The end of my love affair with Chipotle?

My recent creation will probably not the end of our tumultuous relationship…but this salad will help with my on again, off again addiction to Chipotle salads.

I don’t know about you, but I love Chipotle. I hated it for years, after a bad experience in Washington DC (I made the mistake of asking if they had queso…and was quickly chastised by the guy working behind the counter). I finally came to my senses and tried them again. It was love at second sight. I started out messily devouring their burritos. Later, I ditched the tortilla and just had the burrito bowl when I was trying to lose weight. Finally, when I initially started eating Paleo, I discovered their salads.  (No, not every part is Paleo, but it was a start nonetheless.)

From that moment, I have had this relationship with Chipotle where it is my “go to” and occasional “addiction in waves.” You know how you find something good and eat it and eat it and eat it, until you stop to ensure you will still like it in the future? Well, yes, that tends to be me and Chipotle.

Needless to say, I realize now that not only is it not totally Paleo, but it is also not cheap. $1.86 extra for that guacamole I have come to hold dear, no prob…but not everyday! Last week, I couldn’t think of another place to eat lunch, so went to my good ole’ reliable.

real chipotle

That day, I also decided I should try to remake the tasty experience. And while I am at it, make it more Paleo friendly. I had guacamole from my husband’s bday shindig, as well as a head of Romaine from my basket of Truly Living Well veggies, as well as a green pepper I had not yet used. I looked up a recipe to work from and got to work. (Here is the original recipe from Food: Good for the Soul.)

adobo seasoning

What I used to make the adobo seasoning for the chicken and the salad dressing.

Salad dressing ingredients.

Salad dressing ingredients.

fajita veggies

You can tell what I was going for…right?

chicken

This chicken smelled so delish in my kitchen.

Overall, it was a great experience. It was not EXACTLY Chipotle. But that’s totally fine. It was tasty and delicious. I didn’t have any beans to tempt me, and my salad dressing was made from scratch so I knew exactly what was in it.

Here is what the finished product looked like =)  

Side note: I also realized that recipes are just the base…if something doesn’t taste exactly how you want it, keep playing with it to make it what you want. I may have done something wrong, but I wasn’t in love with the salad dressing at first. Add a little more of this and that, and viola, I was pleased. Don’t be afraid to taste and improve. That’s what cooking is all about.

That said, I’m still wanting to perfect my salad dressing. Does anyone have a recipe for Chipotle’s salad dressing? If so, pass it on.

Amber

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3 Comments

  • BoingyDog says:

    Chipotle is the only place I’ll buy cooked food from at this point. If I’m too lazy to cook or just need a “cheat day,” Chipotle is my place. I’m impressed that you recreated the salad! I’ve tried recreating the bowls and often fall short, mostly because I’m not the best with the seasoning. But I love that you did this – inspires me to try again!

  • Maya says:

    That looks so good!

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