Monday, July 16, 2012

Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Jalapeno Vinaigrette

It’s SO. DAGGUM. HOT. Summer is officially here. Okay, so it was already officially summer a few weeks ago… well now it’s like OFFICIALLY Official! Ya, it’s a thing. 😉

Anyways, I’m WAY too young to be feeling menopausal with all the hot flashes happening up in here! I’m fairly certain our AC is about to seize up from over-usage!

Confession: We’ve been keeping our air at 71 when we sleep. Yes, Seventy-flipping-one DEGREES… and it’s STILL not cold enough! I have issues. For. Real.

As you know, last week I was able to visit the BEAUTIFUL Carmel California (le sigh. I miss it already!) courtesy of Dole! I attended their Salad’tude event where we talked salad, salad, and you guessed it… SALAD! 😉

One of the days while we were there, they sent all of us bloggers into a fully stocked kitchen (a la Chopped style) & had us running around like mad women to create a unique salad to present to the group! Ya, I realized that I NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER want to be on Chopped. Talk about major anxiety under that kind of pressure! hah No thank you.

The salad I created for the group turned out something like this:

Mixed Greens, Roasted Corn, black beans, tomatoes, mangoes, and a Garlicky Cilantro Jalapeno Vinaigrette. Hello all of my favorite flavors in one bowl!  

I am ALL ABOUT SALAD these days. It’s so blistering hot that all I want is a cool crisp salad and a tall glass of iced tea. This salad fits the bill… Hits the spot… Floats my boat… & Rocks my world. Enjoy! Ooo & if you want to get all fancy schmancy, add this Sweet Potato Crusted Fish on top! Swoon.

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Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Jalapeno Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 large servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes (for the corn)

Total Time: 20-25 minutes

A simple salad with the Southwestern flair everyone loves!


For the Dressing:
1 cup cilantro
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

For the Salad:
2 bags Mixed Greens
15.25 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 ears of corn, grilled or oven roasted and cut off the cob
1 mango, peeled pitted and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 scallions, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped


For the Dressing:
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until combined. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Salad:
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and gently toss with salad dressing and serve. Great with grilled fish or even barbecue chicken on top. Additional mix in ideas: Avocado, goat cheese, etc...

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18 Responses to “Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Jalapeno Vinaigrette”

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 16, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    You need to stop traveling so I’m no longer taunted by far off beautiful places! And seriously… we’re the same. 71 degrees and not cold enough! In the winter that’s not nearly warm enough. Go figure.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 16, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    I love all these fresh summer flavors! This is my kind of salad for these hot Texas days, and oh my god I don’t blame you for sleeping in 71 degrees – we do the same! Anyway, great recipe Tina! Loved reading about your trip to Carmel, too. SWOON.

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — July 16, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    Yum!! I love all your “southwestern” recipes… I have a sneaking suspicion that we have similar jalapeno-cilantro-lime-blackbean-loving taste buds!!

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    Shawnda — July 16, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I love the flavors here! I can’t make the other two people in this house eat salad. It makes me sad.

    Don’t hate me, but we rock a steamy 75 degrees at night here 😛

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    Jessica — July 16, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    That Jalapeno dressing is to.die.for. YUM!

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    Kristina — July 16, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    all the talk about that trip sound so fun 🙂 we are finally having a summer here in Portland, but not as hot as you I’m sure… we still get cool in the evenings, which makes for comfortable sleeping (sorry) 😀

    and this salad looks great – fresh and perfect for summer.

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    Debbie — July 17, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    Wow! I am so impressed by this recipe you created under pressure…I can picture you on Chopped…I think you would be great!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 17, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I just love this kind of salad, it is my favorite!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mom — July 17, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Debbie – I can picture her on chopped too! And we would be there cheering her on :))

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — July 17, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Oh how I love salads, and this look looks perfect to me. What a beautiful, delicious creation.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 17, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    What a beautiful salad! I love the sound of that vinaigrette!

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    Pam — July 17, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Debbie & Mom, she would be great on chopped. I love that show…and I love her. How can we make it happen?

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    Natalie Boenker — July 17, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    This looks delicious! What could I sub for mango as I’m not a huge fan…thanks!

    • Tina replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

      you could leave it out or substitute another fruit (peach, pineapple, etc…) 🙂

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    Kerry — February 5, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Applebee’s has an identical salad on their menu and it’s delicious! Will try this with an addition of crunchy tortilla strips!

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