Friday, June 26, 2009

My Latest Craving

We had some friends over for dinner last month, and I served my version of a taco salad. I've made it at least once a week since. It is the perfect summertime dinner - so light and delicious, and you barely need the stove, so it won't heat up your house.

I layer toasted tortillas, cheese, black beans (cooked with diced onion and garlic), a heaping handful of lettuce and chopped cilantro, fresh salsa, guacamole, this yummy salad dressing, and crushed tortilla chips.

Believe me, it is heaven on a plate.

Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing
Place the following in a blender:
3 fresh tomatillos, cut into quarters
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 package dry Ranch Buttermilk Dressing Mix
1 bunch fresh cilantro
5 stalks green onions with ends
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons sugar (you might want to taste it first)
Combine well in blender and refrigerate at least one hour.

I saw this dressing recipe on Jenny's blog 3 years ago and copied it down immediately. I don't know why it took me so long to try it. It is delicious, not too spicy, and will keep in your fridge for a bit.


  1. that yummy salad we had at guru's has inspired me to make taco-y salad a couple of times, too. i'll have to try your dressing, neal loves tomatillos. he learned the hard way one time not to put any part of a tomatillo in the garbage disposal, though. word to the wise.

  2. That dressing recipe is so good. We have made it many times! I'll have to try it with your taco recipe. I've been craving mexicana type foods a lot lately, much to Ethan's chagrin. He's my only one that protests when we have beans, although he protests less now than he used to! :-)

  3. That salad sounds yummy; thanks for sharing. That will make my grocery list making a little easier this week. :)

  4. You can have us over for dinner any time.

  5. what time is dinner?

  6. Why don't you put tomatillo in the garbage disposal?

  7. Oh yum- I think you solved my problem of what to have for dinner tomorrow!

  8. nana, the tomatillo remains are very stringy and tough, and became lodged in our disposal/pipes so severely that our sink overflowed and a plumber was involved. bad idea. :)

  9. I just had to publicly tell you this is really good- we just finished eating it and I'm back to e-mail the recipe to my sisters. Even the kids ate it and agreed it was good. The dressing reminds me of Costa Vida and makes the whole thing better.

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  11. Steph, I'm making this soon! Thanks for the recipe. I love your blog. xo


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