As promised earlier this week to balance my Triple Chocolate Turtle Cookies, I bring you salad! But not just any salad, a hearty, Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing that will actually have you craving salad. You will still crave the cookies, but at least you can stuff yourself with this salad first so you won’t consume as many cookies.
I love a salad where lettuce is the afterthought, more of an in-between filler of all other things delicious. This salad is no exception.
Packed with black beans, red bell peppers, tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, pepitas, Pepper Jack cheese, and bathed in Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing. Oh this dressing! Its fiesta flavors make me giddy! Salsa, cilantro, garlic, lime, jalapeno and splash of smoked paprika and cumin blended with avocado and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) for a smooth, creamy dressing that deserves its own mariachi encore. The ingredient list is somewhat lengthy for the dressing, but it comes together in less than 5 minutes because all you do is add them to the blender and blend until smooth – so please don’t be intimidated – I promise its so worth it. I love the dressing so much I doubled it just so I could have leftovers to douse my burritos in. I’m pretty certain you will love it too.
And of course, no Southwest salad would be complete without chips – AKA tortilla strips. I’m all about adding chips to a salad under the guise of tortilla strips. Brilliant. I particularly love the Sante Fe Style tortilla strips from Fresh gourmet – the spicing on them is the crowning jewel to an already jaw dropping – as in shove more salad in me please – salad.
If you want to transform this salad into a meal, then I suggest topping it with either my All Purpose Chili Lime Chicken or my Chipotle Chicken. Dynamite combo. Now prepare yourself for the combination of fresh, crunchy veggies, pepitas and tortilla strips, sprinkled with spicy, buttery pepper jack cheese all doused in creamy dressing packed with all your favorite Mexican flavors.
Prepare yourself for Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing.
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