Mexican Caesar Salad

Fast, easy and fake! The unique dressing is best when made a day in advance - simply shake it up in an empty jar and toss with romaine, spring mix or your favorite salad green.


  • For the Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or similar light salad oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 clove garlic , finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese, finely crumbled
  • 1 pinch chili powder or Chipotle chili powder
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • For the Salad
  • 12 cups salad greens
  • Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • roasted pepitas
  • roasted red peppers
  • tortilla chips, crumbled


  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake.
  2. To make the Mexican Caesar Salad, top salad greens with dressing, roasted pepitas, roasted red peppers, Cotija cheese and a crumble of tortilla chips, if desired.
  3. Cover and refrigerate leftover dressing.