Alvaro Chavez, the executive chef at Depot Nuevo in Wilmette, has years of experience combining his passion for French and Latin American cuisines at various fine restaurants along the North Shore. Alvaro has prepared meals and demonstrated his cooking skills at various Great Chef and charity events, including the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Elegance Event. In the following recipe, he uses locally grown veggies available right now and adds a little bit of the exotic with mango and cactus leaves.
Nopales and Corn Relish Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 ears fresh sweet corn, kernels removed
⅛ large onion, diced
5 teaspoons chopped cilantro
Combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette and blend until well combined. Set aside.