Loaded Dinner Salad with Avocado Dressing and Parmesan Tortilla Chips

Loaded Dinner Salad with Avocado Dressing and Parmesan Tortilla Chips

Serves 4
Cook time 30 minutes


  • 1 pinch black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated)

For the salad

  • 3 heads Romaine lettuce
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Medium red onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill (minced)

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup whipped avocado
  • 2 tablespoons Dijion mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the onions

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the medallions

  • 1lb pork tenderloin (cut into 8 slices)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the tortilla chips

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano


Make the salad
Step 1. In a large bowl, toss lettuce, red pepper, onion and dill. Chill until ready to use.
Make the dressing
Step 2. Combine all ingredients for dressing in blender and blend until smooth. Chill until ready to use.
Make the onions
Step 3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Be sure to constantly scrape the skillet to incorporate the browned bits into the onions. Continue to cook until the onions are brown, about 15 minutes.
Make tortilla chips
Step 4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk the oil, oregano, and pepper in a small bowl. Brush the oil mixture over both sides of the tortillas. Stack tortillas and cut into fourths. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until brown, about 8 minutes.
Make medallions
Step 5. Sprinkle pork slices with salt. Whisk next 5 ingredients in bowl (vinegar through cumin). Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork, cook 1-1/2 min each side. Add vinegar mix and simmer 8 minutes. Set aside.
Make dinner
Step 6. Toss salad with 3/4 of dressing, toss well and divide salad over 4 large plates or bowls. Top with pork medallions and caramelized onions. Serve with remaining dressing and parmesan chips. Enjoy!
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