Mexican Rice Salad

by jerseygirl on September 28, 2011 · 12 comments

Back in college I was a waitress at a Mexican restaurant. The best part about this place was that you could get good cheap food, bottomless bowls of free chips and giant $2 margaritas. What more could you want for dinner at 21 years old? They also had giant house salads for only $2.50. I remember my roommates coming to visit me while I was working. They would fill up on free chips and have a house salad with a margarita. For under five dollars, you had a great dinner.

I was one of the lucky ones that could get an employee meal. Of course, you were limited in what you could order. Steak, shrimp and chicken fajitas were off limits. So were the margaritas. Unless you could get a bartender to sneak you one after you were done work. But the thing I loved most was making our own salads. All the waiters and waitresses would try their hand in creating a new salad.  I liked mine with everything but the kitchen sink in it. Believe it or not, I had not tried avocados until then. But the best creation was when someone decided to put rice in their salad.

For old times sake, I have to make an occasional salad with rice in it. It sounds somewhat strange but it really does taste good mixed in. Don’t shoot me but I also cover it with bottled red French dressing. Growing up, we only had oil and vinegar in our house so bottled dressing was a real treat. My college roommate and I would raid the salad dressings in the cafeteria trying two or three on a plate. The novelty wore off and I usually make my own dressings now. But it’s good to have some bottled dressing once in a while for old time’s sake.   

But now I want everyone to try some leftover rice on their salad. Put this on a bed of crispy greens with avocados, corn, olives, cheese, green onions, tomatoes, roasted peppers, black beans, salsa or whatever you might have in your fridge or pantry. Then pour some creamy red dressing on it. I like to add some hot sauce or sprinkle with chili powder too. It is best to eat this salad with a margarita. Once you try rice in your Mexican salad you’ll never go back! Here is what was in my salad tonight. Enjoy!

Mexican Rice Salad

Chopped romaine lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Shredded cheddar cheese
Black olives
Corn salsa
1/2 Avocado, chopped
Rice Medley with black beans (from Trader Joe’s)
Roasted peppers, chopped
Catalina French dressing

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl reserving dressing to drizzle on last. Makes one good salad!

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Erica September 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

mmmmmmm sounds fabulous to me! Love Mexican food. And avocados? Can't get enough

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The Japanese Redneck September 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

That looks like a good meal to me. I would luv to work in a Mexican place. Seems cool to me.

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The Blonde Duck September 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

They wouldn't give you fajitas? How rude!

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Brewed Coffee September 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I love spicy food :-) This one looks perfect to eat right now…

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That Girl September 30, 2011 at 12:29 am

When I worked at a Mexican restaurant our salads were way more expensive. $2.50 is a great deal!

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Katrina October 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I had a college roommate that always worked at Pizza Hut–we got a lot of cheap (free) food there all the time. ;)
And I love everything about this salad!

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Megan October 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

Now I want a margarita! LOL with a Mexican salad of course. ;)

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Mari October 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

Absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe, I am sure I will prepare this very soon :)

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teresa October 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

that is a good looking plate! i love all the colors!

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Shelby October 3, 2011 at 5:36 am

Lisa, this sounds yummy and you have sold me on it…I will definitely try it. BTW, Catalina (French) bottled dressing is always my choice when going to places like Pizza Hut or Ponderosa where they have the salad bars!

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Leslie October 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

$2 margaritas! Thats a deal! Love your salad

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freelance writing October 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

yumm yumm i love it makes me hungry :)

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