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Fiesta Salad | A veggie packed Tex-Mex Salad with a honey lime dressing

Tex-Mex Fiesta Salad w/ Honey Lime Dressing

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We invited a group of cardiologists and their wives for dinner a few weeks ago. Beef Barbacoa was on the menu and this vibrant Tex-Mex Fiesta Salad with Honey Lime Dressing was the perfect side dish.

Fiesta Salad | A veggie packed Tex-Mex Salad with a honey lime dressing

Fiesta Salad

Once I settled on some spicy beef for our entree, the rest was easy. I doctored up some packaged rice with Monterey Jack cheese and a can of Rotel tomatoes, baked up some corn muffins and had two desserts in mind. I took the ingredients from my favorite Corn and Black Bean Salad and transformed them into a flavorful tossed green salad. A lime based salad dressing with a generous amount of honey for sweetness and cilantro to provide that Tex-Mex continuity.Fiesta Salad | A veggie packed Tex-Mex Salad with a honey lime dressing

A Home Run

With only a few bites taken, one of our guests mentioned she’d be emailing me for the recipe. Yup, that’s the validation I needed, especially when this wasn’t a tried and true concoction. The amounts listed in the recipe will serve a crowd. Just cut them in half if you’re feeding your family. Add or subtract your favorite ingredients depending on your taste buds. You can’t mess it up! P.S. There were raves over the Beef Barbacoa, too. Find the recipe by clicking the link at the top of this post.

Fiesta Salad | A veggie packed Tex-Mex Salad with a honey lime dressing

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Fiesta Salad

A colorful Tex-Mex salad tossed with a honey-lime vinaigrette.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

Salad::

  • 2 packages of Hearts of Romaine Lettuce (already chopped)
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels or frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch of green onions, sliced thinly (white end and a bit of the green onion)
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1-2 avocados, cut into chunks (cut right before serving)

Salad Dressing::

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place lettuce in a large mixing bowl. Top with all the other ingredients except for avocados.
  2. Make the salad dressing by whisking together lime juice, vinegar, honey, salt, a generous pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, and cilantro. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly.
  3. Add avocados and toss the salad with the dressing to serve.

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17 comments on “Tex-Mex Fiesta Salad w/ Honey Lime Dressing”

  1. Wow I do love your salad and the color reminds me summer time!
    love

  2. Such a lovely and colourful salad!

  3. What a pretty, refreshing and delicious looking fiesta salad. And that honey lime dressing sounds wonderful, Liz.

  4. Who wouldn’t love this? Great salad Liz. Thanks~!

  5. Beautiful salad Liz…and it sure looks like a fiesta…so colorful with all kind of texture. The dressing sounds fantastic!
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  6. You know, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is a great salad is always welcome and this one looks amazing.

  7. Such a pretty salad- love the flavors! Cardiologist approved too…perfect! 🙂

  8. Hi Liz, gorgeous salad, love all the textures and color. We were in the 90’s today and this salad is the perfect remedy.

  9. I saw this gorgeous salad out there on Pinterest today, Liz! Perfect for a party, checking out the Beef Barbacoa too! Perfect duo.

  10. Your salad looks great! I love Tex-Mex flavors and I can eat that whole bowl of salad 😀

  11. Tasty and healthy! What could be better? This is a superb salad — just loaded with yummy flavors. Thanks!

  12. I love all the colors in this salad. It sounds delicious!

  13. So pretty, my talented blog friend. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  14. A corn muffin and your fiesta salad is indeed a reason to celebrate!

  15. I can see why this was a big hit! It’s full of some of my favorite veggies and the color is amazing.

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