Southwestern Style Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing – ★★★★★

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When I think of a fulfilling meal salad is not the first thing that comes to mind. I am trying to teach my boys healthy eating habits and in order to do that I feel the need to set an example. That is where the idea of salad for dinner was conceived. This recipe blew me away because not only is it healthy but it is filling and delicious too. The vegetables add substance and texture while the dressing provides out-of-this-world flavor. The only thing I might do differently is add a little bit of avocado to the dressing to thicken it up a little bit. I never thought I would want salad for dinner, but I am certainly looking forward to the next time we do. Another great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to throw together. I had everything prepped so when it was time to have dinner I just threw it all together, two nights in a row 🙂  Perry gave five stars and here is why:

“This salad is awesome. It is packed with so many different vegetables that every forkful is different. My favorite part of the salad was the green dressing. If I know Kelsey she put way more garlic then the recipe called for originally and that made it almost a little spicy which is how I like it. I suggested to Kels that she make the dressing again the next time we do tacos, because who doesn’t love a saucy street taco?! Five stars!”

Serves: 4 huge salads     Calories: 326.25 per serving      Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • Bag of 3 hearts of romaine, chopped OR 4-5 cups of romaine lettuce
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can sweet corn kernels, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Santa fe tortilla strips for garnish

For the dressing:

  • 1.5 bunches of cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic (original recipe calls for two but I used four. If you like it spicy use four cloves.)
  • Juice of one lime
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend/pulse until completely combined. Set into refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Assemble the salad with prepped ingredients. Pile lettuce into a bowl or onto a plate. Lay tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, beans and tortilla strips on top. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
  3. Enjoy!

*Dressing recipe adapted from http://www.damndelicious.com

*Photo is an original belonging to me 

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