Tostada Nueva- an easy gluten-free lunch

Easy Tostada Nueva Recipe- Gluten Free
 The tostada- made fresh + light

The recent summer weather has nudged me out of my primavera surliness and ignited my desire to paint again. I suddenly feel energized. Focused. Turned on. I've been toning wood and masonite panels left, right and upside down, laying on thick and juicy strokes of pigmented Gesso in rose, peach and ocher- warmth as a foil to my preferred palette for cool brushy skies and sea blue abstractions.

This is a welcome turn. As many of you know, it's been a somewhat weird and challenging seven months. It feels good to be back in my tiny studio again, blasting music and standing upright, paint brush in hand.

And what have I been eating this hot and breezy week, you ask?

Have I got a quick and easy solution for those sultry summer nights when it's simply too darn hot to turn on the oven. I'm calling the recipe Tostada Nueva. This is not your typical fried corn tortilla topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, red tomatoes and greasy ground beef. No Mam.

It's light and fresh and snappy. And it's dairy-free (translation- cheese-less) so you can serve it to your GFCF Sweethearts.

I used a gluten-free tortilla for the tostada base- they cooked up flaky and just crisp enough. (I fried them briefly in my iron skillet with a splash of light olive oil.)

Fresh and fast tostada recipe

Tostada Nueva

I topped my gluten-free tostada with slices of gluten-free casein-free Applegate Farms Honey and Maple Turkey Breast and pieces of cooked and crispy (nitrate free!) Sunday Bacon, but you could use any of your favorite deli meat. The heirloom yellow tomatoes are bright and citrusy- perfect for summer.


For each person you'll need:

1 gluten-free brown rice tortilla-wrap
Olive oil, as needed
3 slices of Applegate Farms Honey Maple Turkey or Smoked Turkey
2-3 pieces of crispy cooked Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon
A handful of organic baby greens
1 smallish yellow tomato, sliced

Honey Mustard Dressing


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey mustard
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
1 dab of agave nectar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


If you are making dressing for four servings, I might quadruple all the ingredients listed except for the garlic- one clove is probably enough.

Assemble your ingredients.

Just before you are ready to eat, heat a little olive oil in a medium hot skillet. Fry the brown rice tortilla on both sides, briefly, until it is slightly golden and crisp. Remove with tongs and place the hot tortilla on a serving plate. (Drain it on a paper towel first, if you like.)

Top with the turkey, fresh baby greens, yellow tomato slices and cooked bacon. Drizzle with the Honey Mustard Dressing. Season with more sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Boom. Dinner is done.

Does it get any easier?

Serve with a side of my Easy Guacamole with Lime. Or how about some of my Horseradish Spiked Red Potato Salad?

Note: I like Applegate Farms because their products are organic, nitrate and antibiotic free, as well as gluten and casein free. Not to mention, delicious.


Kelly said...

This picture makes me want to lick my computer screen! Can't wait to see your art website!

SusanV said...

I also can't wait to see your art blog!

Speaking of art (because it is), your current blog design is my favorite one ever. You know, you could go into the blog makeover business--another outlet for your talents!

milhan said...

Oh my! I just bought TJ's rice tortillas and Applegate Farms Turkey!...guess what I am having for lunch today!?

BTW, I love your blog! Thank you for making GF eating so soulful :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

That tostada looks amazing. Hats off to Trader Joe's for continuing to come up with great new products. they are finally opening their first store in Rhode Island in October -- yippee!

seamaiden said...

Karina dah-ling! Your new site looks beauuuuutiful. I've been swamped, but am so glad I came by today. :)


Karen said...

I think a blog where you show us some of your artwork and maybe even offer a few smaller pieces for sale would be awesome! And maybe blogging about your art would give you a little of the inspiration on the art side that's been clearly inspires your culinary creations!

Karina said...

Muchas thanks to::

Kelly- Susan- Milhan - Lydia- Seamaiden...




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