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Grilled Plantains with Queso Fresco

If you want to expand your horizons with Mexican flavors, this is a good dish to try. Green plantains have a starchy, almost potato-like consistency when cooked. Queso fresco is a nonmelting Mexican cheese that can be pan-fried or grilled. If you can’t find queso fresco, substitute feta cheese.



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2 green plantains, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
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½ tsp. chili powder
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1 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
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2 oz. queso fresco, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices, plus more crumbled for garnish (optional)
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½ cup fresh-packed salsa
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2 Tbs. chopped cilantro, optional
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2 ½ tsp. lime juice, divided
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2 cups torn romaine lettuce or baby mesclun greens


1. Spray plantain slices on both sides with olive oil cooking spray, and sprinkle with chili powder. Season with salt, if desired. Brush grill with oil. Place plantain slices on grill, close, and cook on medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, or until plantain slices look crisp and dry. Transfer to plate.

2. Place queso fresco on grill, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until grill marks appear.

3. Meanwhile, stir together salsa, cilantro (if using), and 1/2 tsp. lime juice.

4. Arrange greens on one side of each serving plate; drizzle with remaining 2 tsp. lime juice and 1 Tbs. oil. Set 1 layer (4 to 5 slices) plantain slices on other side of each plate; top with grilled queso fresco slices, and then with remaining plantain slices. Spoon salsa over plantains, and sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco (if using).

Nutrition Information: 

7 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
65 g
9 mg
204 mg
6 g
30 g
Serves 2

Comments on this Recipe

This is a great dish! I added a salad with dressing made from jarred salsa. Very filling and satisfying.

Awesome, simply awesome.

It's easier to peel the green plantains if you microwave them for 2 minutes or so, until the skins crack a bit. Or, slice and broil them in the skins.

Delicious and refreshing summer meal. Boiling the plantains prior to grilling makes them easier to peel and cuts down on grill time.

this will be good for a side dish dessert.