Caribbean Spinach Salad with Cotija

Servings: 6


10 ounces baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
6 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, cut in thin rings
1 cup fresh mango, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) Wisconsin cotija cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup walnuts, broken
2 ounces pancetta, finely diced

1/2 tablespoon zest, and 1/4 cup juice from lemon
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
2 ounces aged Wisconsin alpine cheese

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

For salad, arrange spinach on plate and top with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and mangoes. Sprinkle with the cotija, walnuts, and diced pancetta.

For the vinaigrette, whisk together the lemon zest and juice, vinegar, honey, oil, and ancho chile powder. Drizzle over the top of the salad.

Shave the alpine into thin 2-inches squares and place them on nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese is crisp. (Cheese bakes into irregular rounds or ovals.) Remove from oven and let cheese cool on baking sheet.

To serve, place 2 to 3 crisps of alpine slightly upright onto the center of each serving of salad.

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