Orange Salad with Serrano Dressing

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units). It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews. Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup lime juice
1 cup olive oil blend (8 parts vegetable oil, 2 parts olive oil)
pinch of salt
1 serrano pepper
romaine lettuce
oranges (peeled and sliced into wedges)
tosted almonds (optional)

1. Place first five ingredients in a blender and puree. Chill until ready to use.
2. Arrange orange wedges on chilled romaine lettuce.
3. Drizzle with dressing, top with toasted almonds (optional).