You know those people (I am one of them, guilty as charged) who you see order a gluttonous meal and then ask for a diet soda? You know, the jumbo super-large bacon cheeseburger meal with onion rings and a diet coke please! I totally judge (and self judge) when I hear those orders but the logic is sound! If I am going to go nuts on my main meal, I should definitely reign it in with the drink. That is what I LOVE about this dish. And who better to come up with the idea than the Pioneer Woman herself.
When I make Mexican food I load it up with sour cream, cheese, guacamole and a braised tender fatty (normally) cut of pork or beef. Nevermind all the tortillas and Mexican Rice that go along with it! So because I am sparing no caloric expense I love making sides to the meal that I can binge eat so I only eat a small taco filled with the rich ingredients and still leave the table happy. This salad fits the bill perfectly. It tasted spicy, salty, fresh, sweet and has a bit from the onion. The flavor of the limes and the kosher salt give it a depth of flavor and when you take your first bite after putting one little spoonful on your plate (c’mon who are you kidding, you weren’t going to give it a real chance when braised beef tacos are available!) you’ll head back into the kitchen immediately to get a bowl to eat as much as you can! While you are at it, if you want a second healthy Mexican side dish, make my favorite Chipotle Jalapeno Lime Corn Salad. It also has no added fat, but it does have carbs… which this dish does not. Man I love this recipe, can you tell?
It could not be any easier to make either, which takes this salad from good to FANTASTIC. So let’s do a checklist here:
- 5 ingredients (c’mon salt does NOT count!)
- No fat!
- Mexican Food
- You get to eat more tacos because this half of your meal is so incredibly healthy
- Inexpensive ingredients!
Selling the positives of this dish reminds me of one of my favorite episodes of The Office:
Michael: Oh, and another fun thing. We, at the end of the night, are going to give the check to an actual group of Boy Scouts. Right, Toby? We’re gonna…
Toby: Actually, I didn’t think it was appropriate to invite children since it’s… You know, there’s gambling and alcohol, and it’s in our dangerous warehouse and it’s a school night… And, you know, Hooters is catering. You know, is that enough? Should I keep going?
I could rattle off a TON of reasons why this dish is great, but nothing is going to be more convincing than giving it a try yourself. And what do you have to lose? I never, and I repeat never make Mexican food in this house without serving this on the side. Take that to mean I give it my highest praise because I cook Mexican food a lot!
I would have taken food shots of the prep, but it is such an easy dish I didn’t want to slow down your load time with a bowl of chopped tomatoes so I will just leave you with the recipe card here. 🙂
- 10 whole plum tomatoes , cut in 1" chunks
- 1 medium red onion , diced finely
- 2 jalapenos , halved, seeded and finely sliced
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves , chopped
- 4 limes
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- Add the tomatoes, red onion, jalapenos and cilantro to a large bowl. Toss.
- Add the zest of one lime and the juice of all four.
- Add kosher salt to taste, in ¼ teaspoon increments.
- Mix between each addition so you can taste for salt.
- Let sit for 20-30 minutes if you can. Do not refrigerate, the tomatoes will become mealy