Simply Healthy Family: Mexican Chopped Salad

20.4.16

Mexican Chopped Salad



This salad has a ton of fresh, raw vegetables in it and a ton of flavor! Every single bite offers different flavors ranging from slightly sweet, tangy, salty and piquant to pleasantly please the pickiest palate. The colors are so vibrant and then there's the crumbled cheese, it's really a show stopper.














Start by adding chopped crunch Romaine lettuce then add all of your favorite veggies!
I used Radish, Cucumber, Carrot, Red Bell Pepper, Roma Tomatoes, Corn, Red Cabbage 
and then added Black Beans, Avocado, Red Onion, Black Olives and Cilantro.

Want this to be even heartier or to please your favorite meat eater?
Add grilled fish, chicken or bacon!







Sprinkle with Cotija Cheese, it crumbles beautifully and adds an amazing slightly salty, tangy flavor!




Finish by drizzling some Mexican Creme all over the top!






TIME        15 MINUTES            SERVES        6


You Will Need

1 head, Romaine lettuce, chopped into small pieces
2 cups red cabbage, sliced thinly
1 large red bell pepper, diced
6-8 radishes, washed and diced
1 large cucumber, diced, seeds scooped out
3-4 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
1/2 cup red onion, diced (or green onions)
2 large avocados, sliced
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 large handful cilantro, chopped roughly
Black Olives
1/2 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup Mexican Crema (or sour cream watered down a bit)


Optional:
Grilled, diced chicken, grilled fish, cooked bacon, crumbled.
Want some heat? Add sliced, pickled jalapenos.


For the Lime Vinaigrette

juice of 3 limes
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil (I always use Pompeian)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cumin
dash cayenne for heat if you please

Whisk all ingredients together until blended



Putting it All Together

Add all of the chopped vegetables and beans in a large shallow bowl. Either line them up like I did for presentation or simply toss them all together. Sprinkle on onion, cilantro, and Cotija cheese. Drizzle with Mexican crema and Lime Vinaigrette.









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10 comments:

  1. This looks so easy to make and the flavors sound awesome. LOVE!!!

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  2. Looks so bright and colourful - perfect salad for a bbq!

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  3. I spend so much time making very complicated stuff that I tend to forget about the simple yet delish foods like these. Yum.

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  4. I love Mexican flavors and especially in a chopped salad!! What a delicious recipe. I'm all over this one!

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  5. This is a hearted-dish made with love and attention. Love it! Thanks for sharing the recipe, enjoy the rest of the day...

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  6. This is such a pretty looking salad - I love Mexican food and this is definitely going in my todo list.

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  7. Such a lovely Mexican salad! It looks amazing. I'm adding this recipe to my salad madness board to try!

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  8. This is my kind of salad! Cotija, yes, please! So many great colors. I love when my food shows me how good I'm eating;) Love your lime vinaigrette, too. Looks simple and uses a few of my favorite spices. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe!

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  9. I love how colorful and vibrant this salad looks. Plus it's loaded with vegetables-Less guilt fro me. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  10. All the colors of a rainbow are in this show stopping salad! I just started to buy the Mexican Creme and prefer it over sour cream. Great recipe!

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