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chopped salad in a white bowl with serving spoons

Fiesta Chopped Salad

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This fresh, delicious, and super healthy salad (or is it salsa?) works as a light lunch, side dish, appetizer, or snack anytime. Make this on the weekend and eat on it throughout the week. Eat on its own or scoop it with tortilla chips or crackers.


Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 can corn, drained (or use 1 cup of fresh corn cut off the cob)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, minced (sub: fresh parsley)

Dressing:

  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (sub: avocado oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Optional Add-Ins:

  • hot sauce, to taste (optional)
  • 12 avocados, diced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Stir together the the peppers, onion, tomatoes, corn, beans, and cilantro in a large serving bowl.
  2. In a mason jar with a lid, add the lime zest, lime juice, oil, garlic, honey, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Shake until combined.
  3. Pour 3/4th of the dressing over the salad and stir, reserving the rest for later if needed. Cover the salad and extra dressing and store in the fridge until ready to use, up to a day in advance. Let the chopped salad marinate for at least 20-30 minutes ahead of time before serving to give the flavors a chance to marry together.
  4. Right before serving, stir in the avocado (so it doesn’t get brown and mushy ahead of time). Taste and season with more salt, pepper, hot sauce, and dressing as needed.

Notes

  • Cover and store in the fridge for about 3 days or so.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or sturdy crackers.