Thursday, February 23, 2012

Healthy Greens

"Don't worry, blondie, it's all greens," said the waiter.  When I ordered a salad before my main course in Mexico City, I expected a small side salad.  What I got was a long rectangular plate full of delicious field greens.  It was huge and the waiter must have seen my reaction when he placed the large plate in front of me.  The salad was so delicious that I finished Every.  Single.  Bite.  But the best part about the salad was the cheese.  

Where's the cheese, you ask?  Well the cheese is little square covered in what looks like seeds.  Panela cheese is a soft cheese that is also called basket cheese because it takes the shape of the woven baskets where it is stored.  It's similar to Indian cheese paneer.

The panela cheese was breaded with sesame seeds and amaranth.  The texture and flavor is unforgettably delicious and I'm hoping to recreate the same taste sensation this weekend.  It has not been an easy salad to recreate.  I have finally located the cheese and am still looking for the amaranth.  The dressing is a hibiscus infused vinaigrette.

I'll let you know how this goes!

Have you ever tried (with or without success) to try to recreate an amazing dish you had in a restaurant?



  1. Yes! When I was pregnant I was wanting a Greek salad similar to a favorite I had at a restaurant. After spending close to $20 on all of the ingredients, it just didn't taste the same! I hope yours will live up to the expectations!

  2. Hi Bethany-

    Whole Foods has amaranth. Good luck. Sounds delish!

  3. Coach KC~ Thanks so much for the tip! I'll try Whole Foods. Have a great day.

  4. This salad looks so good. I'm not the best cook but enjoy baking and recreating baked items I've tried.



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