Muy Sabroso! Tortilla-Crusted Dorado
Cilantro Salad with Heirloom Cherry Tomato & Serrano Pepper
Sweet Lime Vinaigrette
Fresh wild-caught dorado from the Pacific waters off the Baja California coast is marinated with just-picked fresh-squeezed lime juice & olive oil, then crusted with crushed tortilla chips. Dorado (aka mahi mahi) has an alluring mellow flavor and a firm texture with large moist flakes.
To let the essence of the fish shine through, it is simply paired with traditional Mexican flavors resulting in a crunchy, spicy, refreshing dish. Each rich bite of fish is paired with a bite of the herb, dressed in a sweet lime vinaigrette, with a little slice of bright cherry tomato and a sliver of spicy serrano. It’s delightful.
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Second in a Series of Superiores Tacos Vegetarianos
All GREEN Grilled Zucchini Tacos
Prickly Pear Cactus Tortillas
Butter Lettuce, Avocado, Shredded Green Cabbage, Cilantro, Serrano Chile
Lime Garlic Cilantro Sauce
The inspiration for these tacos came during a trip to the farmers’ market. One booth was featuring something I had never seen before, namely Prickly Pear Cactus Tortillas. Whether it be at the farmers’ market or ethnic local grocery stores, if I see something I haven’t tried before, it usually ends up in my cart. And many of those unique or interesting ingredients find a home here on Taste With The Eyes.
These green tortillas are made with organic nopal mixed with stone ground whole white corn kernels, water, lime, and vegetable plant extract. Two tortillas supply 100 calories, 3 g fiber and no cholesterol. I can’t say that they taste like nopalitos. If I close my eyes I’m not sure I could pinpoint the difference from other good corn tortillas, but I sure do love the color.
So now that I have a package of tortillas de nopal in my shopping bag, what shall I make with them?
The answer was all around me.
farmers’ market + green tortillas = all GREEN tacos
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Grilled Nopalitos, Olive Oil, Sea Salt
Mexican Lime, Cilantro
Caper Cumin Aioli
Tired of grilled artichokes? No, neither am I.
I wasn’t looking for a surrogate but I found grilled nopalitos do bring something muy diferente a la mesa. Some think the flavor is reminiscent of green beans. But they must be talking about boiled nopalitos because grilled cactus paddle tastes a lot like a lemony grilled artichoke. So in the interest of continued summer grilling and using more interesting ingredients, I’m serving grilled nopalitos.
And since artichoke and mayonnaise are one heck of a duo, I serve these with a caper cumin aioli. Each guest helps themselves to a paddle, a half-lime, some cilantro leaves, and a little ramekin of aioli. The best way to eat these nopalitos is with a knife and fork. Squeeze lime juice over the paddle. Slice one of the “fingers” into a bite-sized piece, add a couple cilantro leaves, and dip in to the aioli. Muy Delicioso.
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The Ultimate Vegetable Stir-Fry Tower
Pea Sprouts, Shiitake, Soybean Sprouts, Pickled Japanese Cucumber & Red Jalapeño
Chinese Chives, Tofu, Ginger, Cilantro
Over an Organic Short Grain Rice Timbale
With Three Vibrant Sauces: Cilantro Juice, Chile Oil, Miso Sauce
Another Sublime Dish Inspired by Charlie Trotter
“The recipes… are only a guide. You can use any or all of a recipe, deviate wherever you like, or indeed substitute ingredients completely if it suits your desires. In fact, you may want to forget about the recipe specifics and use the photographs alone as your inspiration,” penned Charlie Trotter in 1994. Thank you, Chef! No wonder you are my hero. Your words written 17 years ago perfectly describe my cooking style and blog: where the image is meant to titillate and inspire the cook!
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