A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 24, 2006
Laredo Salad

Several websites feature a similar recipe for “Laredo Salad With Cowboy Marinated Onions.” The recipe was sponsored by the National Onion Association in 2003. The salad features Tex-Mex ingredients such as chili powder, chiles, tomatoes, cilantro, and picante vinaigrette.

Some restaurants have offered other versions of a “Laredo Salad.”

Food Reference Website
1 large yellow onion, halved
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 quarts mixed salad greens
2 large tomatoes, halved and sliced
1 avocado
1/4 cup (packed) cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1 or 2 small fresh chiles, sliced (if available)
4 ripe olives
Picante Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Place onion flat-sides down and thinly slice crosswise.

Combine vinegar, water, sugar, cumin, chili powder and salt in container with lid. Shake well to mix, add onion and shake to coat onion thoroughly. Place in refrigerator and marinate overnight, shaking onions in marinade 2 or 3 times.

To assemble salad, heap lettuce on 4 plates.
Arrange tomato slices on salads radiating out from center, wagon wheel fashion.
Lift onions from marinade and heap into center.
Halve, seed and peel avocado.
Slice each half lengthwise into thin slices, keeping slices attached at one end.
Fan out and divide each fan onto two salads.
Sprinkle salads with cilantro and chile slices.
Add olives.
Serve with Picante Vinaigrette.
Makes 4

Austin’s Smokin’ Steakhouse
Laredo Salad – An edible tortilla bowl with mixed greens, Smokin’ beans, scallions, black olives, cheddar cheese, sour cream and salsa

Google News Archives
Greensboro News and Record - NewsBank - Sep 13, 1995 “We still have the old favorites - the Laredo’s salad and the Santa Fe salad,” co-owner Victoria Allen says. “We’ve added chicken salad, pasta salad and a ...

Spring’s Salad Sweetener
Canton Repository - Canton Repository (subscription) - May 28, 2003 Marinated onions add kick to Laredo Salad, an easy-to-assemble but flavor-packed side dish. First, red and yellow onions are marinated overnight in red wine ... 

19 May 2004, Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard, pg. E2:
Laredo Salad with Marinated Onions
From the National Onion Association
(Same recipe as above—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
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