This past weekend I washed our walls with the grime-killing combo of warm water and distilled white vinegar and now I can’t be stopped. No wall left behind!!!
Ahem. That is to say, my inner clean freak is, well, freaking out. You guys, warm water + white vinegar = magic wall cleaning potion. In the past I’ve used a Magic Eraser to clean scuffs and fingerprints from our walls, but it has a tendency to magically remove the paint, too. After walking past a smudge-filled wall (hello two small and sticky children) illuminated in mid-day sunshine this past Sunday, I was determined to find a better solution. Google told me 1/4 cup white vinegar mixed with 4 cups warm water would do the trick and boy did it!
“Babe, what are you doing?”
“Washing the walls! Would you look at this?! It’s getting EVERYTHING off!”
“THE WALLS, Ben. THE WALLS!”
Moral of the story – the walls in my home have never been cleaner, we’re the proud new owners of 6 quarts of distilled white vinegar, and I officially need a life. Now, if the solution can clean the spray of red wine off my kitchen ceiling I’ll really be impressed! #dontask
Anyway, another magic combo happening in my kitchen is the marriage of fajita chicken and vegetables with a crisp caesar salad. Yes! This is a dish I ordered from a restaurant in Steamboat, CO a couple weeks ago and by the second forkful I knew I’d be recreating it for ya. It is so, so good.
Crunchy romaine lettuce is tossed with caesar dressing and grated parmesan cheese then topped with sizzling chicken and vegetables that have been cooked fajita style – aka seared in a super hot skillet until crisp tender. I would have never, ever paired fajita-style veggies and chicken with the decadent flavors of caesar salad on my own, which is why I’m glad Winona’s in Steamboat, where we went for lunch one day of our vacation, did. This salad is such a treat!
Now, a few notes:
- Many fajita recipes will call for a chili powder-heavy marinade or seasoning. That’s not how I like my fajitas. My version calls for fresh vegetables seasoned with 4-ingredient homemade seasoned salt and a little bit of lemon juice. TRY IT.
- Winona’s uses shallots in their fajita vegetable mix instead of onion and it’s a game changer. Fried shallots are one of my all time favorite foods and the seared version in this salad really stands out. Shallots are usually sold near the garlic but if you can’t find them, swap in a large sweet onion instead.
- This is an easy recipe to make vegetarian – just leave the chicken out! The mix of peppers, shallots, and mushrooms served over romaine lettuce tossed with caesar dressing is extremely satisfying on its own.
Who’s ready to eat?
Start with the vegetables – you’ll need 2 bell peppers of any color, 8oz mushrooms, and 2 jumbo shallots – all sliced thin. Heat 1 Tablespoon high heat cooking oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet (preferably cast iron – here’s my ride or die!) over heat that’s just a touch below high then, when it begins to smoke, add 1/3 of the vegetables. Season with homemade seasoned salt and a tiny drizzle of lemon juice then when the vegetables have seared on the bottom, stir and cook until crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes. Remove the vegetables to a plate then cook the rest in two batches in the same manner – 1 Tablespoon oil, season with seasoned salt and lemon juice, then cook until crisp tender.
Heat 1 last Tablespoon oil in the skillet then add 2 chicken breasts (about 14oz) that have been sliced thin, season with seasoned salt, lemon juice, and a pinch of cumin, then saute until cooked through. Remove to the plate with the vegetables.
Ok, sizzling fajita chicken and vegetables = done! Last step is to toss a 10oz bag chopped romaine lettuce with 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (I used the small side of my box grater,) and the caesar salad dressing of your choice. I found this Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing at HyVee and it’s preeetty much rocking my world.
Divvy the caesar-dressed greens between bowls then top with the warm chicken and vegetables, and dig in. I hope you LOVE this unique and delicious dinnertime combo – I know I can’t wait to have it again! Enjoy!
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Fajita Caesar Salad
Fajita Caesar Salad combines sizzling fajita chicken and vegetables with a classic, crisp caesar salad. A match made in dinner heaven!
