Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Week Gone Vegetarian: Fiesta Salad

Time for a nice refreshing dinner salad. I got this recipe from my Better Homes & Gardens cook book, which I love. The dressing for this adds a wonderful flavor to the whole salad... bet you could even use it on some other things, like sandwiches or wraps.

• Makes 4 Main-Dish Servings - 2 1/3 cups 

4 cups torn iceberg, Boston, or Bibb lettuce
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese w/jalapeno peppers (2 oz.)
1/2 of a 15-oz. can black beans, pinto beans, or garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained (1 cup)
2 small roma tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
1 cup (4 oz.) jicama, cut into bite-size strips, or shredded carrot
1/2 cup sliced, pitted ripe olives (optional)
1 recipe Chile Dressing
3/4 cup tortilla chips (optional)

Chile Dressing
• Makes 3/4 cup •

Stir together in a small bowl:
1/2 cup mayonnaise/salad dressing
1 4-oz. can chopped green chile peppers, undrained
1 1/2 ts chili powder
1 clove garlic, minced

1. Place lettuce in 2-quart salad bow. Layer ingredients in the following order: cheese, beans, tomato, jicama, olives. Spread Chile Dressing evenly over salad, sealing to edge of the bowl.

2. Cover salad tightly with plastic wrap. Chill 4 to 24 hours. To serve, toss lightly to coat evenly. If desired, sprinkle with tortilla chips.

* I didn't really do that last part (putting it in the fridge); we were hungry & ate it right away and it was still great! For those of you who care, I calculated this recipe at 285 cal/serving (using light mayonnaise & 2% cheese). Happy eating!

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