Friday, May 16, 2008

Just Like Costa Vita!

I got this recipe off of the "Picky Palate" blog in the link list below. I've made something similar and for all of you Costa Vita lovers it's almost identical!

Sweet Pork Salad with Cilantro Dressing

2-4 lb pork roast
1 ½ Cups Coca Cola
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Seasoning Salt

Sauce:
1 Cup Coca Cola
1 Cup ketchup

Dressing:
1 jar Herdez Salsa Verde (mild tomatillo salsa, I get it at Walmart, any size)
Equal amount of prepared ranch dressing (Hidden Valley)
1 Bunch Cilantro

10 inch wheat or flour tortillas
Shredded green leaf lettuce
Black beans, I just used canned
Cilantro lime rice (steamed rice with chopped cilantro leaves and fresh lime juice, as much as desired)
Diced tomatoes, cheese, guacamole….etc
Crispy Tortilla Strips (flour tortillas cut into thin strips and fried in vegetable oil until browned)

Place roast in crockpot with Coke; season with salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. Cook on low overnight, until tender. Remove roast from crockpot, discard juices. Shred pork into bite size pieces and place back into pot on low.
Place Cola and ketchup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Heat to a low boil. Pour over shredded roast. Cook on low until ready to serve.
For dressing, place equal parts salsa verde and ranch dressing into food processor or blender. Add Cilantro leaves and process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve: Place tortilla onto a large bowl or plate. Layer with lettuce, beans, rice, pork, dressing and tomatoes, cheese and guacamole. Cheese, guacamole and crispy tortilla strips not pictured, but really good in it

3 comments:

Melissa Chapman said...

Okay, I so want to make this salad but I hate ranch style dressing, and always choose the cilantro vinaigrette for health reasons, so does anybody know how to make the other dressing? I am guessing it has lime juice and zest, white vinegar, oil, and minced cilantro and you put it in the blender, but what are the amounts?

jamie j said...

I've never had the salad at costa vida, but I love Cafe Rio...so I made this and it was so good. I love the cilantro dressing too! Thanks for posting!

Keri said...

cant wait to eat it . My meat and coke are cooking right now. thanks for the recipe.