I found this treasure of a recipe while reading a very old cookbook. There is a small stash of cookbooks that a read and re-read each summer on vacation. Occasionally my grandma will throw a new one in there…..happy happy me. Cookbooks are my “books”. At least I am reading….right??
In a constant quest to find the “just right” pairing for tacos or anything Mexican, I stumbled upon this recipe that I jotted down a few summers ago. Yum. My kids aren’t necessarily fans of all the “extras” in it ~ but they just load it off to the side and it happily joins my plate. Leave off something if your family will not enjoy OR add something you think they might…..I am thinking you could even add chicken to this for lunch or a light dinner!
* I did change a number of things from the original recipe.
- It was straight up mayo in the dressing, I took out some and added some sour cream.
- It also called for a can of diced green chilis, I had JUST used my last can for soup…..so I used some candied jalapenos I had made, it gave it a nice sweet~heat kick.
- The recipe called for cheddar cheese, but I had pepper jack cheese JUST begging to join the party…..nice addition as well!
SO, now we go to the recipe!
1-2 heads of Romaine lettuce (I used one large one)
sliced black olives (I used about 10)
2-3 tomatoes (I used about 10 cherry tomatoes, halved)
1/4 – 1/2 of a red onion, diced
1 can of green chilies, chopped (I used candied jalapenos)
8 oz. grated cheddar cheese (I used pepper jack)
1 avocado (cut up and toss with some lemon juice)
good handful of Doritos, crushed
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. salsa verde (the green salsa)
1/4 c. ketchup
1 tsp. chili powder
Layer the salad ingredients in the order listed. Saving the avocados and the crushed Doritos to add in JUST before serving.
Combine the dressing ingredients. Chill till serving time.
When ready to serve ~ toss together the salad, avocado and chips. Pour about 1/2 the dressing over, toss. Adding all of the dressing would be TOO much in my opinion. Though, my husband likes more……so I put the rest on the table to serve over individual serving. PLUS that makes the leftovers not so soggy.
TIP:Leftover dressing is delicious on wraps or on quesadillas.
Sorry about my crazy ( )….THAT got a bit out of control.
Recipe adapted from a lovely old Church Cookbook from Kalamazoo.