Mexican Chopped Salad

when we first started talking about having a mommy + baby bbq day our beuatiful host said it would be a healthy one.

like what does that even mean?

what is a bbq without mac & cheese, potato salad, dessert????

i told her that grapes are healthy, and wine is made from grapes so that counts, right?


anyway she gave me an idea to do a mexican chopped salad. i was excited to have another salad recipe as ive been trying to make different kinds. she  sent me this link for inspiration: mexican chopped salad

so that’s what i made for our mommy + baby day.

i stuck to the basics of the recipe,but altered just a little.

[i didnt use jicama, used green bell peppers, and diced my red onions smaller. only used 1 can of black beans, only did 3 ears of corn, and probably didn’t add a whole 1/2 cup cilantro.]

the recipe for the salad calls for:

  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce , chopped in approximately ½ inch pieces
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ medium red onion, diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ medium jicama, peeled and diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced in ¼-inch dice
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced into ¼-inch dice
  • 4 ears corn (if fresh corn is not in season, substitute 1½ cups of sweet, tiny frozen corn)
  • 1½ cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro, plus whole cilantro leaves for garnish, if desired


everyone was telling me how bomb the salad was! every single person came back for 2nd and sometimes 3rd helpings until there was literally none left. i was sad cause i wanted to have leftovers for work but happy that it was such a hit 🙂

you can bet i will be making it again soon.

i made the dressing exactly as was written:

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (used the one out the bottle)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper


i had corn tortilla chips that i broke up and topped it with so i didn’t need to fry my own. it was easier that way.

i boiled my corn in salted water with a little bit of heavy cream.

i used small campari tomatoes? they are the small sweet kind.

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