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Southwestern Salad Bowl

Embark on a flavour-packed journey to the Southwest with my Southwestern Salad Bowl. A vibrant medley of fresh salad greens, black beans, corn, bell peppers, and a zesty Southwestern dressing that brings a fiesta to your taste buds.

Total Time
20 min
Difficulty
Easy
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Ingredients for 2 large Servings

  • For the Salad:

    200g mixed salad greens (e.g., lettuce, spinach, arugula)
    200g canned black beans, drained and rinsed
    150g corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen and thawed)
    1 red bell pepper, diced
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    150g cooked chicken breast, diced (optional for a non-vegetarian version)
    100g shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
    1 avocado, diced
    Tortilla chips for garnish

    For the Southwestern Dressing:

    60ml olive oil
    30ml lime juice (about 1 lime)
    5g chili powder
    5g cumin
    5g paprika
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper to taste

Total Time

  • Preparation Time
    20 min
  • Cooking Time
    5 min

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Method
  1. 1. Prepare the Southwestern Dressing:

    • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.

    2. Assemble the Salad:

    • In a large salad bowl, layer the mixed salad greens.
    • Add the drained and rinsed black beans, corn kernels, diced red bell pepper, halved cherry tomatoes, finely chopped red onion, and cooked diced chicken breast (if using).
    • If you’d like to make this salad vegetarian, omit the chicken and add more veggies or beans.

    3. Drizzle with Dressing:

    • Drizzle the prepared Southwestern dressing over the salad ingredients.

    4. Toss Gently:

    • Gently toss everything together until the salad is well coated with the dressing.

    5. Add Avocado and Cheese:

    • Add the diced avocado and shredded cheddar cheese (if using) on top of the salad.

    6. Garnish with Tortilla Chips:

    • Crush some tortilla chips and sprinkle them on top of the salad for added crunch and flavor.

    7. Serve:

    • Serve your Southwestern Salad immediately as a refreshing and satisfying meal
    Pro Tips
    • Customize your Southwestern Salad with your favorite toppings like sliced jalapeños, diced avocado, or a dollop of sour cream for added creaminess.
    • To make this salad vegetarian, omit the chicken and add extra beans or your preferred plant-based protein source.
    • Crush tortilla chips just before serving to maintain their crunch.

Notes

Calories:
Calories per serving (without chicken and cheese): Approximately 250 calories. Keep in mind that nutritional values may vary based on ingredient brands and portion sizes. Enjoy the fiesta of flavors in this Southwestern delight!

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