Tortilla Salad and the Definition of a Slack Tea

Apologies if you’re Australian and reading this. You can probably just skip to the part where I start talking about tortilla chips.

Slack tea is another Aussie phrase that I probably would have gone years, if not a lifetime, without knowing if not for my ongoing cross-cultural communication experiment/loving long-term relationship.

Slack tea sounds funny at first but totally makes sense after you get used to it. Like the very Australian penchant for shortening words – for brevity’s sake or love of the letter “o”, I’m still not sure, but I’ve made room in my vocabulary for such things.

Avo for avocado has proved particularly useful in my life. (NOT to be confused with arvo for afternoon.)

Anyway, the most confusing part of the slack tea concept is that “tea” can refer to the drink (although, we could just call that a cuppa), a snack, or an entire meal. For our purposes, “tea” in conjunction with “slack” is usually referring to dinner.

Sure, I could have just said “easy dinner” but slack tea has a more carefree vibe. A vibe that makes you want to crumble a few tortilla chips on top of whatever you’ve got going on because, why not? Slacking means we can still have fun, dude.

My example of a slack tea today is tortilla salad, named for its last-minute garnish.

It’s made up of various types of leftovers over a bed of crunchy Romain lettuce and shredded red cabbage tossed with my new favorite Dijon vinaigrette.

The point is to use whatever you have, toss it in a bowl and be thoroughly satisfied by it. It should feel like you spent a whole 15 minutes making it instead of 5. Really only spend 5 though.

I used:
– Leftover roast chicken, shredded
– Avo
– Leftover Amazing Roasted Broccoli (recipe coming soon)
Red pepper chilli sauce
– Tortilla chips, crushed

My New Favorite Dijon Vinaigrette
(to toss with the lettuce and cabbage or whatever greens you have)
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
– 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
– 1 clove of minced garlic
– salt & lots of pepper

Put all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake it like mad. Add a little water to thin out, if needed.