Southwestern salad has protein, antioxidants


Julia Mirabella writes, in Mason Jar Salads and More: “Colorful with lots of protein and antioxidants, this hearty salad will keep you satisfied ....”

Southwestern salad

Slightly adapted from Julia Mirabella‘‍s Mason Jar Salads and More, published by Ulysses Press.

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 vine-ripened tomato, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup diced avocado
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Lime Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • pinch of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Layer two dinner plates with the salad ingredients, in order listed. Whisk together the lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, and hot sauce (if using); slowly add the olive oil, whisking, until the dressing thickens. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.

Serves 2.