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Santa Fe Salad with Tortilla Straws

Santa Fe Salad with Tortilla Straws
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 6
Baked tortilla strips create the wow in a simple-to-make salad with Southwest flair.
Updated August 2, 2010

Ingredients

Creamy Avocado Dressing

  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into chunks

Tortilla Straws

  • 1 Old El Paso™ flour tortilla for burritos (8 inch; from 11.5-oz package)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Salad

  • 2 cups bite-size pieces iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 cup diced peeled jicama
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (3 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives

Steps

  • 1
    Place dressing and avocado in blender. Cover; blend on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray tortilla with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt and chili powder. Cut tortilla in half, then cut each half crosswise into 1/4-inch strips. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Set aside.
  • 3
    Place iceberg and romaine lettuce on shallow serving platter or in large bowl. Sprinkle with tomato, jicama, cheese, olives and tortilla "straws." Serve with dressing.

  • Add grilled chicken or beef slices to turn this side-dish salad into a main-meal salad.
  • The dressing can be made up to 2 hours ahead of time and refrigerated. The crispy tortilla straws can be made up to 2 days ahead; cool them completely, then pop them into a resealable plastic sandwich bag.
  • Ripeness is the key when using avocados. Fully ripened avocados have a rich, smooth flavor and soft, buttery texture. When not ripe, avocados are hard with little flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
180
Total Fat
20g
31%
Saturated Fat
5g
27%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
450mg
19%
Potassium
310mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
11g
4%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
2g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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