Our family was recently invited to attend a Mexican food themed pot luck. Pot lucks can be tricky because you don’t want to bring the same dish that someone else is bringing. Hello, how many 7-layer dips are really necessary? In my experience, Mexican food is also frequently short in supply on healthy fruits and vegetables (unless you count the avocado in guacamole). Several years ago, we came across this Mexican salad recipe and it has been a hit both for being pleasing to the palette and adding some nutritional value to meals full of cheese and carbs. It also has a fun variety of color and textures to liven up your meal.
This Mexican salad does have a hefty list of ingredients which you probably do not already have at home. It is almost all found in the produce section of your grocery store. Make sure to buy the ingredients only a day or two before you make the salad. Also, this salad does not keep for more than about a day, so be sure to prep it on the day you plan to serve it. This also makes quite a bit of salad and will serve 6-8 depending on portion size, so plan accordingly.
One head of romaine lettuce, chopped
½ cup of cooked and cooled black beans (drain and rinse if using from a can)
1-2 chopped and seeded tomato
1 small jicama, peeled and cubed- If you aren’t familiar with jicama, it is round and has a light brown skin, which should be peeled before use. It does not need to be cooked and adds a fresh, crisp element to the salad.
½ cup corn (canned, frozen or cooked and cooled if fresh)
4-5 radishes thinly sliced
1 avocado, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup feta cheese
Basically, all that is required for your Mexican salad is to chop, dice, and slice all of the ingredients. Gently stir or use salad tongs to combine.
Don’t be fooled by these simple directions. There is a lot of time that goes into all of the prep work for this salad. Give yourself plenty of time. Of course, if you don’t care for a certain ingredient, it can be omitted. However, I suggest trying the recipe as is first! All of the flavors really come together quite nicely.