I really do believe homemade is best. I love planning and shopping and cooking . I love the feeling of exhaustion after being on my feet all day, watching people enjoy a meal. But sometimes life gets in the way, and homemade isn’t always possible. At least a few times during the fall when I do the bulk of my cooking for a crowd, there are weeks where I can’t do a fully from-scratch meal. Those weeks we order pizza, or lasagna, or burritos. Even though the main meal is store-bought, I always try to make a hearty salad with homemade dressing so that there’s still a touch of love in the meal. One of my most popular salads is on burrito or taco night: I whip up a zesty lime vinaigrette and toss it with mixed greens and salsa vegetables – tomatoes, corn, red onion, and avocado. It’s the recipe I get the most requests for so today I’m sharing! I buy limes by the bag when I’m making this recipe for a crowd, but it can be scaled really easily to make dinner at home, or a week’s worth of lunches!
The classic ratio for vinaigrette is one part vinegar to three parts oil. I like to make mine zingier with two parts vinegar to three parts oil, and for this dressing I do a 1:1 ratio. You can always add a little more olive oil if you want a more emulsified dressing. If you want to soften the raw bite of the red onion, let it sit in the dressing for a while you chop the rest of the vegetables.
Zest of 3 limes
½ c. freshly squeezed lime juice
½ c. olive oil
1 tsp. Mexican Seasoning
1 tsp. honey
1 jalapeno, finely diced (optional!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Add to large salad bowl,
2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 bag frozen corn
3 avocadoes, diced
1 red onion, finely diced.
Add a few tablespoons of dressing to the vegetables at the bottom of the bowl, and add a large box of mixed greens or chopped romaine, and toss just before serving!
Thank you all for following along this series! I hope it inspires you to try out cooking for a crowd – be it 10 people or 100!
Amanda is a wife, dog mom, and avid home cook. She loves the outdoors, books, and would always rather be at the beach.