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!
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.
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- 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.
- To make the dressing, place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
- Toss the dressing on top of the salad.
- It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
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6 thoughts on “Stetson Salad and Cecelia Gore”
Thanks to Cecelia Gore for participating in another “Cooking with Milwaukee Community Leaders” segment
We were married in Scottsdale! Not familiar with this restaurant but it reminds me of a cobb salad which I love 🙂
A very nice salad, and an even more wonderful dressing!
The restaurant closed. If i had to guess, it is near the ballpark where the Brewers play
Thanks, Mimi, it was really tasty
I’ve never heard of a stetson salad before Charlie, thanks for enlightening us. Love the combination of ingredients and that dressing too!