spicy fiesta salad | iloveorganicgirl

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spicy fiesta salad

¡vamos a comer! this colorful salad is filled with bright sunny flavors of Latin America. fresh corn and vitamin-rich tomatoes team up with protein-rich black beans and heart-healthy avocados. we've added toasted pumpkin seeds, jicama and tortilla strips for a welcome crunch. we tie it all together with a spicy cumin and lime vinaigrette. top it with tangy queso fresco to make it a fiesta!


prep time: 10 minutes | cook time: 20 minutes

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ingredients

4 servings

5 oz organicgirlⓇ true hearts romaine
2 ears of corn on the cob, shucked
2 cup black beans, cooked or canned
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 medium avocado, cubed
1/2 cup jicama cubes
1/4 pound queso fresco, crumbled (can omit or substitute feta)
2 ounces tortilla strips, homemade or store-bought
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted

for the dressing:
1/2 jalapeño chili, seeded and finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
salt to taste

substitutions

substitute with little gems



directions

1. combine all of the dressing ingredients and whisk to combine. set aside.

2. bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the corn cobs for two minutes.

3. drain and refresh under cool water. using a paring knife, remove the corn kernels from the cob into a large mixing bowl.

4. add the black beans, tomatoes, avocado and jicama, along with the dressing. gently toss to coat completely.

5. arrange the romaine leaves on a large platter and top with the corn and bean mixture. finish with the tortilla strips, pepitas and queso fresco, if using.

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