Saturday, March 21, 2015

Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

Salad Ingredients:
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 can black beans
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
2 cooked skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onion

Assemble salad.

Avocado Lime Dressing:
2 medium sized avocados
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup packed cilantro
2 T apple cider or white wine vinegar
Juice from two limes
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T honey
1/4 cup water (as needed)

Place all ingredients, except water,  into food processor or blender.  Mix all ingredients on high until fully blended.  You may need to remove the lid and scrape sides a few times as the cilantro will tend to stick on the sides of the blender or food processor.  Add a little water at a time to get to the consistency you like.

Toss salad with dressing and serve.  Other toppings or ingredients to consider; red onion, tortilla strips, red or green bell pepper, olives, jalapeƱo, pepperoncini.  Be creative and make this to fit your tastes. In the summer, I would use fresh corn on the cob and grill it first for a nice roasted flavor. 

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