Mexican Chopped Salad with Toasted Almonds And Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

Take a trip south of the border with this Mexican Chopped Salad. Ole!

Ingredients

2 medium ears fresh corn, with corn cut from cob and cobs discarded

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce

½ cup halved cherry tomatoes

½ cup chopped watercress, stems removed

½ cup whole blanched or whole natural almonds, toasted

¼ cup diced chayote or jicama

¼ cup black beans, cooked and rinsed

Salt and pepper to taste

Cumin-lime vinaigrette (recipe below)

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Tortilla strips for garnish (optional)*

 CUMIN-LIME VINAIGRETTE:

1 medium-size tomato, roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cloves roasted garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

In a nonstick skillet over high heat, cook corn until slightly blackened, 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, gently toss together corn and all ingredients except cheese and tortilla strips.  Top with cheese then tortillas and serve immediately.

FOR VINAIGRETTE:

Add tomatoes, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper to blender and turn on high speed.   When pureed and still running add lime juice and oil. Serve. 

*To make tortilla strips at home, spray corn tortillas with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.  Cut tortilla into thin strips using a pizza cutter and bake at 350°F for about 12 minutes, or until slightly browned and crisp.

Mexican Chopped Salad with Toasted Almonds And Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

Nutritional Information

Based on 4 servings.

Per serving:

Calories

316

Total Fat

22g

Saturated Fat  

3.5g

Monounsaturated Fat

14g

Polyunsaturated Fat

4g

Cholesterol

8mg

Sodium

313mg

Carbohydrates

26g

Dietary Fiber      

6g

Protein

9g

Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette Per serving:

Calories

99

Total Fat

10g

Saturated Fat  

1.5g

Monounsaturated Fat

7g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1g

Cholesterol

0mg

Sodium

41mg

Carbohydrates

2g

Dietary Fiber      

0g

Protein

0g