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Tonight my hubby & I will be going to a dinner club event with a new group of people and the theme is Mexican Fiesta! Of course I volunteered to bring a salad with Southwestern flair, but I'm also planning to bring a couple of other surprise sides that I am excited to share with you on today's episode of Foodie Friday!

Cherry Salsa
Although this keeps for several days in your frig.....it won't last that long : - )
1 1/2 cups fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and diced
1/3 cup sweet onion, minced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
jalapeno pepper, diced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients, then cover and refrigerate. Allow the flavors to acquaint themselves for about 1 hour before serving.
Grapefruit Guacamole
This is almost like a salsa, so add more avocado if you like it thicker.
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 large ruby red grapefruit, supremed & chopped
1 - 2 jalapenos, minced
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted & diced 
(for a thicker guac, add a 2nd avocado)
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
Tomato Cilantro Vinaigrette
a few sun-dried tomatoes (soaked to soften & drained
1 small tomato (or a handful of grape tomatoes)
1 small shallot
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon fresh cilanto leaves
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper

Put all ingredients into a blender to combine and emulsify.

Southwestern Fiesta Salad
Romaine lettuce
handful grape tomatoes
2 scallions
handful of chopped bell pepper (red, orange &/or yellow)
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup thawed frozen corn
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup black beans, optional

Toss the salad ingredients together with Tomato Cilantro Vinaigrette. Best served on chilled salad plates.
 

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Oh this all sounds so festive! Can't wait to try them ;D
Wow! Looks totally delicious!! Definately going to try them!!

Question for you Penni....I believe you are on the juice feast...are you taking a break for your party or are you going to be sipping on your juice?
I'll be sipping on my Pico De Gallo Juice!

Adrienne said:
Wow! Looks totally delicious!! Definately going to try them!!

Question for you Penni....I believe you are on the juice feast...are you taking a break for your party or are you going to be sipping on your juice?
Had to stop watching and run to the fridge to get a juice to drink. My mouth was salivating and here some of us are on the wagon(juice feasting)=:-)
YUMMERS! Will definitely make these.
I know!! I was hoping Penni was gonna say she was going to eat all of that cuz my answer would've been "so am I!!" & run out the door to the grocery store!! Lol!

Chris said:
Had to stop watching and run to the fridge to get a juice to drink. My mouth was salivating and here some of us are on the wagon(juice feasting)=:-)
I know.....it's like dangling candy in front of a baby. My bad. *she says as she guzzles her juice to fill her stomach before she goes into the tank of temptation*

Chris said:
Had to stop watching and run to the fridge to get a juice to drink. My mouth was salivating and here some of us are on the wagon(juice feasting)=:-)
yum, I want to come :)
thanks for sharing!
I can't wait to try them but I will!! Sorry I had my doubts oh great leader, guzzle away :- ) And have fun.

Penni said:
I know.....it's like dangling candy in front of a baby. My bad. *she says as she guzzles her juice to fill her stomach before she goes into the tank of temptation*
Chris said:
Had to stop watching and run to the fridge to get a juice to drink. My mouth was salivating and here some of us are on the wagon(juice feasting)=:-)
What a great mix of flavors. I love your mix of fruits like grapefruit and red onion and jalapenos. And cherries and tomatoes. How cool is that???

Hope you have a great time at your party, Penni.
Looks yummy Penni
Wonderful change of pace for the salsa... XCan't wit to try it tomorrow!

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