Boston Lettuce Salad with Avocado Dressing

Boston Lettuce Salad with Avocado Dressing

Ensalada con Aderezo de Aguacate
6 servings
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, boston lettuce, garlic, lime, mexican crema, pati’s mexican table, pineapple, pumpkin seeds
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe Mexican avocados, halved, pitted and meat scooped out
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema, Latin-style cream, crème fraîche, or sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or more to taste
  • 2 heads boston lettuce, leaves separated, washed, dried, and torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied pineapple, or other candied fruits like papaya or mango
  • 1/2 cup spicy pumpkin seeds, recipe below

To Prepare

  • Combine the avocado, milk, cream, garlic, lime juice and salt in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Place the lettuce in a generous-sized serving bowl, and toss with the dressing until the leaves are lightly coated. Sprinkle with the pineapple and pumpkin seeds and serve.

Spiced Up Pumpkin Seeds

Pepitas
1 1/2 cups of pumpkin seeds
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chile piquín, pepitas, pumpkin seeds, snack, spiced
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
One of my favorite ways to eat Pepitas is hulled, toasted or lightly fried and tossed with ground dried chile piquín, salt and sugar. It takes five minutes to make this tasty crunchy nibble.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon corn, safflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile piquín, or ground Mexican chile, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar, more or less to taste

To Prepare

  • Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Once it is hot but not smoking add the pumpkin seeds. Saute, stirring often, for about 4 to 5 minutes, they will have begun making popping sounds and some of them will begin gaining a nice tanned brown color.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving the remains of the oil behind in the pan. Sprinkle with the ground chile, salt and sugar and toss to coat. As they cool down, they will dry up and become crunchier. Eat or store covered with a lid. They will keep for about a week, if you don’t finish them before then.

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