- 2 chicken breasts (14oz), sliced into thin strips
- 2 small bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced
- 2 jumbo shallots, thinly sliced
- 8oz mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 4 Tablespoons high-heat cooking oil, divided
- 1/2 lemon
- gluten-free seasoned salt (see notes for recipe)
- pinch cumin
- 10oz bag chopped romaine lettuce
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 - 1 cup gluten-free caesar dressing
- Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over heat that’s just a touch below high. When the oil begins to smoke add 1/3 of the vegetables then season with seasoned salt and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice (not too much - you just want a hint of lemon flavor.) Let vegetables sit undisturbed until seared on the bottom then continue to saute, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes, turning heat down if they begin to burn. Remove vegetables to a plate. Repeat searing vegetables in two more batches, each in 1 Tablespoon oil, seasoning with seasoned salt and lemon juice.
- Heat remaining Tablespoon oil in skillet then add chicken, season with seasoned salt, a pinch of cumin, and lemon juice, then saute until cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Remove to plate with vegetables.
- Divide lettuce and parmesan cheese evenly between 4 bowls then drizzle with caesar dressing and toss to coat. Top with fajita chicken and vegetables then serve.
- Click here for my homemade gluten-free seasoned salt >
- I used Primal Kitchen's Caesar Dressing, which is gluten-free.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.
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I recently started using vinegar in place of fabric softener and have been pretty happy with it. It gets the stink out of teenager clothes – even high school football gear! And it’s so stinking cheap!
Nicole @ Bento Momentos 10.11.2017
Fajita seasoning and Cesar dressing? What an indulgent flavor explosion. Also love that it’s gluten free. Keep them coming!
Kelli @ Hungry Hobby 10.11.2017
my hubby is the clean freak in our house so I’ll have to pass that along – I’mthe mexican food freak so I’ll eat this while he washes the walls ha ha
Ryan | The Blessed Mess 10.11.2017
I never would have thought to combine these flavors but now I’m intrigued! Adding this to our meal plan for next week!
What kind of sponge did you use?? Can’t wait to try this, my walls are also full of sticky handprints from my littles!
Just a new dish sponge – I used the textured side to get the bigger smudges off then went over it with the smooth side.
Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids 10.10.2017
You can come clean my walls next ;) But vinegar is a pretty amazing thing. I always have it on hand for pickling and cleaning :)
This salad looks delicious too! I love to have a hearty, salad for dinner.
I am so thrilled with the results that I just might, Val – don’t tempt me! ;)
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona 10.10.2017
I never would have put the fajita and Caesar flavors together, but not that I think about it, it would be a delicious combination. This recipe is on my list to make next week.
SO delicious – I hope you love it, Fiona!
Thank you for such delicious and easy meals! I recently had a baby and her and breastfeeding every 3 hours has taught me to reinvent the wheel in the kitchen. I’ve mostly turned to your blog, so thanks! By the way, made your quick stove top apple crisp last night to satisfy my sweet tooth and it was AMAZING and so easy!
So glad to hear the recipes are making your life a little easier – definitely been there during those crazy newborn days!
I’m obsessed with white vinegar – I order 5 gallons at a time :D ! I’ve become more of an eco warrior lately, so I use it as a laundry softener (my husband did raise his eyebrows at this, but I promise we don’t smell of vinegar!), a shower shiner, limescale remover, toilet cleaner, window cleaner, sink unblocker… I’ll be using it on the walls to now I guess!
I can definitely attest to no smell when using it in the laundry – I do that too!
Excited that dressing is available at HyVee! Started another Whole30 and always looking for approved condiments to save time.
Yeah! It was new to my HyVee a couple weeks ago – super thrilled to see it. :)
This sounds good, Kristin. I tried something you might like recently. It’s GF and paleo. It’s called Fathead pizza. Google it if interested. It’s a pizza crust made of mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, eggs and coconut or almond flour. In researching further, fathead dough can be used to make other things, including – get this – cinnamon rolls!
Ummm – cinnamon rolls?!?! Game changer – I’ll definitely look into this! Ben made epic GF cinnamon rolls a few years ago but it took him HOURS and he combined a few different recipes so I don’t have one to even re-test.
I literally cleaned tried cleaning a scuff on my wall 8 hours ago with said magic eraser, ahhh! You’re so right… it took the paint off. (sigh) Thanks for the pro tip!
Ugh, right? Give this a try with a clean sponge – you’ll be amazed.