Mexican Chopped Salad

 

 

This Mexican Chopped Salad might just be the freshest, healthiest, most delicious salad you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting! It’s the perfect side for grilled chicken, seafood, pork and beef and pairs wonderfully with Mexican entrees!

Mexican Chopped Salad

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Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • ¼  cup  fresh lime juice
  • tablespoons  honey
  • ½  teaspoon  cumin
  • clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½  teaspoon  salt
  • tablespoons  canola oil
  • tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • taste and add salt if needed

For the tortilla strips:

  • 6 6-inch  corn tortillas
  • 1 ½ tablespoons  canola oil
  • ½  teaspoon  sea salt

For the salad:

  • medium  head romaine lettuce , chopped in approximately 1/2 inch pieces
  • medium  bell pepper, diced in 1/4-inch pieces**, any color  (I used orange)
  • ½  medium  red onion, diced in 1/4-inch pieces**
  • ½  medium  jicama, peeled and diced in 1/4-inch pieces**
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced in 1/4-inch dice**
  • medium  tomatoes, seeded and diced into 1/4-inch dice**
  • 4 ears corn
  • 1 1/2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup  finely chopped cilantro, plus whole cilantro leaves for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • For the dressing, combine lime juice, honey, cumin garlic and salt. In a slow, steady stream, add the oils, stirring continuously with a fork or small whisk. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Set aside.
  • For the corn tortilla strips, preheat oven to 400˚F. Stack corn tortillas on a cutting board. Cut in half. Cut each stack of halves into thin strips, widthwise, about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Transfer tortilla strips to a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, or until light golden brown and crisp. Set aside to cool.
  • For the salad, place corn, two ears at a time, in the microwave and cook for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave with a hot pad and allow to cool for 5 minutes. After cooling, cut bottom end of corn off, about 1 1/2 inches from end. Pull back husk and silks (almost all of the silk should easily pull away). Cut kernels from husks and set aside.
  • Combine corn and other salad ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add dressing and stir to coat all ingredients. Garnish with cilantro leaves, if desired.
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