This, weirdly, is one of my favorite recipes. Not only was the outcome fantastic, but the way it came about was also perfect. Inspiration struck in the store.
See, this recipe was developed in Mexico and intended for the holiday table. This meant it needed to be festive
, but also spot-on tasty, tied to the holidays and made from stuff I can easily find at the local grocery store. When I went shopping... I had no idea what that might be!
As I was swirling around the produce department, trying to suppress my desire to add bacon to everything, I quickly fixated on the cabbage. Cabbage is one of the big-time additions to the Taco Bar in my town. So, cabbage. Check! The purple stuff is extra beautiful and bright. Let’s go with the red
I also recently made a giant batch of Cochinita Pibil
and had some extra pickled onions
at home, also super bright and festive. This one is slowly starting to take shape!
Then, I spotted pomegranates. I haven’t plucked a pomegranate in years
, but I love the taste. The color and texture would make it a lovely addition to a salad. Plus, all the little sweetly tart bursts would be a welcome surprise in near any recipe. Finally, a famous dish called Chiles en Nogada is popular during the Autumn months in Mexico. This dish is also on just about every winter holiday menu I see. This tasty yum is essentially a seasoned ground meat stuffed poblano chile, topped with a white walnut sauce. This is then garnished with pomegranates and cilantro. Here’s
my holiday connection.
Oh and cilantro
! Great taste and such zazzy blasts of green!
Ok, we’re almost there. Now, I just need something crunchy and a dressing. What about pepitas? What’s more Fall
than pumpkins. Crunchy salty dried punkin' seeds? Perfect...
Finally, crema. Crema is everywhere in Mexico. Crema is Spanish for “Cream”, but it’s actually it's own specific product. It's like a less tart, but gamier sour cream. If you can’t find true Mexican Crema, some unsweetened/full fat Greek yoghurt or sour cream will do quite nicely.
Top with some queso fresco and you have a Magic Mexican Holiday Salad. Happy Holidays!