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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Carne Asada Salad with Cilantro Crema

Side view of carne asada salad topped with avocado

As promised, I am sharing my carne asada salad recipe, although it’s more of a guide than an actual recipe. This salad is flexible. If you’re missing something, no worries. Really the only required attendees in carne asada salad are, well, carne asada, salad (you know, the greens) and my homemade cilantro crema. Beyond that, do what I describe below or get creative! The world (well, this salad) is your oyster (except there aren’t oysters in this salad, and, actually, as flexible as the salad is, I would skip the oysters).

Top view of carne asada salad on a white plate

This is a great go-to dinner option. The cilantro crema dressing is easy to make, the carne asada (which I get from the butcher at the store) grills up in mere minutes, and the salad is super easy to throw together. Also, all my kids like this meal so that automatically makes it my favorite. But, seriously, Nate and I do love it as well!

Carne asada salad with cilantro crema dressing

Carne Asada Salad with Cilantro Crema
  • Salad greens (whatever is your favorite!)
  • Sliced, grilled carne asada
  • Beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, whatever)
  • Fresh or canned corn
  • Chopped or sliced avocado
  • Chopped tomatoes (I usually forget these)
  • Fried tortilla strips or broken up tortilla chips
  • Cilantro Crema
  1. On a plate place your greens. Top with carne asada, beans, corn, avocado, tomato, then drizzle with dressing. Finish off with tortilla strips! Enjoy!




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    Please Don’t Judge Me for the Dressing Comment- Cora

    Made this tonight and it was a hit!! We made “sugar beans” (Aunt Kathy’s black beans on the blog), charred corn and red onion, black olives and pickled jalapeños. AKA carne asada kitchen sink salad

    The super weird thing we do when we have taco type salads is use a combo or bbq sauce and ranch for the dressing. I know it sounds completely awful but just try it once. I swear it actually tastes good.

  2. oh man, the beans would be so good with this! have to throw the link here so everyone else can make it!

    Also, I 100% support your BBQ ranch dressing combo!!!

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