Salpicon de res - Yucatecan style
Recipe from Season 5, Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 3cups, serving 4 as an appetizer, 2 or 3 as a light main course


  • 1pound flank steak or brisket, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch squares
  • 1clove garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small red onion, diced (divided use)
  • Salt
  • 4 large radishes, julienned or chopped into small pieces
  • 1 to 2fresh habanero chiles, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1smalltomato, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2cup (loosely packed) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6tablespoons sour orange or lime juice
  • 6leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1ripeavocado, sliced


Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, add the squares of meat and skim off any grayish foam that rises to the top during the first few minutes of boiling. Add the garlic, bay leaves, herbs, a generous 1 teaspoon salt and half of the onion. Simmer over medium to medium-low heat for an hour or so, until the meat is tender. If there is time, let cool in the broth. Drain and discard all but the meat; then shred the meat into thin strands.

Combine the cooked meat, the remaining half of the onion, the radishes, chile, tomato and cilantro, and toss with the sour orange or lime juice and generous 1 teaspoon salt. Line a platter with 4 of the romaine leaves; slice the remaining 2 to make a bed in the center. Scoop the dzik into a mound over the sliced lettuce. Decorate with slices of avocado.

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