
1 c. shredded chicken
1 c. black beans (drained and rinsed if using canned)
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 c. crumbled cojita
1/8 c. toasted pepitas
Toss kale with 1/4 c. Cumin Citronette. Place kale as a bed on a serving platter. Arrange chicken, beans, and avocado slices on kale. Sprinkle with cojita and pepitas. Serve.
If you are not a fan of a composed salad like this, just toss everything together.
The article in New Mexico Magazine stated that this dressing was used on Vinaigrette’s signature Quinoa and Kale Salad. The tartness of the dressing is perfect to add a bite to quinoa salad. For my take on this salad, just cook 1 cup of quinoa according to package directions. Toss warm quinoa with Cumin Citronette and 3 c. chopped kale.
Finally, Let me also say that I think this cintronette would be a great marinade for grilled chicken as well.
I am now planning our trip to Vinaigrette so I can see how close I got to their salads. Hopefully, I will let you know.