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Oct 19, 2012 08:30 PM

Mexican Meal side dish

serving carnitas enchiladas with a salsa verde for dinner guests. Sides of sour cream, guacamole and home made salsa.

I would like to serve a side dish. I may do a Spanish rice if I have time/feel like it. But really I want to add some vegetables to the mix.

Any thoughts on a veggie dish as a side or as a starter that would go? No corn or beans or other starchy vegetables please.

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  1. Calabsita...squash with onions, green peppers and corn. Yum! (Oops...just saw the "no corn" part...just leave that out.)

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    1. re: bigredssw

      by squash do you mean zucchini or winter squash? Winter squash, IMO falls under the starchy category.

    2. I like to prepare a Mexican cole slaw (something like this: only I cut the cabbage finer) and use it to fill half an avocado (I actually overfill the avocado half - makes a nicer salad) and I sometimes add a bit of shrimp to the mix.

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      1. re: todao

        coleslaw was on my radar, but hoped to find something different as we had a lot of coleslaw over the summer with pulled pork, just seemed too similar to carnitas/coleslaw. But will keep it in mind.

      2. Just slice up and saute a pan of chayotes and onions. Spice it up with fresh cilantro, salt, and pepper.

        Simple and very low fuss.

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        1. re: deet13

          Chayotes would be lovely, however I doubt I will find it here in my small town. I Might be able to find jicama. Can it be fried up as well? If not, a salad with it might be nice.

          1. re: cleopatra999

            In the Yucatan they make xek, a jicama salad with mandarin orange, cucumber, and a bit of chile, very refreshing: (PDF link.)

            1. re: Soul Vole

              Very good, indeed. I like the food in the Yucatan a lot and this goes with many dishes.

        2. This is a nice salad for Mexican food: . You could sub oranges for the clementines if you can't find them.

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          1. re: suburban_mom

            I actually had that recipe bookmarked as a possibility. have you made it suburban_mom? it looks really tasty.

            1. re: cleopatra999

              Yes, quite a few times. It is really light and refreshing.

          2. Since you don't want starchy (and I find Spanish rice pretty starchy, personally) how about rajas con crema or rajas con queso? I have listed one recipe below. The basic idea is chile poblanos and onions. Some recipes add crema some add sour cream, some add cheese. I even saw one on the web that had corn, but I have never seen that in a restaurant, myself.


            You can find other recipes, of course. These are colorful and very tasty (especially with the cheese...).