Monday, January 24, 2011
My Salad Quest
Right now, I am on a quest to find good and varied salad recipes. I think many times we don't eat salads every day because we fix the same one over and over, and grow tired of it. There are many kinds of salads, and as I'm finding out, many healthy salad dressing alternatives. As I find them and test them, I will be sharing them!
The first thing I want to share is not a lettuce-based salad, but something you can mix together and serve on top of any base salad. I made this a few days ago, and we all love it. There are many variations of this recipe on the internet, many that include avocado. I love avocado, but want something that will keep well in the fridge for several days to use on top of salads. (Avocado turns dark quickly.) I found this recipe on a Kroger flyer. If you like the sound of it, give it a try!
1 can corn, drained (I used white corn - our favorite)
1 can black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed (some recipes use black beans)
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & minced
1 medium tomato, diced (I used two)
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup bottled Italian dressing (or mix your own olive oil & vinegar & spices)
1 T. minced cilantro (we like much more!)
2 t. fresh lime juice
salt & pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and chill for at least one hour. Stir and add any additional spices, to taste. Note: I don't measure ingredients... I just throw them in until it looks right :) You could also eat this like a salsa, with tortilla chips.
Try this on top of mixed greens, with a handful of crushed tortilla chips, a little extra Italian dressing and a drizzling of ranch dressing too. If you want, add some fresh cut avocado. Yum.
Do you have a favorite salad or dressing recipe you would like to share? If so, please do!
More salads & dressings to come!