Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mexican Chopped Salad #CincoDeMayo

Romaine, tomatoes, corn, beans and peppers dressed in a light vinaigrette flavored with honey and cumin, this chopped salad filled with Mexican flavors is the perfect side dish at your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.  

Mexican Chopped Salad

The Festive Foodies are here to help you plan your Fiests coming up in a short while.......

Liz of Books n' Cooks invited us to join her in getting ready to celebrate the upcoming Cinco de Mayo where we all turn a little Mexican for the day......

  • Beef Tamales in the Pressure Cooker by That Recipe
  • Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza by Making Miracles
  • Instant Pot Black Beans by Devour Dinner
  • Key Lime Margaritas by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
  • Mexican Chopped Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Queso with Chorizo by Books n' Cooks
  • Quinoa Burrito Bowl by Magical Ingredients
  • Tacos Dorados by Palatable Pastime
  • The Best Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce by Blogghetti

  • Mexican Chopped Salad

    Around this house we don't wait until Cinco de Mayo to enjoy Mexican food and flavors.  We enjoy Mexican Mondays and Taco Tuesdays several times a month.  My husbands birthday is on Cinco de Quatro so we often combine that celebration with the fiesta. 

    We enjoy Mexican in casseroles, like this Mexican Shrimp Casserole or this one starting with leftover chicken.  I make Mexican Burgers, Mexican Soup, and Mexican Cookies.  And of course there are tacos galore like these Taco Crepes, Tuna Tacos, and even Taco PocketsChicken Enchiladas are the Teen's favorite dinner while Fajitas are my husbands and I am in love with Carnitas.

    Beef Barbacoa Tacos

    And while many of these dishes are complete meals in and of themselves sometimes it is nice to have sides.  We all enjoy refried beans and rice with our Mexican dishes but sometimes you want something a little lighter.  So for this Fiesta I decided to bring a salad.  This salad is hearty enough to be a main course if there are vegetarians present but it is also a great side dish.  I served them up with some Beef Barbacoa Tacos that I will be sharing with you very soon.

    Mexican Chopped Salad pin

    This salad is easily adaptable to whatever you have available in your refrigerator and to your taste.  I would have added some avocado but I didn't have any on hand.  If you have leftover chicken or shrimp, toss it in and make a meal.  

    Salad, Sides, Mexican, Chopped, Beans, Vegetables, Vegetarian
    Yield: 8 servings
    Author: Wendy Klik
    Mexican Chopped Salad

    Mexican Chopped Salad

    Romaine, tomatoes, corn, beans and peppers dressed in a light vinaigrette flavored with honey and cumin, this chopped salad filled with Mexican flavors is the perfect side dish at your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.
    Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min


    • Juice of 2 limes
    • 2 T. honey
    • 1/2 t. cumin
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 head romaine hearts, chopped
    • 1 bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 red onion, chopped
    • 1 zucchini, quartered and chopped
    • 3-4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
    • 2 c. frozen sweet corn, thawed
    • 1 (15 oz) can three bean mix (black, kidney, pinto)
    • 1 pkg. tortilla strips


    1. Place the lime juice, honey, cumin, garlic, oil, salt and pepper into a jar.  Seal shut and shake until blended. Set aside.
    2. Place the lettuce, pepper, onion, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, tortilla strips and beans into a large bowl.  Add the dressing and toss to coat.  Serve immediately.


    Recipe adapted from one found at The Cafe Sucre Farine



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    1. Salads are a staple here in the summer so this one is going to be saved for sure. I love that dressing!

    2. I love a good chopped salad and that lime dressing is on point!

    3. This salad looks fabulous!! I love loaded salads - and you put some good stuff in there; the dressing mix sounds perfect!

    4. I love making chopped salad. The Mexican types are great with the crunchy tortilla strips. They also have some jalapeno that are like the Durkee onion which are also good. I need to make a chopped salad again soon!

    5. That looks delicious! Corn, tomatoes, peppers, and many beans were enjoyed in pre-conquest Mexico -- though the holiday celebrates a battle in 1862, long after that.

      The whole list is intriguing: many of the offerings from other blogs are seriously North-of-the-Border adaptations of Mexican dishes, showing how much Mexican cuisine has influenced our cooking up here.

      best... mae at

    6. This is a delicious salad! The vinaigrette is is perfect and adds tons of flavors bring out the satisfying Mexican flavors. This is my favorite too!


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