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Pati Jinich Everyday Green Salad

Ensalada de todos los dí­as
Serves 6

1 head butter lettuce or red leaf lettuce
1/3 cup white distilled vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar, or to taste
4 carrots, or 3/4 lb, peeled, thinly sliced
1 large cucumber, or 3/4 lb, peeled, seeded, sliced
2 ripe tomatoes, or 3/4 lb, quartered, seeded, sliced
1 large ripe Mexican avocado, halved, pitted, sliced

In a plastic container that has a lid, add the vinegar, vegetable and olive oils, Dijon mustard, garlic, onion, salt, black pepper and sugar. Cover the container with a lid and shake for 10 seconds until the vinaigrette is well emulsified. Alternatively, you can also whisk with a fork in a bowl.

Place the lettuce, carrots, cucumber and tomato in a large salad bowl. Pour a generous amount of the vinaigrette on top and toss. The salad should be coated with the vinaigrette but not swimming in it.

Top with avocado slices, drizzle a bit more vinaigrette on top of and serve.


I’m so excited to try this salad and the dressing…. It sounds SOOOOO familiar to something my mom used to make when I was a child. Yay!!!

Thanks for your comment, Linda. I hope this salad recalls childhood memories for you.

Pati, love your show! You had said when you were working with the cucumbers that your mom and other women in the family would rub the end of the cut cucumber to keep it sweet. My mom who came from an Italian family did this too, she also did it with zucchini. I am like you, if it works why change it. Thank you for helping me discover REAL Mexican cooking.

Hi Marianne, Thank you very much for watching the show!! I didn’t know they did the cucumber trick in Italy too. Good to know!!

Pati my husband and I are so excited to try this recipe I was wondering if you can change up the vinagers in the dressing? Can you use red wine or apple cider?? I love watching your show we set our tv to remind us when it’s on so we don’t miss an episode:) Thanks for sharing all your recipes and for allowing us in your kitchen:)

Hi Amy, Sure you can change the vinegars in the dressing! If the vinegar you substitute is not strong enough (distilled vinegar is stronger than other vinegars), just add a little more to your taste. Thank you so much for watching the show!!

cant wait to try the flan reciepe my boy friend is from mexico and he loves flan do you have a reciepe for bolillo bread

Hola Rockel, Thank you for trying my flan recipe for your boyfriend. I hope he likes it!! I will try to post a recipe for bolillo bread soon.

Hi Pati,
just watched your show on Create for the 1st time and I love the dressing recipe. I will be trying that soon. When you mentioned about rubbing the cucumber ends it reminded me of my Mom who does that in India. Good to know some things are same no matter where you are from.
Thanks for your recipes. Taruna

Hi Taruna, I’m so happy to hear you found the show; thank you for watching!! That’s very interesting that your Mom also rubs the ends of the cucumbers. I wasn’t sure anyone did it outside of Mexico until I demonstrated it on the show and am hearing about it being used in many other cultures too!

Hi Pati!
My husband and I quit subscribing to cable TV for many reasons, the main one because we essentially were paying for commecialized cable. Needless to say, I’ve really latched on to CREATE on PBS and have just fallen in love with your show! It’s fun to watch someone who not only is passionate about what she is doing, but is also joyful and serene and easy to learn from. So I just wanted to let you know you’re doing a great job! Who needs cable TV?

Hi Jinelle, Thank you so much for your message!! It’s wonderful to hear your are enjoying my show…as I really enjoy making it. All my best to you and your husband.

Hi Patti,

I can’t wait to prepare two of your recipes. You made it look so easy. I will try the recipe for Chicken A La Trash and the salad dressing. I really like your show; I saw it for the first time today. I’m from Colombia and I love Mexican Food.

Gracías, Viviana! Please let me know how the chicken and salad dressing turn out!! I’m glad you are trying them.

Made the salad dressing and it was stellar!! The salad was so fresh and lite and GONE! This is our new go to -Thanks!

So glad to hear Rebecca!! I usually make double or triple batches… gets better as it sits in fridge.

Hi Pati ~ made this dressing 4 days ago, thx for sharing ~ quick & easy, excellent flavor. I did add an extra splash of vinegar to suit our preference and used refrigerated organic minced garlic from a tube (no fresh on hand). And yes, a few days in the fridge made it even better. This New Yorker always enjoys your shows on PBS, keep up the good work:)

Thank you so much for watching!! I’m so happy you made the salad dressing. Great to have around in the refrigerator — and, yes, it will last a few days!

Update ~ I marinated strip steaks for several hours in Pati’s dressing before grilling, sooooo good! Lesson learned, double or triple batch is mandatory:)

I like your recipes. i like how u cook. thank you so much.I live in Chicago but I came from Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. there the people cooks diferently.

Hi – Pati ,
I can’t believed I can make my own salad dressing now ….. Thanks to you and your show I learned lots of your awesome recipes . Your salad dressing was super ! And OMG , I made the ChocoFlan and I know what you ‘re talking about , it’s really unbelievable . You’re the BEST !!!!!!!

The salad dressing was super , and OMG the ChocoFlan it’s really unbelievable . Thanks to you for sharing all your recipes . Your one of the best !!!!!!!!!

Thanks much for writing to me Liza! So glad you like the recipes…

Patie, I watch your show every time you are on. I was in Laredo Mexico in a small resturant the first thing they brought to the table was some avocado and some tortas. They where small and kind of thick , I asked how they were made and the young man said with masa and mashed potatoe.Do you know how to make them. Thank you pattie.

I know what you are talking about Gene! Will try to post soon.

I love to make my dressings from scratch. This dressing is simple, fresh, and delicious. I have received raves from guests and family alike whenever I make it. Truly lovely. Thank you!

Thank you for making it, Mary!!

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