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Vegetarian Mexican Chopped Salad
corn / avocado / tomatoes / black beans / queso fresco

Active: 25 minTotal: 25 min
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Chopped salads are a great way to stay cool and healthy for the summer. This one packs well too!
Smarts: Make this into a mason jar salad by layering dressing and heartier ingredients on the bottom and lettuce on top. Shake when ready to eat!


Vegetarian Mexican Chopped Salad:
  • Corn - 2 cobs, kernels of
  • Shallots - 1 bulb, sliced
  • Tomatoes - 1/2 lb, chopped
  • Avocado, large - 1, cubed
  • Black beans (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, rinsed and drained
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped - 8 oz
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 2 oz
  • Queso fresco - 4 oz, crumbled
  • Limes - 1/2, sliced into wedges
Adobo-Honey Dressing:
  • Red wine vinegar - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Adobo sauce (usually found with canned chipotle peppers) - 2 tsp ((use less if you're afraid of spice))
  • Paprika, preferably smoked - 1/2 tsp
  • Yogurt, plain - 2 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Corn - Microwave corn with husk on for 4 minutes each (up to 2 at a time). Use the trick in this video to cook corn and make husk removal easy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Shallots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Tomatoes / Avocado / Black beans - Prep as directed.
  4. Make adobo-honey dressing - Whisk together red wine vinegar, honey, adobo sauce, paprika, yogurt, and cooking oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)


  1. You can toss romaine with corn, shallots, tomatoes, avocados, black beans, and pumpkin seeds with dressing and then cover with crumbled queso fresco or you can arrange ingredients over romaine lettuce (like in our photo). Finish with juice from lime wedges - enjoy!

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This meal has 41 reviews

Dressing was great (skipped the yogurt) and ate with leftover quinoa...roasted the pepitas with oil, lime, chili pepper. Added a necessary flavorful crunch.

By: Marisa
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Diet: Original

This was delicious and filling!

By: Nellie
Posted: Apr 03, 2017
Diet: Original

Very bland. Would leave out pumpkin seeds.

By: William
Posted: Apr 26, 2016
Diet: Vegetarian

would leave out the pumpkin seeds next time. Used adobo sauce in dressing yet the salad was missing something, on the bland side.

By: Fred
Posted: Mar 21, 2016
Diet: Original

This was delicious, summer salad. Next time we will add chicken, though, so that it will stick with us a little longer.

By: Victoria
Posted: Nov 17, 2015
Diet: Original

Great put in some tostidos for some crunch

By: Benjamin
Posted: Oct 24, 2015
Diet: Original