Anita's Fabulous Southwestern Garden Salad
This salad is FABULOUS!"Made this last night and it was fantastic. No changes to recipe..the only thing I will do differently next time is to drain AND rinse the black beans. They turned my chicken and corn grey. Def in my rotation, especially for hot Texas summers..." - Thekidsmom1224
Yield: 4 Ready in 45 minutes
favorite of 230 people 122 people want to try
|1 packageSalad greens; 8 cups mixed lettuce|
|2 TablespoonCilantro; fresh, minced|
|3 eachTomatoes; diced|
|1 15-oz canBlack beans; drained|
|1 15-oz canCorn; drained|
|1 cupTortilla chips; crushed|
|1 1/2 cupsCheddar cheese; shredded|
|1 pinchSalt; to taste|
|1 pinchBlack pepper; to taste|
|2 cupsChicken; cooked, diced (optional)|
|1 cupraspberry walnut vinaigrette dressing; Ken's Steakhouse Lite|
|1 8-oz packageGuacamole|
Anita's Fabulous Southwestern Garden Salad Preparation
Wash salad greens and place in a large bowl. Dice tomatoes and add to salad greens. Salt and pepper to taste.
Drain the black beans and corn. Add both to salad greens.
Add the shredded cheese. Mix well.
I make the salad both with or without the chicken. It's fabulous either
Crush the tortilla chips and set aside. You add these to the salad
immediately before serving so that they stay crisp.
To make the dressing - get a small bowl and add the Raspberry Vinaigrette, honey and guacamole -- mix well and pour on the salad mixture when ready to serve.
I came up with this recipe after eating at Chile's Restaurant and ordering their Quesadilla Explosion Salad. We absolutely fell in love with it. This salad is my version of Chile's Salad -- my family tells me that it's actually better, although I'm not sure that's true, I do believe it's just as good.
I believe the salad dressing is one of the main ingredients that makes this salad special.
I buy Ken's Lite Steakhouse Salad dressing (Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette) at Wal-Mart and I also buy the AvoClassic Guacamole at Wal-Mart too. You can find it in the produce section, usually next to bagged salad greens and fresh packages of herbs.
The raspberry dressing is well impossible to get down here in South Africa, but I do my best on substitutes. I make this salad often, whenever I have friends over for a braai (barbeque) which is a common weekend occurance. Its always divine.
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