Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mexican Fiesta Salad

Welcome to Red Couch Recipes.   I hope your summer is going well, and that you are finding time to relax a bit.  One of our new favorites this summer is this salad that I call Mexican Fiesta Salad. Why "fiesta' you ask?  I think, although I have not served this at a party yet, it would be a perfect party salad.  Your guests could pick and choose the elements of their salad.  As for my family, we just mix it all together, because I know what they like.
First start out with a nice bowl of lettuce.  I used Romaine lettuce.
Look at the cast of characters.  Avocados, bacon, black beans, Mexican cheese, corn, cilantro, corn tortilla strips, green onions all join in the party.    Ooops, I forgot to add the chicken and the tomatoes.

Then, of course you can serve the salad with the Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing.  I love this dressing so much, it is a staple at our home.  Ya, and the straw is there for a reason....
So there is really not a recipe, but I will try to  give a bit more detail.
Mexican Fiesta Salad
Romaine Lettuce -- I used two Romaine heads
1 pound chicken breasts, brushed in olive oil, rubbed with low-salt taco seasoning, and grilled until done.  After grilling, cover and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before slicing in strips.
1 can (14.5) ounce black beans, drained and washed
1 can (14.5) ounce corn, drained, or 2 cups frozen corn, cooked
12 ounces bacon, well cooked and broken into small pieces 
1 cup Mexican Cheese, crumbled  (the white cheese shaped into rounds)
6 green onions, chopped in small pieces
2 avocados, sliced in large pieces
Corn tortilla strips, I used about 10 corn tortillas, cut in strips, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt, in oven until lightly brown
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Dressing Recipe
1 cup buttermilk, I like full-fat
1 cup mayonnaise
4 tomatillos, with papery outer covering and stem removed
1 nice handful of cilantro -- I leave the stems on
1-2 cloves of garlic
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded, more if you like hot
1 package, dry Ranch dressing
Pepper to season
Throw all ingredients in blender and process.  In a pinch, I have even put parsley, in place .of the cilantro, and it turned out fine.
Here is the salad with all the ingredients, minus the dressing, combined. 

This salad makes a lot, and would really be good for a fiesta.  Thanks for dropping by the Couch. 


Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Thanks for this idea. I'll be making this salad at camp this weekend.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hi Joni, thanks so much for your visit and comforting words. Time will heal the pain. your salad looks great! I love fixing salads in the summer. I am anxious to try the dressing.

Unknown said...

Yum this is a way good recipie!

Jacqueline said...

Looks fabulous! Loved all the salad helpers you have at home. You could make them for me every night.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It looks delicious! Here, summer is a fiesta and should be celebrated with flavors like this.

Unknown said...

This salad is yummy! I love the bacon in it of course! And the Mexican cheese. great recipe!

Tati said...

This salad looks amazing!! All the flavors combined are great!! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

It looks delicious!