Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing is one of our favorite salads and I serve it often, especially when we have company. This salad is full of all things healthy and good for you, and the honey-lime dressing is sweet, spicy and simply amazing! I usually make a big batch of the yummy dressing and put it on literally everything. I have even added it to chicken salad and, let me tell you, it was divine! Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing is great as a side dish, but it’s also perfect as a main dish vegetarian salad.
I first tasted this delicious and healthy salad last Cinco de Mayo when our neighbor Peggy brought it over to a Mexican themed pot luck dinner. I have been making it ever since then. Peggy graciously shared her recipe with me, and now I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you!
We are currently under a Hurricane Warning and, most likely, won’t have any power or Internet service tomorrow morning. With that in mind, my plan is to post this today so you will have it in time for the Labor Day weekend, that is as long as you aren’t also in the path of the storm. Hermine is expected to hit us later tonight or early tomorrow morning and then exit Florida, traveling up the east coast! I was at the store at 7:00 AM this morning stocking up on non-perishable food and other emergency supplies just in case. The last time a storm like this hit Tallahassee we were without power for a week. So, if I’m silent for the next few days, you will know we are sitting in the dark, without air-conditioning or the Internet, and eating canned tuna fish, fruit cocktail, pudding snacks, and Cheetos…. We are hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst too! I made a big batch of chocolate chip cookies last night just in case things get really bad!
But back to this delicious and healthy salad. The ingredients for the salad include romaine lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, jicama, frozen corn, radishes, avocado, red bell pepper, Cotija cheese, and scallions. For the Honey-Lime dressing, you will need limes, olive oil, honey or agave nectar, garlic, jalapenos and Kosher salt.
If you are ready to make this delicious Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing, start by making the dressing.
Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Store in the refrigerator, preferably for 24 hours before using.
For the salad, toss all ingredients but the avocado and Cotija cheese in a large bowl.
Pour the dressing over the mixture and toss again. Top with the Cotija cheese and avocado. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes: The last time I made this salad, I didn’t have the jicama or radishes, but it was still delicious. It’s very versatile. Add more or less of ingredients you like or don’t like. If you have never had jicama, give it a try. Jicamas are sort of like a cross between an apple and a potato, and add a crunchy element to the salad. Also, try adding 1/2 of your avocado to the blender when mixing your dressing, it gives it a nice creaminess. If you are feeding a crowd, simply double the recipe!
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