Mexican Chopped Salad
- ACTIVE: 1 HR
- TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 15 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
Los Angeles is known for its myriad salads and also for its large Latin population. This salad pays homage to both.
- 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 7 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 small jalapeñostemmed, seeded and minced
- Kosher salt
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 2 red bell peppers
- 1 green bell pepper
- 6 corn tortillas, cut into 2-by-1/4-inch strips
- 1 cup tightly packed coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 2 ripe Hass avocados, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 medium red onion, finely diced
- 1 small jicama (1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 5 large tomatillos, husked and cut into thin wedges
- In a large nonreactive baking dish, mix 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the canola oil with 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, the garlic, jalapeo and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the chicken, turn to coat and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
- Roast the red and green peppers under the broiler or directly over a gas flame, turning occasionally, until charred all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 10 minutes. Peel the peppers, discard the stems and seeds, then dice.
- Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the oil until shimmering. Add the tortilla strips and fry over high heat, turning frequently, until golden, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
- In a blender, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of oil with the cilantro, sugar, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 cup of lime juice and puree until smooth. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large cast-iron grill pan and lightly rub it with oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and scrape off any garlic and jalapeño bits. Grill the chicken over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a work surface and let stand for 10 minutes, then cut into 3/4-inch dice.
- In a large bowl, combine the roasted peppers with the tomatoes, avocados, onion, jicama, tomatillos and chicken. Add the vinaigrette and toss gently to coat; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the salad to a large platter, scatter the fried tortilla strips on top and serve.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.