Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mexican Salad and 10 Best Summer Salad Recipes

This healthy Mexican salad is packed with flavor and crunch. With beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, and more, it's like a burrito - salad hybrid. And it's delicious. 
I know. I know. A lot of salad recipes lately, right? I promise to share something sweet next. But... 

This is it. The salad I cannot stop eating. I have made it three times in the past few weeks. There are salads that you eat delicately, piece by piece. And then there are salads you just shovel in - this one is the latter and I love that about it. It's hearty and fresh and sweet and crunchy all at the same time. The kids also love this one because everything is already bite-sized and the beans and avocado make it guacamole-ish. And who doesn't love something guacamoleish?! I brought this Mexican Salad to two separate Fiesta parties last week and they were a huge hit with all our friends. 

This salad makes and excellent side dish, or a main dinner salad. Especially when served over quinoa or with a sprinkle of cheese over the top. We loved this with feta cheese crumbled over the top! 

 Continue reading for the Mexican Salad recipe and 10 more amazing summer salad recipes! 

Mexican Salad Recipe 

This salad can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead and stored in the refrigerator, with the avocado and dressing left off until just before serving. 

Yield: Serves 4-6 

  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce, chopped 
  • 3/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped 
  • 1 large or 2 small ears corn, kernels sliced off 
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes 
  • 1/2 cup sliced Persian cucumber  
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced 
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons honey, agave, or orange juice 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced cilantro 
  1. Place the lettuce in a large salad bowl. Top with tomatoes, beans, pepper, corn kernels, radishes, cucumber, and avocado. 
  2. Add lime juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, and cilantro to a small jar. Close the lid and shake to combine. Alternatively, whisk together in a small bowl. 
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve. 
adapted from Self Magazine

10 Best Summer Salad Recipes 

Mexican Salad (this post, Silly!) 
Melon and Prosciutto Salad (sub Feta if vegetarian)


  1. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Tnese recipes look fab, I've gotten bored lately with the same old salads, so glad to have fresh ideas. Love your ingredients, will try the Mexican salad tomorrow!
    Yiur fan from the Uk.

  2. Marina,
    The Mexican salad is on my list to prepare when my DIL and our granddaughter come for a visit next week. Thanks, they all look delicious.

  3. Anonymous11:36 AM

    This looks so refreshing Marina!
    I have your cookbook and it never leaves my kitchen island! I absolutely adore it.

  4. I would be eating this salad nonstop too, love!

  5. LOVe love and more love of this salad! Perfect for my dinner party in two weeks! And, we love the variety of salads you offer as well! Have a great evening!

  6. I do love a good summer salad. Thanks for the recipes!

  7. I made this salad for dinner the other night, adding some farro to make it more substantial and skipping the cucumber since I forgot to pick one up at the market. Absolutely delicious! Definitely adding this to my summer salad rotation. Leftovers were used for lunch and mixed in some scrambled eggs for breakfast. :)

  8. I love a salad that you can really sink your teeth into:)

  9. Okay, this salad is right up my yumminess! :)

  10. I am a mexican salad (and food :)) addict. Absolutely delicious

  11. You had me at avocado.

    And your photos? Unreal. Please please teach me your ways!

  12. I could eat this salad for lunch everyday. Looks delicious!

  13. This looks fantastic. I cannot wait to try this salad.

  14. These all looks so mouth-watering. I am still thinking which one to try first.


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