Stetson Salad Presentation

Stetson Salad and Cecelia Gore

Stetson Salad – Cowboy Ciao was a restaurant in Scottsdale that has closed. They were famous for their Stetson Salad. The Stetson Salad has a wonderful combination of textures and flavors. And the dressing is a buttermilk-pesto-mayo-lemon combination that’s perfect for this dish.  And the variations in the salad ingredients are endless. You can add smoked salmon or roasted chicken if you like.

Cecelia Gore is our guest for “Cooking with Milwaukee Community Leaders”. She is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation. Cecelia is listed in the 2023 Milwaukee Business Journal’s Top 100 Powerbrokers in Milwaukee. After our interview, Cecelia shows us how to make the Stetson Salad

Cowboy Ciao and the Stetson Salad

The Stetson Salad is an iconic Scottsdale, Arizona dish.  Originally on the menu at Cowboy Ciao, you can now find it at The Gladly and Citizen Public House, with different spins of their own. Cowboy Ciao is no more but the legend of the Stetson Salad lives on!  

Stetson Salad

What makes the Stetson salad so special is the look and the ingredients.  It’s very special in that all the ingredients are lined up:  arugula, ripe diced plum tomatoes, sweet corn, and a trail mix comprised of grated Asiago cheese, dried cranberries, and pepitas.  The dressing gets poured over the salad at the table by the server and tossed before serving.  

Cooking With Milwaukee Community Leaders

I do a short interview with my guest, talk about their work in the community, and then cook something at our condo building. They pick whatever we are going to cook and I act as their sous chef.

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Enjoy the meal
Enjoy the meal

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Enjoying the margaritas

Wendell Willis (Former MPS Foundation Exec Director) Interview – Steak Fajitas – Easy Margarita Recipe recipe article is

Charlie DeSando and Ricardo Diaz
Charlie DeSando and Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz (Former Exec Director of UCC) Interview – Cuban Tostones and Plantains Recipe – Recipe article is

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Charlie DeSando and Mayor Johnson

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Charlie DeSando and Joanne Anton

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Stetson Salad Presentation

Stetson Salad

Stetson Salad is special because of the look and the ingredients. It’s very special in that all the ingredients are lined up.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Steson
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 377kcal


  • No special equipment needed


  • 1 cup cooked Israeli couscous
  • 1/2 cup diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dried sweet corn
  • 1 cup chopped arugula
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon diced (could substitute chicken)
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas pumpkin seeds


  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Arrange salad ingredients in separate rows on a large platter.
    Stetson Salad Presentation
  • To make the dressing, place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
    Buttermilk Pesto Dressing
  • Toss the dressing on top of the salad.
    Adding Buttermilk Pesto Dressing to Stetson Salad
  • It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
    Mixed Stetson Salad



Serving: 2cups | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.3g | Protein: 8.9g | Fat: 22.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 7.5mg | Sodium: 266.5mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 7.4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1439IU | Vitamin C: 20.8mg | Calcium: 94.8mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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