We call this salad our Fiesta because that’s what it’s like to the tastebuds: a lively, dancing, party (don’t be surprised if your family gets up and busts a salsa step in the middle of dinner–they can’t help it )! The whole family will be excited about their greens when you dazzle them up with these bright veggies and scrumptious Calamansi Spiked Avocado Dressing.
This vegetarian recipe is full of protein from the black beans, but feel free to add chicken, steak, or barbecue shrimp. And don’t forget to share with us on our Facebook Page how yours turns out–we love to hear about your creations!
8 Cups Chopped Romaine Lettuce
1/2 Bell Pepper
3/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1 1/2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes
1 Can Black Beans, Drained & Rinsed
1 Can Corn, Drained
Optional Garnish: Lime Wedges
1. Chop and dice Romaine Lettuce, Bell Pepper, Avocado, & Cilantro. Slice Cherry Tomatoes into halves.
2. Combine all above ingredients in a large bowl (keep a bit of chopped cilantro set aside to sprinkle atop as a garnish, if you like). Add the drained & rinsed can of Black Beans, as well as the drained can of Corn.
3. Toss with dressing below.
4. Garnish with lime and chopped cilantro.
5. Serve with tortilla chips
(Seriously, that’s it–super easy, right?!)
CALAMANSI SPIKED AVOCADO DRESSING
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
1/4 Cup Sun Tropics Calamansi Lime Nectar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Minced, Raw Garlic
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro (don’t worry about stems–It’s all going in the food processor)
1/4 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin
Dash Salt (to taste)
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until liquid. Taste. Feel free to modify according to your taste (if you love lime, add a little more lime juice; if you’re a garlic lover, go big on the garlic–there are no rules in our kitchens!)
2. You will likely have extra dressing. Using salad tongs, toss the Fiesta Salad with 1/4 cup of your fancy-delicious homemade Calamansi Spiked Avocado Yogurt Dressing to start. If you would like your salad more heavily dressed, add a bit more. *We also like to serve the extra dressing on the table as a dip for the tortilla chips!
3. Eat a few bites.
4. Take a mid-meal break for salsa dancing!