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Chicken Tostada Salad

by Deliciously Organic on April 6, 2011

One little perk of blogging about food is the many cookbooks that arrive on my doorstep. I heard Todd and Diane had photographed a new cookbook, so I couldn’t wait to flip through and take a look. Big Bowl of Love by Chrisina Farrare is full of great down-home classics like Chicken Piccata, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Classic Roast Beef, and Blackberry Cobbler. The easy-to-find ingredients complement her easy-to-follow methods. Todd and Diane Cu worked their usual magic and nearly every other page inspires with a gorgeous full-page photograph.

Pete and I had the rare opportunity of dinner at home without the kids a few weeks ago. A quiet house, a good salad and a few beers made for an enjoyable evening. I decided to cook one of the recipes from Big Bowl of Love and we were both amazed at the flavors. A spicy black bean salad with tender greens, guacamole, and salsa sat on top of a crunchy tortilla. The black bean salad is great alone as a dip with chips, put into quesadillas, or eaten by itself. It was the perfect springtime meal to enjoy as the sun set – just the two of us.

Sterling Publishing kindly sent me two copies of Christina’s book so I have one to give away today. To enter, leave a comment below. To get an extra entry, head over to Facebook and become a fan of Deliciously Organic. Giveaway ends Sunday, 10 April at 11:59pm. Contest open to US states only. One name will be selected using random.org and be contacted. The winner has 3 days to respond before being disqualified and a new winner chosen. Good luck!

Chicken Tostada Salad

Serving Size: Serves 6

Chicken Tostada Salad

Reprinted from Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love © 2011 by Cristina Ferrare. Permission granted from Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.


Ingredients

    Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Bean Salsa:
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced small

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced small

  • 2 celery ribs, diced small

  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeno

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Freshly cracked black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Assembly:

  • 6 (8-inch) whole wheat or gluten-free tortillas

  • 2 cups salsa

  • 2 cups guacamole

  • 6 cups baby arugula or baby greens

  • 3 cups chopped chicken breast

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese

  • 6 lime wedges

  • 8 fresh cilantro sprigs

  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Brush tortillas on both sides with olive oil. Place them in the oven on the rack and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.

To make the lemon dressing, in a glass bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and salt, and mix well. Set aside.

Make the tomato salsa and guacamole. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator.

To make bean salsa, in a bowl, combine the beans, red and yellow peppers, celery, scallions, jalapeno, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt an dpepper to taste and cilantro. Mix well. If you have the time, cover and let sit in the refrigerator for an hour; it will bring out the many layers of flavors. Any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

When you are ready to serve, drizzle 3 tablespoons of lemon dressing over the arugula or baby greens and mix well. Place on tortilla on each plate. Spread 2 tablespoons of guacamole over each tortilla. Add 1/2 cup of bean salsa toward the middle of the tortilla. Add 1 cup of arugula or greens over the bean salsa. Top with 1/2 cup chopped chicken, as much of the tomato salsa as you like and 2 tablespoons of Monterey jack (more if desired). Garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs and diced jalapeno. Serve with lime wedges.

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Winnie April 6, 2011 at 6:21 am

Looks like a great recipe and I’ve heard only wonderful things about this book. Would love to have a copy!

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Winnie April 6, 2011 at 6:23 am

I am already a fan on facebook :)

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Noelle April 6, 2011 at 6:23 am

Wow, that salad looks amazing! I want that today. :D

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Noelle April 6, 2011 at 6:23 am

I am already a fan of your on FAcebook!

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marla {family fresh cooking} April 6, 2011 at 6:32 am

I too received this wonderful book. This recipe looks great as do so many in this book.

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Sandra April 6, 2011 at 6:32 am

Yum! That salad looks so good and I would certainly enjoy a new cookbook.

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Sandra April 6, 2011 at 6:33 am

I am a Facebook fan!

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Danielle April 6, 2011 at 6:39 am

Your tostada looks delicious! I’d love to have that cookbook. I’ve seen it mentioned on several blogs and the recipes always sound so yummy!

