Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

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Mexican Chopped Salad with Lime Vinaigrette packed with black beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes, mango, jicama, and a delicious honey lime dressing. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

347 CALORIES 43g CARBS 19g FAT 10g PROTEIN
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Mexican Chopped Salad is the perfect meal sized salad filled with all your favorites - black beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes, mango, jicama, cilantro, red onion, queso fresco, and a quick and easy honey lime dressing you will want to put on everything.

Although this summer has been filled with far too many ice cream cones, I am happy to report that it has been equally filled with lots of salad. We have been eating it as a side dish pretty much every night with dinner and I've been eating lots of kitchen sink salads for lunch filled with whatever we have in the fridge. It's a great way to use up leftovers and also makes me feel less guilty about all those summer ice cream cones. 

One of those salads inspired this Mexican Salad that is my version of chopped salad with Mexican inspired ingredients. I was finishing up lots of odds and ends from tacos the night before and fell in love with this simple salad. Between the sweet mango, crunchy jicama, creamy avocado, and all your standard items - black beans, corn, cilantro, and onion - it's a salad that is hearty enough to be a meal and will have you going back for more and more. Plus I haven't even got to the simple honey lime salad dressing. It's just the right balance of tangy and sweet. You will find yourself making it for everything.

What to Serve with a Mexican Chopped Salad

Although this salad is hearty enough to be a meal all on its own, you can also add protein to bulk things up. It can either go right on top of the salad or you could serve it on the side.

  • Add some spice with this easy Blackened Salmon.
  • Make this delicious grilled chicken taco meat. Serve it on the salad or serve the salad on the side of these yummy tacos.
  • Carne asada is another delicious Mexican dish that pairs great with this Mexican salad.
  • For a vegetarian option, make this Grilled Cilantro Lime Tofu.
  • For an easy option, serve this with a rotisserie chicken.
  • You could also serve this on a bed of brown rice or quinoa for a light and healthy rice bowl.

Tips for Making Mexican Chopped Salad

  • Pretty much any veggies are fair game in this salad. Add some chopped bell peppers, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, or any other favorites. Same goes for fruit. Although I am partial to mango and jicama, this salad tastes great with pineapple as well.
  • If you want to pack in some extra protein, consider adding cooked chicken, ground turkey, steak, or shrimp to the salad. You could also add some canned pinto beans or a veggie burger for a meatless option.
  • If you can find queso fresco at your grocery store, it's the perfect cheese for this salad. If not you can use any soft or shredded cheese you like.
  • Although I am partial to the crunch of Romaine, you could make this with any salad green. Try butter lettuce, arugula, or massaged kale.
  • Many Mexican salads include a drizzle of cream. Look for a Mexcian crema, which is basically a pourable sour cream, and pour some on top.
  • Make this spicy with the addition on some chopped jalapenos. You could also add some jalapeno, chili powder, or chipotle peppers to the dressing.

How to Make Mexican Salad Dressing

There are so many different ways you can make a Mexican salad dressing. I am going to share a basic recipe for a honey lime vinaigrette and then a few different ways to customize it for any type of Mexican salad you could want. Consider doubling it to have in the fridge all week for salads and bowls.

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Directions: Mix everything together until well combined. Taste and season as needed.
  • Make it creamy: Add everything to a blender along with half an avocado or some sour cream.
  • Add cilantro: Blend in some cilantro to brighten up the dressing.
  • Make it spicy: Make the dressing in a blender with some fresh jalapeno or chipotle peppers. You can also use chili powder if you don't want to blend it.
  • Do it all: Add the avocado, cilantro, and chipotle pepper. You may need some extra oil or water for this option. It's so good! 

Looking for more healthy salads:

Here are some tools I used when preparing this recipe:

  • Salad bowls: When I am making a salad for a quick meal at home, I usually reach for these simple glass bowls for both making the salad and serving it. I love that they come with an optional lid so I can just toss the leftovers in the fridge after the meal. For fancier meals or when we have friends over, this is my go-to salad bowl.
  • I make a ton of homemade salad dressing and usually make enough to have for salads throughout the week. I love using this dressing container to both make the dressing (easy to read measurements right on the container) and store dressing.

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The Recipe

Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 15 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 6 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1 U avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup jicama, chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper

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Instructions

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1

Mix together the lime juice, olive oil, honey, cumin, salt, and pepper to make the honey lime dressing.

2

Toss together all the ingredients with the dressing or arrange in a bowl and drizzle dressing on top.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347
Calories from Fat 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 368mg
16%
Total Carbohydrate 43g
14%
Dietary Fiber 12g
43%
Sugars 19g
Protein 10g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Mexican salad with lettuce, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado queso fresco, and lime dressing.
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