My husband saw these salad leaves come off the production line when he visited Hussey Farms in Pearcedale, Victoria. These leaves are a special mix for Aldi - the same leaves are exported to the best restaurants in Singapore and Hong Kong. Many would say they're the best in Australia. So when you get great greens like this, it would be a crime not to use them in a smokin' salad. They are so "A"-List, they got to hang out with creamy avocado, "pop-corn" beans, crunchy tortilla chips, smoky pan- fried chicken and a spicy green dressing. Stellar company indeed.
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Mexican Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Lime Dressing
loosely based on Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals
For the Crunchy Tortilla Chips:
200g tortilla chips
40g cheddar cheese, finely grated
1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped
For the Salad:
1 x 400g kidney beans , drained and rinsed
1 x 400g four bean mix, beans , drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 avocado, thinly sliced
200g mixed salad leaves
A handful of coriander leaves
For the Chicken:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Mexican chilli powder
Juice of I lime
For the Jalapeno and Lime Dressing:
2 spring onions, roughly chopped
1/4 cup coriander leaves
1 tablespoon sliced pickled jalapenos and about 2 teaspoons of the pickling brine
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
Juice of 2 limes
Marinate the Chicken:
Put the oil, garlic salt, smoked paprika, Mexican chilli powder and lime juice into a large shallow bowl and add the chicken fillets. Coat the chicken with the marinade then chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Crisp the Chips:
Preheat the grill (broiler), to high.
Spread the tortilla chips ona baking tray in a single layer. Add the chopped red and green chillies and sprinkle over the grated cheese. Grill (broil) until the chips are golden and the cheese has melted. Remove from the grill and set aside.
Pop the Beans:
Put a large frying pan over medium-high heat and pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in. Add all of the beans, the ground cumin and the ground coriander and fry the beans until they start to blister and pop. When they are crispy take them off the heat and put them on a plate. Wipe the pan clean.
Fry the Chicken:
In the pan you used to fry the beans, pour in enough olive oil to fry the chicken. Heat the pan on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot lay the chicken in and fry on one side until golden brown. Turn and fry on the second side until golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a board and allow them to rest for 5 minutes. Once rested, slice them thinly on the diagonal.
Make the Dressing:
Put all the dressing ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
Assemble the Salad:
Lay the salad leaves on a large platter. Scatter over the pop-corn beans. Arrange the sliced avocado and chicken on top and add some of the crispy tortilla chips, crushing a few as you go for proper sprinkling. Finish with a few coriander leaves and a drizzle of Jalapeno Lime Dressing. Serve the salad in the centre of the table with the remaining Tortilla chips and dressing on the side.