Garden Hearts® Mexican Fiesta Salad

Yield: 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

8 Garden Hearts® Petite Romaine Hearts
1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 14-once can dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
8 large flour tortillas, fried into crisp bowls
4 fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
1 cup scallions, chopped
1 small can black olives, sliced
Jalapeno Cilantro Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
16 small corn tortillas, cut into ribbons, fried crisply and salted

Jalapeno Cilantro Vinaigrette

2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3. tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 large jalapenos, seeded and finely minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
salt to taste
1 cup vegetable oil

 METHOD

1. Cut one inch from the base of the Garden Hearts Petites and separate into individual leaves.  Rinse under cold, running water. Reserve four whole outer leaves from each head and shred remaining romaine hearts.
2. In a large, non-stick skillet, heat vegetable oil, add onion and garlic; cook until translucent.
3. Add ground beef and brown, chopping it up finely. Stir in chili powder, cumin and tomato paste. Add kidney beans and simmer until beef is done. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
4. Place a tortilla bowl on its side, stand 4 whole Garden Hearts leaves along the back and fill with shredded Garden Hearts. Top with beef mixture, tomatoes, cheese, scallions and black olives.
5. Drizzle with Jalapeno Cilantro Vinaigrette and add tortilla ribbons on the side.
 Mix all ingredients except vegetable oil.  When well blended, slowly whisk in oil until emulsified.
Chef Beat Giger

Recipe by:

Beat Giger, CEC, AAC, Corporate Chef                                     Pebble Beach Resorts; Pebble Beach, CA

Chef's comment:

"These South-of-the-Border flavors combine well with the crunch of Garden Hearts®."