Tuesday, March 27, 2012

California Chipotle Chopped Salad

With the summer weather we've had the past two weeks, I've been in the mood for summer veggies. Of course, by the time I bought the stuff to make this California Chipotle Chopped Salad, the weather turned cooler. Still...this salad is amazing! I'm usually not one to gush over salads, but this one is a winner.

The chipotle-seasoned black beans, cilantro, and avocado complement each other perfectly; the dressing is lime-y, tangy, sweet, and refreshing; the romaine, tomatoes, and red onion round are a good base; and super-nutritious quinoa is always a welcome addition. I predict this will be my go-to summer salad that I'll bring to potlucks and serve to guests on lazy summer evenings on my patio.

California Chipotle Chopped Salad
Recipe from April 2012 Fitness Magazine
Servings: 4

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large tomato chopped or cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  1. To make dressing: Puree 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, agave nectar, and lime juice in a blender.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Saute black beans, garlic, chile powder, and salt for 5 minutes. Let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, quinoa, black bean mixture, and cilantro. Toss gently with dressing to coat.

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