Thursday, June 5, 2008

Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey- Lime Dressing

Mexican food is on our menu at least once a week... and mostly a couple of times including a trip through one of our awesome fast-food Mexican shacks sometime during the week. Our local fish taco place has "Fish Taco Tuesdays" (fish tacos for $1), so we take them up on that once in a while. But I do prefer to make my own.

I find it tough to locate Mexican-style side dishes that aren't starchy (rice), heavy (beans), or fattening (quesadillas.) Since many Mexican main dishes tend to be starchy, heavy and fattening themselves, it's refreshing to have something light to serve alongside.


This Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing was the choice to accompany our healthy fish tacos. I crave salads that are full of really fresh vegetables. We're darn lucky that we live in a heavenly place where Farmer's Markets are abundant year round. I don't know what I'd do if I lived in... Montana? Maine? Alaska? I'd miss my access to year-round fresh veggies immensely.


This salad is smack-full of good stuff... black beans, tomato, jicama, corn, radishes, avocado, red bells and reduced-fat feta cheese. You could certainly sub Cotija (Mexican) cheese for the feta if you'd like... but it will be a little more fattening. The whole she-bang is tossed in a really light honey-lime dressing. Two giant thumbs up from the adults in the family, and one adamant "yuck" from the kiddo. But don't worry... he won't eat any kind of salad. I'm still trying. One of these days he's going to love it, right?

This recipe can be found HERE.

29 comments:

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

We had such rich food the last couple of nights, maybe tonight we can just have grilled fish and this salad.Thx for the inspiration

Parker said...

You do not have to convince me that this is a great salad. I love all these ingredients, particlarly feta and black beans. Looks great.

Mary Coleman said...

Brilliant! I can't wait to make this one!

LyB said...

The adamant kiddo "yuck" made me laugh! I usually get that reaction from my kids too, but my 7 year old daughter is slowly getting into salads, provided it's the right kind of lettuce, dressing, etc. She would like this, adapted to her tastes of course, I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing. :)

Peter M said...

Nice, ya got some jicama in there...nice crispness.

You what we get up here on Tuesdays? Freakin' Taco Bell! GRR!!!

Janna said...

I am going to make this STAT!
This looks wonderful!
I am adding you to my "fellow foodies" list on my blog!

Prudy said...

Oooh yummy, I make one very similar with some brown rice thrown in. My mom just requested it last night. She's recovering from surgery so I must indulge her!

Manggy said...

Oh yum!! I've wanted to make a chopped salad soo similar to this for quite sometime now but I'm just so lazy to go through the grocery list, haha!

Oh, the young one doesn't know what he's missing!! :P

dobetter said...

That is my kind of salad! Looks great. Love that first photo!

Steph said...

Yum. I'm really into salads right now. It doesn't happen very often, so I have to enjoy it while it lasts. The salad looks great!

Grace said...

this is exactly my kind of salad. seriously. exactly. the flavors are perfect and it's quite attractive. when i make a salad like this, i try to take at least five seconds to appreciate its beauty before tearing into it like a starving coyote. :)

CookiePie said...

I wtting here wondering what to have for lunch - your lovely salad inspired me! Thanks!

Deborah said...

Or Utah. No fresh local fruits and veggies here year-round! But this salad looks so good and refreshing, I could just eat it for dinner and be happy!

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

I love this.......it looks incredible and I MUST make it.

Lisa said...

This looks so summerish (is that a word:) It is a great mexican food side dish!

Erinn said...

I whipped up something similar just the other night, you're looks light and refreshing and so yummy. I think jicama is under-rated. It really adds a nice chunch to a dish! I would like to try that dressing though, it sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Half Baked said...

Your salad looks grat. So fresh and healthy and honey lime dressing sound super!

the southern hostess said...

Sounds and looks so fresh and summery!

Tanya said...

I have to make this. It looks so fresh and delicious!

Laura said...

Yum another one for my current salad obsession. It looks awesome.

familiabencomo said...

This is SOOO me right now! God bless you - I have 6 days to lose 10 lbs & I need all the help I can get. Plus, it looks tasty & I hate to suffer while dieting.

xoxo Amy

Kristen said...

This salad looks amazing! Bookmarking for a future try!

VeggieGirl said...

Wow, that salad definitely IS "smack-full of good stuff" - hooray for fresh, colorful produce and other ingredients!! And don't worry, "the kiddo" WILL come around to liking that salad, once he realizes just how delicious it really is :0)

HoneyB said...

looks awesomely delicious!

Ann said...

Well, I know I would love it!

Jenny said...

Looks like a perfect summer salad! Beautiful!

noble pig said...

Oh this looks perfect! I love all these ingredients and it's light...yahoo!

Elle said...

I'm definitely going to have to try this for the summer. It's so colorful and the dressing sounds amazing!

Rosie said...

Just brilliant - looking forward to trying this out :)

Rosie x