Mexican Caesar Salad is a fun, flavorful twist on your ordinary caesar salad recipe.
This salad has all the elements of a good classic Caesar Salad but with a latin twist! The addition of an Anaheim chili, cotija cheese, cilantro and pepitas gives it a definite Mexican flare!
I love to serve it over romaine lettuce but you can use, Iceberg, Spinach, Kale or even use it on a Wedge Salad.
- Anaheim Chili. This is a fairly mild chili but feel free to substitute with a hotter chili if you prefer.
- Cotija Cheese. This is a Mexican cheese that is crumbly and slightly salty.
- Pepitas. Also known as pumpkin seeds, I prefer roasted or toasted sunflower seeds. To roast yourself, put them in a dry pan over medium heat. Stir or shake pan as they burn easily. In a few minutes they will start to pop and puff up and then they are roasted.
- Olive Oil
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
How to Make Mexican Caesar Dressing
- Place all salad dressing ingredients except for cilantro into a food processor.
- Pulse to blend together.
- Add in cilantro and pulse again.
- In a bowl combine mayonnaise and water, stir to combine.
- Add in mixture from food processor and stir to combine.
This dressing is delicious on any kind of salad. Just keep it in a jar in your refrigerator. I rarely buy store bought dressing because homemade dressing is just so easy to make and so much better.
How to Make Mexican Caesar Salad
- Place cut or torn lettuce into a large bowl.
- Add salad dressing and toss to coat.Top with tomato, sliced avocado, more pepitas, bacon and/or tortilla strips.
What to Serve Caesar Salad With?
This salad is delicious with just about anything but we particularly like it served with:
- Mexican Lasagna
- Beef Barbacoa
- Mexican Shredded Chicken
- Enchilada Casserole
- Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
If you are looking for a more traditional Caesar salad be sure and try this recipe for Caesar Salad Dressing. We love to serve it on this Grilled Caesar Salad. This Chicken Caesar Salad Flatbread is a fun twist on the classic salad.
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Mexican Caesar Salad Recipe
Mexican Caesar Salad
- 1 medium Anaheim chili
- 1/3 cup roasted pepitas green pumpkin seeds
- 3 garlic cloves peeled
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 5 Tbsp Cotija cheese Mexican cheese
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- Garnish with bacon, tomato, pepitas, Parmesan cheese, dried bananas
- If you can not find roasted pepitas you can roast your own in a dry pan. Just heat them, stirring often, until they begin to puff and pop. They are then roasted.
- Place chili, pepitas, garlic, pepper, salt, olive oil, vinegar and cheese into food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Add in cilantro and pulse some more.
- In another bowl combine mayo and water and mix until smooth. Add in cilantro mixture.
- Serve over wedge of Iceberg lettuce.
- Top with bacon, tomato, pepitas, Parmesan cheese and dried bananas
Originally published Sept 21, 2012