My Favorite Salad: The Baja Moment from Clever Greens
I used to absolutely hate salads, especially salad dressings. As I’ve gotten older though, salads have grown on me quite a bit, but I can still be pretty picky with dressings. Then I discovered Clever Greens at Flagship Commons at the Westroads Mall in Omaha. Specifically, the Baja Moment salad. It’s got a nice a southwest twist to it with charred red onion, halved cherry tomatoes, black beans, sweet corn, crispy tortillas, jack cheese and avocados tossed in romaine (I add spinach and grilled chicken to mine) and a chipotle vinaigrette. I’m not overly in to the cherry tomatoes, so I didn’t include those in my imitation, but if you’re into them, definitely add them in.
For me, the most special part about this meal is the chipotle vinaigrette. Oh my goodness it’s delicious. Unfortunately the folks at Clever Greens were tight lipped and wouldn’t give me the recipe. They told me I could buy some, but they wouldn’t give it out. So I had to improvise. My version is definitely delicious, but isn’t quite the vinaigrette from Clever Greens.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For the dressing:
½ a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
A little bit of garlic powder
A little bit of pepper
A little bit of salt
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup red wine vinaigrette
This dressing is not an exact science; it’s more like me doing a little bit of research and going with the flow. The dressing at Clever Greens is quite a bit spicier, so if you’re looking for that you might want to add a little something extra. All you do here is toss everything into a blender and you’re golden. Store in a jar in the fridge for the week.
For the salad:
A mix of romaine and spinach
¼ cup can black beans
¼ cup can sweet corn
¼ red onion
1 whole wheat tortilla
½ cup of your favorite shredded cheese
I was a little absent minded and forgot to include all the ingredients in every picture, but now you have the complete list. The most work you have to do here is caramelizing the red onion and baking the whole wheat tortilla to turn it into a chip. That was probably one of my favorite things — the tortilla strips. So delicious. Before you throw them in the oven mix them up with a little of olive oil and salt. Everything else, you just combine in a large bowl. The amount listed above is for one serving, so you’ll want to increase your amounts if you’re planning for the week.
I’d love to hear what you guys think about this salad, especially the dressing. If you just have to have the real thing, definitely hit up Clever Greens at Flagship Commons.