Garden Salad Tacos

© John Kernick

Garden Salad Tacos


To make her genius vegetarian taco, Alice Waters melts Monterey Jack cheese on corn tortillas, then piles them with a crunchy, colorful vegetable-and-herb salad. The fennel is thinly shaved, which is best done on a mandoline.


  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  2. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  3. 1/2 small garlic clove, finely grated

  4. Pinch of ground cumin

  5. Kosher salt

  6. 2 cups lightly packed mixed baby greens

  7. 1/2 small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced on a mandoline

  8. 1 medium carrot, very thinly sliced crosswise

  9. 4 radishes, very thinly sliced

  10. 1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves

  11. 8 corn tortillas, warmed

  12. 3 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1 cup)

  1. Preheat a broiler. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the vinegar, garlic, cumin and a pinch of salt. Add the baby greens, fennel, carrot, radishes and cilantro and toss to coat. Season the salad with salt.
  2. Arrange the warm corn tortillas on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the shredded Jack cheese on the tortillas and broil 6 inches from the heat until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Pile the salad on the tortillas, fold them in half and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Lively, fragrant Provençal rosé.