Saturday, August 18, 2012

Southwestern Salad

I've been on kind of a salad kick lately. (That's if you define a salad kick as eating a salad occasionally and loving it, because let's be honest - you can only eat so much salad before all you want is a big slab of meat to stuff your face with.) Anyway, I've been trying to eat salads more often, especially when I go out to eat. At almost every restaurant though, I find myself being pulled towards the Southwestern type salads. They're just too dang good to resist! So, as we were having friends over for dinner the other night, I thought, "Why not try to recreate a Southwestern salad myself?" And that's exactly what I did.


The best thing about salads is there is no cooking or actual work involved really. You just throw everything in a bowl and tadah! Your meal is served. The thing I like most about this particular salad is that the beans provide some protein, so it actually does a pretty good job at filling you up. I love meals like that - healthy and substantial!

Ingredients:
  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped - more or less depending on how lettucey (yes, that's a word) you want it to be.
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Southwestern seasoned tortilla strips (or the original kind is fine, but I strongly recommend the Southwestern kind)

Directions:
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the tortilla strips in a bowl and mix together well.
  2. Add the tortilla strips either just before you serve the salad or to each individual serving, so they don't get soggy and gross.

You can top it all off with your favorite kind of dressing, OR stay tuned tomorrow for my favorite Southwestern dressing. It complements this salad perfectly, so you won't want to miss it! Enjoy.

-Sarah

Linking up here.

16 comments:

  1. I understand the salad kick and this looks like a really good one. I've got to get my lettuces and toppings in order for when I return to work so I can get my salad on! Can't wait to see the dressing. :-)

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  2. Great salad...I've been thinking I need to add more salads to my diet...look forward to the dressing recipe!

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  3. If you like salad try strawberry poppyseed omfsofresh

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    1. Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week! I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

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  5. Hmmm, I've never tried a southwest salad before. I just might have to give it a go, this looks pretty tasty. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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  6. I make one very similar to this but without the green onion and corn. I will definitely try adding that the next time. Thanks for sharing.
    pr

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  7. I always eat this type at McDonald's. Might have to try making this at home. Looks amazing!

    - Jaime
    mrsmamapanda.blogspot.com

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  8. Looks so crunchy and appealing! My kind of food!

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  9. I love a nice salad!! Especially at this time of year.

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. MMmm tortilla strips! I've never heard of those - but I'm guessing they are crunchy and yummy - perfect addition to a salad!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  11. That looks as good as any restaurant salad, and less money, I'm sure!

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  12. I rarely make salads at home, but almost always order one when we eat out. This sounds fabulous and right up my mexican taste buddy 'alley'. Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

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  13. Great salad idea. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  14. Hi Sarah,
    This is another great recipe that I can't wait to try. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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