Our Mini Family: Carnitas & Strawberries Salad with a Chocolate Olive Oil Drizzle


Jun 27, 2015

Carnitas & Strawberries Salad with a Chocolate Olive Oil Drizzle

Special thanks to Del Real Foods for providing me with free ingredients for this recipe.
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I know what you're probably thinking--carnitas, strawberries, AND chocolate? But trust me. It's not as much of an overpowering flavor pairing as you'd think. Chocolate olive oil can be used in many ways besides desserts--think of this recipe as one step closer to adventure from your standard balsamic; it's sweet and savory, but it's got a little kick to it to make it memorable.


Carnitas are a incredibly diverse ingredient if you can think outside of the box. Me personally, I love having them with something a little sweet (i.e. strawberries with just a hint of chocolate flavoring). The Del Real Food Carnitas were perfect to work with, since I could just throw them in the microwave.



This salad bowl is very easy to make--under 30 minutes from start to finish!

Carnitas & Strawberries Salad with a Chocolate Olive Oil Drizzle

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup of Del Real Foods Carnitas
  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 4-5 strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups of shredded lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate olive oil

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Place a bowl face down onto a baking sheet. Center the tortilla on top of the bowl.
  3. Bake the tortilla in the oven for about 6-10 minutes--keep a close watch on it and remove it from the oven once it's started to form around the bowl to form its final shape (and the tortilla has started browning). 
  4. Let it cool for 2-3 minutes before separating the tortilla from the bowl. Set aside. 
  5. Shred your lettuce if it hasn't already been shredded, and chop up your strawberries. 
  6. Place your Del Real Foods Carnitas into the microwave and heat. 
  7. Begin filling your bowl with lettuce, carnitas, and strawberries. 
  8. Pour chocolate olive oil into the salad and mix together. Enjoy!





29 comments :

  1. Love the idea of an unusual flavor pairing! Definitely going to try!!!!

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  2. This is such a great idea! I love the sweet and savory too. That chocolate olive oil sounds fabulous! I can't wait to give this one a try.

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    1. Oh it's super good! I highly recommend having chocolate olive oil around--it comes in handy for so many recipes!

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  3. Yum! I love the subtle sweetness the strawberries add. What a great recipe!

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  4. This is something I would try, but I would have to wait until he finished before telling my husband :)

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  5. This sounds amazing! The strawberries are the perfect touch.

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    1. YES! I am such a fan of fresh strawberries!

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  6. This looks to be a great dish! What an interesting combination!

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  7. That salad sounds scrumptuous and I love the unique flavor combinations!!

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    1. Appreciate your kind words, Rebecca!

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  8. This looks like such a good meal and not a combination I would have thought of! I bet it's delicious!

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    1. Sounds good, Margaret! I hope you do give it a try.

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  10. I've never tried them, I think I will now they look delcious.

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  11. I love salads with strawberries in them. Thanks for sharing anther great recipe

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    1. You are more than welcome and thanks for the compliment :)

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  12. I love strawberries in Mexican dishes, I use them all the time in my quesadillas and I'll have to try this recipe out soon!

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  13. I love the tidbit on how to get a crisp bowl. Never thought of adding strawberries!!
    Happy 4th of July!!

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    1. The strawberries are my favorite part! I love adding them into anything I can :D And thanks Karren! Happy 4th to you as well!

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  14. You're right...I can't imagine this flavor combination! But I'm always willing to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new. I've never heard of chocolate olive oil! I'll have to look for it and see if I can find it.

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