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Kimberly April 6, 2011 at 6:43 am

Wow! That looks delicious! It has all of my favorites: black beans, avocado, cilantro, lime, cheese…..Yum!

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Stephanie April 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

Finding new salad recipes is always a treat! Thanks for sharing. Your blog has become one of my favorite food blogs!

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brandi April 6, 2011 at 6:53 am

we LOVE anything with Mexican flavors, and my husband would go nuts for this. Putting it on the meal plan soon!

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brandi April 6, 2011 at 6:53 am

already a fan on FB!

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots April 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

Yum! I’d love to get my hands on a copy of that book! :-D Thanks for the giveaway!

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots April 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

I’m a fan on facebook! :-D Yay!

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Kelly Trimble April 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

Yummy!! I want to win that cookbook – sounds great!

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Maria April 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

I am in love with Christina’s book. Great recipes and gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to try all of the recipes!

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Ann April 6, 2011 at 7:25 am

Carrie! Glad to see a -what I call- Summertime recipe. We made pasta the other day and served it hot. I discovered that eating hot food in hot weather is NOT fun. So this cool recipe on a hot day will be perfect. I’m so glad for your Facebook feed. It’s the best way to keep up your blogging :)

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Jennifer Blanton April 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’m a fan on Facebook and would love to win this book!

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Lindsay C April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

Thank you for the chance to win this cookbook. Looks and sounds like a good one!

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Crafty Farmer April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

YUM! I am drooling!!!

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Aubry April 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

Pick me! Pick me! I’d never let that copy leave my side!

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Karin April 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

Looks like a great idea for the summer when you don’t want anything too heavy!!

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the urban baker April 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

I have been a fan of Christina Ferrare’s since she was on the morning show with Steve Edwards in the 80’s! This salad looks amazing and I am sure the photographs make you want to eat the pages! Lucky for you and Pete – life gets in the way sometimes and these stolen few hours with one another makes all the difference in the world for our relationships!

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Heidi April 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

Sounds quite lovely! Count me in!

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Katie Smith April 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

Would love a copy to compliment my new cooking habit!

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Kelly April 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

The salad recipe sounds great – thanks.

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Franci April 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

Ohh yummy salad! I would love a new cookbook, too. :)

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Erin April 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

Please enter me :o)

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Erin April 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

I also “liked” your Facebook page. Thanks!

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Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer April 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

Nice! So funny, I made homemade tostadas last night too. I used organic stone ground corn tortillas and pan fried them in coconut oil, topped it with chickin, beasn salsa, cheese and avacado. So good!

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Jennifer April 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

Would love to win the cookbook! Yum!

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Jennifer April 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

I am a fan on Facebook too!

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Jason April 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

Recipe looks great. Can’t wait to give it a try and check out the rest of your posts as this is my first visit to your site.

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Catherine April 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

Looks delicious! These are the kinds of things I have to work to come up with, so having a cookbook with it all there already would be wonderful!

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Gretchen April 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thanks for posting another great looking recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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Bebe April 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

The cookbook sounds wonderful!

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Tracy April 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

Sign me up! Looks delicious!

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Betsy April 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

Looks wonderful–can’t wait to try this recipe!

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Denise April 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

Would love to win!

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Ginnie Coleman April 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

I could always use another cookbook!

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Anne April 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

Anything Mexican is a serious favorite in our house! I’ve heard good things about this cookbook!

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Jennifer April 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

I always enjoy looking through a new cookbook.

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darkblueskye April 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I love cook books! this one sounds awesome and thanks for the great recipes =)

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Krissa April 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

This looks delicious…and I always love a new cookbook!

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Krissa April 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Am already a fan on FB!

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Anne B. April 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Love Cristina’s show! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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Kayla April 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Yummy…looks so good!

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Jen April 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

What a great salad to kick off spring!

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Jen April 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I’m a fan of Deliciously Organic on FB.

