Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Southwestern Salad w/ Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

sw salad

I love the Southwest, and this salad reminds of its flavors.

This is an easy salad that you can layer in a glass trifle bowl if you have one, or line up the ingredients in a row, like I did.

The cilantro lime vinaigrette is drizzled on at the end.

We loved this dressing, and I will be using it for other salads during the warmer months ahead.

No rules to this salad, I used what I had on hand.

Southwestern Salad:

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bag of frozen corn, defrosted
1 red onion, chopped
1 lb. cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced

You can use different beans or other colored peppers, green onions are also a good idea.

Using the biggest platter that you have, line up salad ingredients in rows or mix all together in a large salad bowl.



Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette: (adapted from Eating Well)

1 cup packed cilantro
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
zest of a lime
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of minced garlic (I used half of a clove)

Puree cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, salt, pepper and garlic in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and toss just before serving.



Enjoy!








15 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

That looks so pretty. Love the presentation.

kat said...

It does look so pretty all laid out like that

elra said...

Delicious dressing Stacey, perfect salad for weather like CA that sometimes it gets hot even in Spring.

Dana said...
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Pam said...

What a fantastic salad, I am loving the vinaigrette.

Bob said...

I love the way you lay out your salads, it just looks so cool. That dressing sounds wicked good too, I love cilantro.

Kathleen said...

Stacey this salad looks like a beautiful painting. It sounds delicious too!

Giff said...

I wouldn't have thought to use orange juice in the dressing. will have to try that!

Kate said...

Oh, this salad speaks to me!! We will so love this during the warm days ahead! But, why wait? I am gong to put it together this weekend. The salad dressing sounds perfect.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful salad, so fresh makes me want spring to hurry up!! The dressing sounds so refreshing! YUm!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love everything about this, especially the dressing, and I have a triffle bowl that I hardly ever use, I could see it layered all pretty in there.

lisa said...

I really think I could enjoy these flavors every single day. Great salad and dressing!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Fell in love with this photo on your FB. These flavor combos are always a winner.

Sandi said...

this salad looks great!!!

Culinary Cory said...

I've been on a salad kick lately. I really like the cilantro lime dressing. Such a great recipe.