Like-Earl's Santa Fe Salad

“My hobby is copying restaurant dishes and this is one of my favourites at our West Vancouver Earl's. This hearty salad combines all the necessary components for a great dish with the sweet dates complementing the tart Peanut Lime dressing (which is good on any green salad). Sliced grilled blackened chicken is excellent served alongside.”
READY IN:
55mins
SERVES:
4
YIELD:
4 meals
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dressing:
  2. Combine ingredients in a food processor or use a hand immersion blender to process until mixture is green and tiny specks of peanuts and lime are visible. Makes 3/4 cup.
  3. Salad:
  4. Heat oil to 375 degrees in a deep fryer or heavy pot (a small pot using about 1 cup oil and working in two batches works well); add tortilla pieces and deep fry until golden and crisp; drain on paper towels (may also be baked @ 375 degrees). (Note: Coarsely crushed corn tortilla chips or purchased deep fried chow mein noodles may be substituted for deep fried tortilla pieces or whole corn tortilla chips may be decoratively placed beside the prepared salad instead.).
  5. Rub corn with vegetable oil and grill over medium-high heat until lightly browned; cool and remove kernels. (3/4 cup cooked corn may be substituted).
  6. Place lettuces in a large bowl; toss together with enough dressing to lightly coat. Add corn, dates, black beans and half the tortilla pieces and feta cheese; toss well. Divide between 4 plates and top with remaining feta cheese and tortilla pieces. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over top. Peel and thinly slice avocado and divide between 4 plates; place beside each salad.

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