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Amanda S. April 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Got your cookbook today! Can’t wait to try everything! Although I could always use more cookbooks… :-)

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Noelle A. April 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I can’t wait to try the recipe! I would love the cookbook :-)

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Leslie Rosencrans April 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I love anything with black beans and guacamole! This looks delish!

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Emile April 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Yumm, would love this cookbook – thanks!

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Kristin April 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

This tostada looks yummy!

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Michelle B in Tulsa April 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

That salad looks amazing.

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

This salad looks great–I would love to add this cookbook to my collection! :-)

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 7, 2011 at 4:39 am

I already like your FB page.

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Angela Utley April 7, 2011 at 5:09 am

This looks so fabulously healthy & delicious! It’ll be a perfect treat after a hard day of heavy yardwork & garden prep this weekend.

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Diane April 7, 2011 at 5:24 am

Love organic, love mexican and love your blog!! (and I’m already a fan on FB)!!

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Christi P. April 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

I am a fan on FB :)

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Christi P. April 7, 2011 at 5:44 am

I would love to win your cookbook…I have a vegan daughter and it is a new concept for me. I think that your book would be great help to me!

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Jen B. April 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the cookbook!

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Jen B. April 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

I am a fan on facebook!

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Haley April 7, 2011 at 6:50 am

Looks yummy.

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Jennie April 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

I am a facebook fan!

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Jennie April 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

This recipe makes me start thinking about summer and tasty summer meals. Yum! I am so glad that spring is finally here!

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saniel April 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

yum..did someone say blueberry cobbler?

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Jennifer H April 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

YUM!! tostadas are my favorite!

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michelle April 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

I would love to be entered. Thanks for the chance.

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Abbie April 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

How fun! :D

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Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer April 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Looks delish!

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Jill April 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Love your site. Just got your cookbook, a new one would be great. Heading over to FB to sign up :) Blessings.

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Nicole April 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for all the great recipes and information!

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Anne in PA April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This tostada salad looks delicious. This cookbook sounds great, thanks for the chance to win a copy! I always love a new cookbook!

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Anne in PA April 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I’m a fan of Deliously Organic on facebook.

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Anne in PA April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I’m a fan of Deliciously Organic on facebook.

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Janine O April 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Sounds good, lovely picture!

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Kristin April 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Mmmmmm. This looks delicious! I wish could lick the screen. :)

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Christina April 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I’d love to win! Thanks!

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Shelly April 8, 2011 at 2:07 am

I love Chrisinas show “Big bowl of Love” on the OWN network. Has she been renewed for another season? Excited about her cookbook! Thrilled to see you made one of her delicious recipes! Thanks!

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Judy April 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

Great Recipe! thanks for the chance to win the cookbook.

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Jamie April 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

Sounds like an amazing cookbook!! I love cooking “simply!”

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Rita April 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

I would love to win!!

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Lynnette April 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

I love salad and avocados! Love to win that cookbook!

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alecia April 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

That looks delicious!!

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Kim B. April 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I’ve been watching Chrisina Farrare on Oprah’s new network & LOVE her cooking style & recipes. Hope I win!!

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Julie Koziara April 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I’ve loved her since The Home and Family Show. I still use some of Cristina’s recipes from that show to this day!

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Brandi April 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I’m always looking for new recipe’s! I would love this cookbook!!

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Janssen April 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

It’s hard for me to use a cookbook that doesn’t have pictures. Always happy to find one that is full of them!

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Janssen April 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I’m a facebook fan!

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Amanda Thompson April 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Your tostadas look amazing ~ so fresh and flavorful!!

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Christy S April 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Wow! That salad looks amazing.

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Budoh April 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I am so thrilled I found your site via Helene at Tartlette. I became a facebook friend immediately :) Congratulations on all the wonderful things coming your way. Thank you for the giveaway!

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Claudia W April 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I just became a fan on Facebook. I’d love to win the cookbook; I’ve seen several episodes of Christina’s show and it is wonderful (I’ve always liked her though!)

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Sue April 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Yum!! I never can resist a new cookbook…great giveaway! Thanks!

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Sue April 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I’m a FB fan!

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