Monday, March 9, 2009

My version of the Cafe Rio salad

We were discussing what we missed about Salt Lake City and though there are only a few things.. the restaurants are definitely what we miss most! (Second would be the amazing city-wide bicycle lanes!)

Cafe Rio doesn't offer many vegan options but their regular Rio Salad was simply fantastic. They make the best cilantro-lime vinaigrette! I don't know exactly how they do it (but it probably involves a lot more oil than I want to put in my homemade dressing.) So, here is a lower-fat but still yummy version of that amazing dressing.


1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 T olive oil
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 t celtic sea salt
dash of apple cider vinegar
dash of raw agave nectar
optional: T or a few of water

BLEND thoroughly. This makes enough for 2 large salads.

For the salad (this amount is for one person):

1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and sliced
1 roma tomato
1/2 avocado
1/4 - 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup cooked black beans
Fresh sprouts

Layer rice, beans and veggies on your plate. Pour on some dressing and enjoy! Squeeze an extra lime on top, if you're like me and you just can't get enough.

If you're like my husband and you prefer at least one fried side dish at every meal, it's easy to make your own fried corn strips (just like cafe rio!) and chips, if you want those, too. Just slice your corn tortillas and fry in oil. That's it! Top with salt and lime juice.

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