Kate's Global Kitchen

by Kate Heyhoe


Mexican Cotija Caesar Salad for Two

Serves 2


The original Caesar Salad was reportedly invented in Tijuana, Mexico by an Italian, Caesar Cardini. This salad captures the same refreshing tanginess of a traditional Caesar but seasons it with characteristic Mexican ingredients: lime, red chiles, cumin, and queso cotija. Note that instead of a raw egg, mayonnaise is used instead.


Dressing (makes about 1/3 cup):
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3/4 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground red chiles (mild)
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch cayenne
Dash Tabasco or other hot sauce

Salad for 2:
6 ounces romaine hearts,
   torn into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons grated queso cotija cheese,
   (or substitute Parmesan)
corn chips, tortilla chips, or croutons


Mix all the dressing ingredients well.

Place the lettuce in a salad bowl. Sprinkle with the queso. Add just enough salad dressing to flavor the greens without drenching them (you'll have excess dressing; refrigerate and use on other salads or as a marinade). Toss well. Surround the edge with chips or croutons and serve.

Mexican Cheeses: The Whole Enchilada

Kate's Global Kitchen for May, 2000:

Mi Casa Es Su Casa Month:
Celebrating Mexican Home Cooking

5/06/00 Tequila Fiesta Recipes: Red Tuna on Green Tomatillos
5/13/00 Mexican Cheeses: The Whole Enchilada
5/20/00 Epazote & A Pot of Pintos
5/27/00 Mexican Shredded Chicken & Toasted Corn Soup

Also visit Global Destinations: Mexico for more Mexican Recipes.


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