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April 17, 2014

Mexican Chopped Salad

by Anne Paddock

She doesn’t always follow the recipe….

Several weeks ago, my daughter suggested we try a recipe called Mexican Chopped Salad with Green Goddess Dressing by Gwyneth Paltrow. My recollection of Green Goddess Dressing is from the 1970’s when a company called Seven Seas made a shelf-stable bottled version of a salad dressing that typically contains a lot of mayonnaise and sour cream:  not something that would appeal to my family.

But, after reading the recipe, I realized Paltrow’s recipe was on the right track calling for Vegannaise instead of mayonnaise. However, I wanted an even lighter version of this dressing so after making many variations over the past few weeks, I came up with a recipe that suits my preference for a light but flavorful dressing with lots of cilantro. The ingredients of the salad also reflect a passion for avocado and lots of sweet grape tomatoes.

DSC_0154Mexican Chopped Salad Ingredients

  • 2 heads of Romaine lettuce or 1 head of Romaine lettuce and 1 head of Red Leaf lettuce, chopped (I make it both ways)
  • 2 scallions, green part only – chopped
  • 1 pint of sweet grape tomatoes, chopped in half and quartered
  • 15 ounces of cooked black beans (Fig Food Organic Black Beans or Eden Organic Black Beans), rinsed
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, cooked with kernels removed, or one 15-ounce can of corn (with no salt added)
  • 2 Haas avocados (chopped)DSC_0140

Directions

  • Place the chopped Romaine (and Red Leaf Lettuce, if using) in a very large salad bowl.
  • Add the scallions, tomatoes, black beans, corn, and avocado.
  • Toss the salad ingredients gently so as to not smash the avocado pieces or beans.
  • Drizzle the dressing (recipe below) over the salad and toss to distribute.
  • Serve immediately. Makes 6 large portions or 10 small portions.

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Just Mayo (a plant-based mayo made by Hampton Creek Foods and sold in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods)
  • 1/3 cup of cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 scallion, green part only – chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Place all the ingredients in a small food processor.
  • Pulse for about 20-30 seconds until blended.DSC_0144

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