fresca summer dinner

June 26, 2011

(so i'm definitely not a food photographer, but you get the idea! 🙂 )

i’ve been at a total loss for inspiration and ideas for summer cooking. i’ve been in  a rut of preparing the same meals that i often make in cooler months; i’ve been ready for something light and fresh!

today, i had an idea: try to recreate my favorite little tostado from the best local fresh mex restaurant!

i texted my dear friend, jessica, for a reminder about this yummy salad and dressing she had made when she lived here.  so simple and good: a bunch of cilantro, juice of a few limes, some olive oil and salt.

here’s what i did:

::fried corn tortillas in a pan w/some olive oil;

:: topped with pinto beans (from a big batch i had cooked yesterday);

:: grated pepperjack cheese;

:: salad (chopped red cabbage, red leaf lettuce, cucumber);

:: drizzled with the dressing.



2 Responses to “fresca summer dinner”

  1. jaw123456 Says:

    Yum! Thank you for mentioning me 🙂 You are so sweet! While living in Oregon, with the changes in seasons, food inspiration was super important to me…needing that nudge to start making yummy, lighter meals as the weather grew warm…

    That cilantro lime dressing becomes so creamy and delicious with a little whipping. I love it with avacadoes, pumpkin seeds, red peppers and yellow peppers, shredded chicken and grilled onions for variation.

    Lately…my salad meals have been asian chicken salad with rice noodles and taco salad 🙂 Here’s to delicious summer foods!

  2. jani Says:


    I really like pasta salads in summer too.

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