Friday, March 13, 2009

Café Rio Salads

This is OUR version of this fabulous Utah favorite!

Café Rio Salads

Layer salad in the following order:

“Tortilla Land” Uncooked Tortillas (from Costco)- Pan fry in a dry pan for about a minute on each side, until slightly golden. Top with cheese (if desired) and melt.

Black Beans- I use canned-- Just rinse, drain, and heat them up in the microwave

Cilantro Lime rice-  Cook desired amount of jasmine rice.  Once cooked, add chopped cilantro, the juice of 1-2 limes, kosher salt, and 1/2 c. butter)

Sweet Pork “Barbacoa”- In the crockpot, place a Reynolds Crockpot liner. Add an entire pork tenderloin. Top raw pork with 2 ½ c. Pace salsa and gently top salsa with 1 c. brown sugar. Cook on low for 8 hours. When cooked, shred meat, mix with juices, and serve hot. Taste meat and add an additional 1/4 c. brown sugar if desired.

Romaine Lettuce- Cut into thin shreds

Sautéed Corn- In a frying pan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add a clove of minced garlic per bag of frozen corn. Quickly add about a half cup white onions. Sauté for a minute. Add 12 oz. bag of frozen white corn. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until corn is slightly charred.

Pico de Gallo- tomatoes, diced into small cubes with diced red onion, cilantro, and garlic salt

Avocado- diced into small cubes

Tortilla Strips- Cut white corn tortillas in half, and then slice into long and SKINNY strips (approx. ¼ in.). Quickly fry in a few inches of heated vegetable oil. Once cooked, place on paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with salt while hot. OR, for an easier route, buy the prepared tortilla strips in the salad dressing isle.

Cilantro Dressing- In the refrigerated salad section at HEB, they have a really good dressing that is really similar to the one at Café Rio. It’s called “HEB Texas Twists: Creamy Cilantro Cojita.” But if you don't live in Texas, we love this creamy cilantro recipe!
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1 comment:

  1. what if you dont have a HEB???? what the heck is that??? lol