Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Lunch ideas for 1 week using flour tortillas. Day 1: Taco Salad with Lime and Coriander Vinaigrette

I remember eating flour tortillas for the first time many moons ago. My hubby and I had decided to try our first Mexican meal and we ordered fajitas because they sounded so nice on the menu. When they arrived we didn't know what to do with them and had to ask the waitress for advice! Times have changed and as the appetite for Mexican style food has increased in Britain, wraps are now available everywhere with all kinds of fillings.

I bought a pack of flour tortillas this week and set myself the challenge to make a tasty lunch every day using these chewy flatbreads so here I go. 

Bacon and Cheese Taco Salad with Lime and Coriander Vinaigrette

This involves baking a flour tortilla in the oven to create a crispy tortilla bowl then filling it with some nice salad ingredients. These edible bowls can be filled with all kinds of delicious things - I'm going to try one with Chilli next! Don't miss out the Lime and Coriander Vinaigrette which gives the salad a lovely tangy zingy flavour. Very tasty!!

Serves 1

1 flour tortilla
a little oil for brushing
3 rashers streaky bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
grated cheddar cheese for sprinkling
salad ingredients - lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, avocado (whatever you like)
1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
1tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lime
1tsp cider vinager
1tbsp finely chopped coriander
salt and pepper

1. First make the tortilla bowl by brushing an ovenproof bowl, large enough to fit in the tortilla with oil. Place the tortilla carefully inside the bowl, shaping and folding where necessary so the tortilla takes the shape of the bottom of the bowl.

2. Place it in a pre-heated oven 180°C / Gas Mark 4 for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the tortilla from the bowl (it should be nice and firm) and place it directly on the shelf of the oven for a further 2 minutes. This will help to make the whole tortilla really crisp. Be careful not to overdo it and remove the tortilla earlier if it starts to burn.

3. Chop all the salad ingredients and place them in the tortilla bowl along with the chopped chilli.

4. Mix together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chopped coriander, salt and pepper until well blended and pour over the salad.

5. Top the salad with the chopped bacon and grated cheese. Serve and enjoy!

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