8.01.2012

Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Just look at all those gorgeous colors and flavors! I love me some southwestern food, but with the addition of all these extra toppings on the dish, there's no way it couldn't be a perfect salad for lunch/dinner yesterday. 

I'm kind of a strange breed when it comes to salad. As I've mentioned before, I usually eat my salads dry as a bone. But ever since I started making my own homemade salad dressing/vinaigrette, I've fallen in love with that little drizzle of goodness. The toppings are a love of mine as well. If I happen to be at some kind of a salad bar at a restaurant (doesn't happen often, of course) you'll probably find my plate with a pile of toppings on a small layer of salad leaves. Strange. I know. But it's just how I roll. My favorite part of this salad was the flavor of the feta against the different ingredients. We don't usually buy feta, and it's a shame. It tastes heavenly on a salad (thanks Cafe Rio for the idea, of course). 

Ryan gobbled up the salad, but said it needed a slab of meat/chicken (surprise, surprise). Maybe some bacon? That said, he mentioned between bites that the salad was very delicious for chick food.

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Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

Salad:
Romaine Hearts, trimmed and chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
1 avocado, sliced into chunks
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 ears of corn, boiled and kernels removed
a few cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 T feta cheese
2 green onions, trimmed and chopped
1/8 C cilantro, stems removed
1 handful tortilla strips (I sliced up 1 tortilla into strips, and fried them in oil until crispy)

Vinaigrette:
1/2 C chopped cilantro
1/4 C olive oil
1/2 T fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 t oregano
1 T red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
For salad, in a very large serving bowl (think popcorn bowl), add chopped romaine, tomatoes, green onions, avocado, bell pepper, black beans, corn, tortilla strips and feta cheese. Top with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, or serve on the side.

For vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a mini-food processor. Let sit for about 20 minutes before using (the flavors need to marinate). Enjoy! 

Recipe adapted from: For the Love of Cooking
linking up here.

14 comments:

  1. Hey there... I want to let you know that I am awarding you the Sunshine Award. I love your site! You have beautiful pictures of yummy food.

    http://pintsizedbaker.blogspot.com/2012/08/sunshine-award-thank-you.html

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  2. This is a perfect salad! I love all the color and crunch, two things very important for me in making food more appealing.

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  3. I love any sort of south western salad, but this looks wonderful! Oh yum! The vinaigrette is perfect!

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  4. Yum!! I love southwestern salad. That's always my salad of choice when I go out to eat. (I mean when I DO get a salad, because let's face it, it's hard to be that healthy when a big, fat, steak is staring at you from the menu.) I'm excited to make this! :)

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  5. Sounds like a fantastic summertime dinner! Yum, Yum! :D ~Amber of WhatAmberLoves.com

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  6. I'm a big fan of cilantro so I'll definitely need to try this one very soon!

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  7. This looks so good! I am a new follower on GFC. Patsy

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  8. This looks so refreshing. I need more recipes to use the fresh cilantro I have in my garden. This is perfect.

    If you get a chance come link up this recipe at my Pin Party

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/08/pintastic-monday-link-party-3.html

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  9. I am addicted to cilantro, and really can't get enough. This recipes sound so delish, and I will be trying out. The cilantro dressing sounds yummy! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

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  10. Stopping by from Trick or Treat Tuesday!

    What a fantastic salad! I love the Southwestern flavours and the vibrant colours! The dressing looks especially delicious! Yum!

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  11. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  12. I am salivating at the thought of this dressing...Your photo is stunning to boot. I featured your salad tonight at Creative Juice Thursday.

    I'll also be pinning, facebooking, and tweeting this post as well. Thanks for sharing last week.

    Take care,
    Nicolette

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  13. This looks delicious-I'm for sure going to whip this up in the near future!! Loving your blog & recipes!! Xo
    megthecoolgirl.blogspot.com

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  14. Ooooh. I love cilantro AND lime, so I'll be right over for a bite!

    Warmly, Michelle

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