With the hot days of summer still with us, we often look for food that is refreshing. We so often turn to salads because they are light, easy to prepare and most of all refreshing
This particular Mexican Salad fits the bill and has become a new family favourite.
Mexican Salad will keep for several days in the fridge but it also makes an amazing Mexican Frittata. Just beat up 4 eggs with a little salt and pepper and add to the leftover salad in a pan. Add a little cheese to the top and finish off in the oven. Delicious!
4 ears corn , husks and silks removed (about 3 cups) See note
1 small green bell pepper , diced
1 small yellow bell pepper , diced
2 cans black beans , rinsed and drained
2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved
1 small red onion , diced (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 avocados , peeled and cubed (*optional)
1/4 cup coriander, chopped
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1 batch of honey lime dressing
Grill corn and remove corn niblets when cool enough
OR grill frozen corn niblets in a pan. Set aside to cool
Place in a large bowl
Wash beans and set aside to drain
Finely chop peppers, onion and celery. Add to bowl
Add drained beans to bowl
Slice tomatoes in halves. Add to bowl
Chop coriander. Add to bowl
Refrigerate till required
When ready to serve
Lay spinach leaves on bottom of serving bowl or platter
Add chopped avocado if using
Dress with honey lime dressing
Garnish with coriander
Honey Lime Dressing
Ingredients 1/2 cup lime juice
3 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper
Salt and pepper
1. Mix everything together until well combined.
2. Taste and season as needed.
3. I made exactly as above and it was light and refreshing
Make it creamy: Add everything to a blender with half an avocado or some sour cream.
Add coriander: Blend in some cilantro to brighten up the dressing.
Make it spicy: Make the dressing in a blender with some fresh jalapeno or chipotle peppers. You can also use chili powder if you don't want to blend it.
Do it all: Add the avocado, cilantro, and chipotle pepper. You may need some extra oil or water for this option. It's so good! Note:
1. Use 3 cups of frozen sweet corn if you want to to make things quick and easy
2. Beans. You can mix the beans. 1 can black beans and 1 can cannellini beans
3. You can use this salad as a dip with corn chips if desired
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