Paul Finkelstein’s healthy Mexican-inspired menu

Fresh-food chef Paul Finkelstein took his family to Mexico and came back inspired to create these takes on his vacation favourites

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Citrus Chicken Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Citrus Chicken Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

This winter my family and I enjoyed a week of sun, relaxation and great food at the Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. I spent time in the kitchen with Executive Chef Felipe Acke and Chef Neftali Palma Aguilar, and this salad was inspired by one of their recipes. Yes, each serving has 23 grams of fat, but it’s mainly the good kind.

Get the recipe: Citrus Chicken Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette.

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Soupa de Lima (Lime Soup)

Soupa de Lima (Lime Soup)

Of the dishes Chef Felipe taught me, this was my favourite – I’m a huge fan of soup. Add the lime juice just before serving; any earlier and it makes the soup bitter.

Get the recipe: Soupa de Lima (Lime Soup).

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Fish with Salsa Fruta

Fish with Salsa Fruta

Chef Felipe made this recipe for me with wonderful fresh trout. The salsa is like a hit of Mexican sunshine and flavour. One of my daughters isn’t a fan of fish, so I substitute a chicken breast for her when I make it. You can also substitute salmon for the trout.

Get the recipe: Fish with Salsa Fruta.

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