Houston's is known for high quality and tasty salads. This one contains black beans, corn, lettuce, cheese, with a spicy Caesar dressing.
If concerned about using raw egg yolk in the dressing because the risk of salmonella poisoning, use egg substitute, or omit egg from recipe.
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Houston's Southwest Caesar Salad
You can make a Houston's Southwest Caesar Salad just like they do.
- 2 Heads romaine lettuce, washed and torn into 1 1/2 x 1 inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups Spicy Caesar Dressing (recipe follows)
- 3/4 cup each: cooked black beans &; roasted corn kernels
- 1/2 cup each: pumpkin seeds from a Mexican squash cotija cheese (Mexican white cheese) or other Queso fresco
- Julienne multicolored tortilla chips, baked or fried (for garnish)
- Spicy Caesar Dressing
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 Anchovy fillets, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon each: ground coriander & cumin
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- 1/2 cup each: extra-virgin olive oil & canola oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Sambal chili paste (Thai Chili Paste)
- Juice of 1/2 each: lemon & lime
- 3 tablespoons Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Spin or pat dry lettuce and place in large salad bowl. Add dressing and toss lightly. Add beans and corn; toss again. Divide mixture among 4 chilled plates. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and cheese. Garnish with tortilla chips.
For salad dressing
Combine yolk, garlic, mustard, anchovies, pepper, salt, coriander, cumin, Worcestershire & water in food processor; process until smooth. With motor running, pour oils in a slow, steady stream into egg mixture. When all oil has been incorporated, add chili paste, lemon & lime juices, and Parmesan; process until smooth.Print Recipe