Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fajita Salad

Sort of like a taco salad, but made with fajita-cooked meat and veggies. You can add whatever toppings you want - sour cream, shredded cheddar, salsa, jalapenos, olives, guacamole, etc. If you’re not going to eat all six servings immediately, put aside the extra meat and veggie mixture before you put it on the lettuce or add the toppings. Then, when you’re ready to eat it, just heat up the meat and veggies, and continue with making the salads.

(based on a recipe at

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
1 sweet red pepper, julienned
1 green pepper, julienned
1 medium onion, halved and then thinly sliced
1 head iceberg or other lettuce, roughly chopped or shredded
2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
Toppings – sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, salsa, etc.

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice and seasonings; add the chicken. Seal and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-4 hours.

In a large skillet, saute peppers and onions in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Remove and keep warm.

Discard marinade. In the same skillet, cook chicken over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink. Return pepper mixture to pan; heat through.

Put a pile of lettuce on each of six plates. Top with the chicken and pepper mixture, then with the tomatoes. Add the toppings, or pass them and let each person add his/her own.

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