My brother and his girlfriend came for dinner this weekend which was a nice treat. They live 2.5 hours away so we don't get to see them that often. When they come I usually let my brother choose what they want to have for dinner. I then make the dinner and they bring the wine. It's fun having them here even if it's just for a few hours.
This time around I went for a Mexican theme and was totally stumped on side dishes. After throwing around some ideas with my fabulous food blogging friends, I went with a simple side salad with cilantro lime dressing. The salad was a simple combination of lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions, and corn.
The dressing is what really made the salad stand out. It's best when it sits in the refrigerator for several hours before serving so that the flavors blend together. The dressing is a little bit sweet with a lot of flavor from the lime juice and cilantro. A few drops of hot sauce give it just a hint of heat. This will definitely be my go to Mexican style dressing from now on.
Mexican Side Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing (Dressing recipe adapted from Oishii)
For the salad:
1 large head of iceburg lettuce
1 tomato, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
¼ onion, chopped
½ c. corn
For the dressing:
6 T. extra virgin olive oil
4 T. lime juice
1 T. cilantro, minced
1 T. honey
½ t. salt
½ t. pepper
dash of hot sauce
1. Tear the iceburg lettuce into pieces and put in a large bowl. Toss with the tomato, peppers, onion, and corn. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. In a small bowl combine the lime juice, cilantro, honey, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Mix together. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to combine. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
3. Refrigerate the dressing for at least 2 hours before serving or up to 3 days.
4. To serve divide the salad into 4 bowls and pour the dressing over top of each.