If we’re being completely honest here, and we are, I have to admit that I hate to cook during the summer months. It’s hot, I’m tired and I’d really rather be spending my time watching my kids run around outside as the sun starts to fade. I can’t stand spending an hour stuck in a hot kitchen when I can be enjoying myself with the kids and taking advantage of the beautiful, warm weather. A secret my mother passed down to me was, in the summer, we do not cook! Seriously, so I don’t!
It’s great for my kids, my waistline and my overall level of happiness to prepare a fresh, cool summer salad. So that’s exactly what I do instead. No oven or stove required. One of my favorites that’s always a hit with my son who loves to help me stir is this Zesty Summer Salad with homemade 1000 Island Dressing. I know you’re thinking that a salad is a salad. But when coupled with the right seasoning, it becomes so much more. Here is where TAJÍN becomes the magic ingredient that springs this dish to life.
So, if you’re like me, follow my mami’s rule and simply don’t cook anything too ambitious this summer. Enjoy a break from the heat and the demands of lengthy food prep with this fun, easy, healthy and delicious summer salad. Feel free to get creative with toppings too. If you’d like more protein and fiber, open up a can of beans and toss those in with the veggies or, if you need that weekly dose of Omega-3’s, crack open and drain a can of tuna to place on top of everything else. And feel free to call the kids inside to help you chop, mix and serve this colorful healthy dinner you’re all sure to love.
ZESTY SUMMER SALAD WITH 1000 ISLAND DRESSING
Calories: 301 per serving
Romaine lettuce, washed and cut
3 tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 carrot, grated
½ onion, sliced
½ cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon TAJÍN CLASICO LIQUID
1 tablespoon TAJÍN CLASICO POWDER
¼ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon parsley chopped
1 hard boiled egg diced (optional)
For the Salad:
Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and onion.
For the Dressing:
- Mix the mayonnaise with the TAJÍN CLASICO liquid and powder
- Add the ketchup, mustard and the parsley.
- Mix well and add egg if desired.
- Add to salad and toss well.
Note: For an extra kick, add chicken or tuna to the salad.
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