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Saucy Summer Salads

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Grilled Chicken Salad
Tequila Lime Corn & Bean Salad
Pico De Gallo Shrimp & Avocado Salad
Tequila Lime Vinaigrette
Salsa Verde Grilled Steak Salad

(Family Features) - Summer is time for barbecues, block parties, picnics and fun with family and friends. For your entertaining, it's easy to liven up summer menus with fresh and flavorful salads. And salsa is the secret ingredient that can make any salad saucy and delicious.

  • Salsas can be used for any part of your summer party menu - appetizers, salads, as a dressing for salads, or as part of main dishes.

  • Salsa also is perfect as a marinade that can take your grilling from good to gourmet. It's a quick and easy way to add flavor and tenderize meats.

  • Brush salsa on top of your grilled chicken, pork, seafood, shrimp, ground beef and steak, then add to your favorite salad. There are so many flavors to choose from that greens will never be ordinary again.

Salads are easy to make, even at the last minute, and they're a great way to bring refreshing flavor to the table without weighing you down.

Enjoy a little summer adventure by trying a new salsa flavor to spice up your salads and wow family and friends.

For more creative summer recipes and serving suggestions using Pace Picante sauce and the new specialty salsas featuring fresh, authentic ingredients, visit the Pace Web site at www.pacefoods.com.

Grilled Chicken Salad

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Pace Picante Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens torn in bite-size pieces
  • 1 can (about 16 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Preparation
    1. Mix picante sauce, 2 tablespoons oil, lime juice and garlic powder.
    2. Sprinkle chicken with chili powder. Brush with remaining oil.
    3. Grill chicken 15 minutes or until done, turning once. Slice chicken into strips.
    4. Place salad greens on 4 plates. Top with chicken, beans and oranges. Sprinkle with onions and pour picante sauce mixture over all.

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
15 minutes

Serves
Makes 4 servings

Tequila Lime Corn & Bean Salad

Description
This salad is delicious served with grilled chicken breasts.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Pace Picante Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens torn in bite-size pieces
  • 1 can (about 16 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Preparation
    1. Stir the salsa, pepper, corn, beans, mango and cilantro in medium bowl. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Serves
Makes 5 cups

Pico De Gallo Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Pace Pico De Gallo Salsa
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • Ranch salad dressing

Preparation
    1. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook until they're cooked through, stirring often. Pour off any oil. Add 1 cup pico de gallo and toss to coat.
    2. Divide salad greens among 4 bowls. Spoon shrimp mixture over greens and top with avocado slices. Serve with dressing and remaining salsa.

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Serves
Makes 4 servings

Tequila Lime Vinaigrette

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Pace Tequila Lime Salsa
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Mixed salad greens

Preparation
    1. Beat salsa, oil, vinegar and black pepper in medium bowl with whisk or fork. Serve over salad greens.

Preparation Time
5 minutes

Serves
Makes 1 1/4 cups

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tequila Lime Shrimp: Toss 1/2 pound hot cooked shrimp and 1/4 cup vinaigrette in medium bowl. Serve over hot cooked rice. Serves 2.

Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad: Toss 1/2 pound cold cooked shrimp, 1/4 cup vinaigrette and 4 cups mixed salad greens in large bowl. Serve immediately.

Salsa Verde Grilled Steak Salad

Ingredients
  • 1 pound beef skirt steak
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Pace Salsa Verde
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)

Preparation
    1. Pour 1 cup salsa into shallow nonmetallic dish or resealable plastic bag. Add steak and turn to coat. Cover dish or seal bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
    2. Lightly oil grill rack and heat grill to medium. Grill steak for 10 minutes or until desired doneness, turning it over halfway through cooking and basting it often with marinade. Throw away any remaining marinade.
    3. Slice steak diagonally into thin slices. Divide lettuce among 4 bowls. Top each with 1/4 of the steak, 2 tablespoons salsa and 1 tablespoon cheese. Top each with 1 tablespoon olives and 1 tablespoon sour cream, if desired.

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Marinate Time
30 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Serves
Makes 4 servings

SOURCE: Pace



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