Queso Fresco Salad

    Queso Fresco?  Never heard of it?  It's a Mexican cheese that tastes milder, less salty, and less tangy than feta cheese.  You might also find it labeled as queso blanco (very simply, white cheese).  It crumbles beautifully, but also holds up pretty well when cutting into cubes.  With it's mild taste, it is a great base for stronger flavors, and pairs nicely with spicy dishes, providing a creamy balance to a plate.

    With summer in full swing, I love keeping it simple, and having colorful refreshing salads as a side dish.  I happened to pick up some queso fresco today and thought I would put this together and have it for lunch with some of my Chipotle Tenders.

    To make this great summer salad, you'll need the following for 4 servings:

    In a medium bowl, mix all of your ingredients, and stir gently.  Cover and refrigerate to allow the flavors to come together.  You can add a small amount of light olive oil if you're going to serve this within a few minutes to help spread the flavor, but if not, you really don't need it since the tomatoes and cucumbers will give you plenty of moisture to work with.  Before serving, give it another light stir and garnish with a few whole cilantro leaves.


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