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California Salad

This is a salad I often make when avocados and tomatoes are at their best. 
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, broken into bite size pieces
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (or Tex Mex cheese)
  • 2 cups corn chips
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Place all dressing ingredients into a blender or small food processor and blend until dressing is creamy with no lumps. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. The lemon juice helps the avocado to not discolour, but I usually toss the avocado stone into the dressing in the refrigerator as that helps it not to brown as well. 
  2. Place prepared vegetables in a large bowl. When ready to serve, toss with dressing and add the cheese and corn chips. Toss gently. 


  1. Oh Kathy...great that you 'brought this out' for these last winter days. I had forgotten about this salad and I do love it so! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. YUM! That looks so good! I'm an avocado fiend!

  3. ok i want that salad....RIGHT NOW!
    i am hungry and that looks sooo
    good! when amy is gone i am making the terriyaki sandwich you posted....she can't eat pineapple either and i love with this salad...perfect!

  4. That sounds like something we would enjoy while we are in Florida. Love the beautiful avocados we can get down there! Thank you!

  5. That sounds nothing like what we would usually consider "CA cuisine" out here in CA... but delicious nonetheless! The dressing especially is making me drool, I'd probably leave out the cheese as, being Californian, I have this thing about fatty foods... But the thought of that dressing makes my mouth water.

  6. I'm a salad girl. This sounds like a full deal meal. It was almost warm enough today to eat outside. Spring is just around the corner or is it...Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm in...

  7. Oh wow, that sounds great! I'll have to keep this one in my "to try" pile. :) thanks!

  8. Yummy this salad looks great, Kathy. Corn chips on my grocery list..

  9. This dressing is so yummy. . I'll be coming back to this recipe many times.

  10. I found this recipe when looking for a salad for a potluck... it was so yummy! Definitely a recipe to file!


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