Frida Kalho Salad

April 17, 2014
Frida Kalho Salad - Named for a Mexican painter who created intensely vibrant self-portraits .. This salad is a version of a favorite when visiting Cafe Mogagua

Mogagua ..

In the Mexican culture .. is the feeling you have when you conquer your fears and chase your dreams

Frida Kalho Salad - Named for a Mexican painter who created intensely vibrant self-portraits .. This salad is a version of a favorite when visiting Cafe Mogagua

It's always the simple things in life .. that ground us the most

My first night in Mexico .. I sought out two things. The first? A place for long walks. The second? A local coffee shop

Backpack over my shoulder .. I passed place after place .. so many filled with tourists & loud polka music .. right next door to vendors with their colorful trinkets that lined the narrow streets. Not a negative .. just not for me

After a while I started to grow desperate .. surely there HAS to be something .. there HAS to have been someone .. a kindred spirit .. who simply couldn't have lived in a place with such a void

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Indeed there was

The minute I rounded the corner .. I just knew .. such a beautiful space .. quiet tables .. cool posters on the wall .. people sitting with their kindles .. quotations on signs (I always wonder the stories behind their personal significance)

I found a table .. ordered this salad .. and a ritual was born

Though they had no idea .. as the days passed by .. this wonderful community of people .. in the small open-air cafe gave me so much more than a delicious meal every evening

Frida Kalho Salad - Named for a Mexican painter who created intensely vibrant self-portraits .. This salad is a version of a favorite when visiting Cafe Mogagua

It was here that I sat .. headphones in my ears listening to webinars & studying for a Nutrition Coaching Certification I'd been wanting to finish. It was here I clicked the button “Take the Exam now .. you have 90 minutes to finish .. Good luck!”

Instinctively I knew I'd passed .. a milestone completed.

More to come ..

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On day 6 .. I acknowledged even this introvert might need human conversation .. people I love from afar .. I'm sure .. thought they were bothering me if they reached out. Truth be told it made me a little homesick to not have daily hellos in my inbox.

So I started practicing my Spanish .. sketchy at best .. with the waiter .. I googled my words .. smoothie with almond milk .. just a little oil when cooking my fajita meat .. sadly .. I'll skip dessert

When I asked Alberto if I could write about his cafe & feature the salad I loved so much .. he told me more of the story. Just as I suspected .. because of his great fondness & remembrance of coffee shops in San Francisco & New York .. he'd set out to create a space that he truly loved .. island style.

Opening the day of the first new moon .. 2009

Frida Kalho Salad - Named for a Mexican painter who created intensely vibrant self-portraits .. This salad is a version of a favorite when visiting Cafe Mogagua

My final evening .. I ate my salad .. slowly slid my laptop into my backpack .. and said my good-byes .. I'll miss my open-air reprieve .. and am excited to come home

Thank-you .. to my far away friends at Cafe Magagua .. for

Big smiles & cheek kisses for friends

Comfy & colorful chair cushions

Incredible green tea

Bearing with me as I asked the Google Gods for Mexican translations

Cooking fajitas in just a little bit of oil

Creating a beautiful island refuge

and for being just .. so .. incredibly cool

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Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  Frida Kaho was a Mexican painter who is perhaps best known for her self-portraits. Her work is remembered for its “pain & passion” .. along with it's intense, vibrant colors. I can't think of a better name for this colorful salad. 

pps:  Don't forget to add your favorite protein to make this a balanced meal  ( ** I always chose shrimp )

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Frida Kalho Salad
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Pepper
  • Olives
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Apple
  • Watermelon
  • Panela Cheese
Instructions
  1. On a bed of lettuce .. add all of the vegetables & fruit
  2. Serve with balsamic vinaigrette, on the side
  3. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 salad
 

~ Adapted from Emeril at food network.com .. here

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Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: Makes about 1 cup (8 servings at 2 Tbsp each)
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar, optional*
  • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Beat the vinegar in a bowl with the optional sugar, garlic, salt and pepper until sugar and salt dissolves. Then beat in the oil by droplets, whisking constantly. (Or place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake to combine.)
  2. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  3. Toss a few tablespoons of the dressing with the salad mix and desired salad ingredients, top with blue cheese and serve immediately.
  4. If not using dressing right away, cover and refrigerate, whisking or shaking again before use.
Notes
Nutritional Data by %:
% Protein: 0
% Carbs: 3
% Fat: 0

*If using a good quality balsamic vinegar you should not need the sugar, but if using a lesser quality you might want the sugar to round out the dressing.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Makes about 1 cup (8 servings at 2 Tbsp each) Calories: 185 Fat: 20.25 Carbohydrates: 1.86 Sugar: 1.7 Protein: .4

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  • Reply heydave April 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing and beautiful photographs!

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