Here is a spicy, savory meal that makes great use of prime summer produce — corn, tomatoes, lettuce, and avocados — in one delicious salad. This is a crowd pleasing superstar, as it’s dairy and gluten free, vegan, deliciously nutritious, and easy to do much of the prep in advance.
This salad uses one of my prior recipes, Spicy Tofu Crumbles. If you would prefer, you may substitute grilled chicken breast for the tofu crumbles. The quick to make dressing can be adjusted for spiciness depending on your preference. (for Hannah & Caleb) Enjoy!
Southwest Summer Salad
(all quantities are dependent on number of servings needed)
romaine lettuce, washed and cut
tomatoes, rough chop large tomatoes, or halve cherry tomatoes
fresh sweet corn – kernels cut off cobs, sauteed briefly in a little olive oil, then cooled to room temp.
avocado, peeled and diced
bell pepper, chopped
fresh cilantro, chopped
pinto beans, cooked and cooled
Spicy Tofu Crumbles
Chipotle Lime Dressing (recipe below)
Assemble all ingredients in a large shallow bowl. Dress the salad just before serving. Add tortilla chips for extra crunch.
Chipotle Lime Dressing
3 TB fresh squeezed lime juice
6 TB extra virgin olive oil
1/2 to 1 tsp. chipotle powder (depending on how spicy your like dressing)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed