Recipe: A Healthy Take on Mexican Salad

I’m always drawn to Mexican salads when I see them on menus at restaurants. In concept, they can be really healthy. What’s not to love about tomatoes, avocado, and black beans? But somehow, these salads always seem to be ruined by excessive amounts of dressing, cheese, and tortilla chips (or worse yet, an entire tortilla bowl).

Lately I’ve been making my own version of this salad, but with a much healthier spin on it. Instead of starting with plain old romaine, I use thinly sliced kale. I then top it with all my favorites – the tomatoes, avocado, and black beans, plus a small amount of feta or ricotta salata and a simple balsamic dressing. It’s perfect to go along with a hot summer lunch. Feel free to take liberties with this recipe; it would be great with freshly cooked corn and caramelized onions, too.’m always drawn to Mexican salads when I see them on menus at restaurants. In concept, they can be really healthy. What’s not to love about tomatoes, avocado, and black beans? But somehow, these salads always seem to be ruined by excessive amounts of dressing, cheese, and tortilla chips (or worse yet, an entire tortilla bowl).

Mexican Salad with Kale and Heirloom Tomatoes
(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw kale, washed, dried, and thinly sliced
  • 8 oz canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped tomato (I like to use heirloom cherry tomatoes and halve or quarter them)
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta or ricotta salata, crumbled
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • a splash of balsamic vinegar (or another simple dressing of your choice)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place your kale on a serving platter, or divide it onto two plates if you prefer to have each person’s portion plated separately.
  2. Sprinkle the black beans on top of the kale. Add the tomatoes, avocado, and cheese.
  3. Drizzle the salad with balsamic vinegar or your choice of dressing and squeeze lime juice over it. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Enjoy!
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One Response to Recipe: A Healthy Take on Mexican Salad

  1. I am a fan of all sorts of salads. And you are right. What’s not to love fresh seasonal tomatoes, avocado and beans! This looks delicious and healthy indeed.

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