With the right ingredients, a salad can be a hearty, delicious, and wholesome meal. Good proteins, healthy fats, and different textures help. So does a homemade dressing.
The simple mixture of salsa and ranch dressing lends great flavor and a little kick to this dish. While you could substitute your favorite store-bought dressing, I really like to use Better-For-You Ranch. I do have a fetish for the hint-of-lime tortillas and, having been caught without, recently made my own with some sprouted corn tortillas I had in the fridge. They were a hit. (Recipe coming soon.)
While I used leftover Lean and Mean Pulled Pork for the version pictured here, grilled chicken or flank steak are equally delicious. I’m also thinking that Fired-Up Skewered Shrimp would be pretty fabulous on this salad, too!
- 2/3 cup salsa
- 2/3 cup ranch dressing
- 2 10-ounce packages hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup cucumber, seeded and chopped
- 1 cup jicama, peeled and chopped
- 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 3/4 pound cooked pulled pork, chicken or flank steak, chopped or sliced
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups coarsely crushed tortilla chips
In a small bowl, stir together the salsa and the ranch dressing and set aside.
Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl and layer with the black beans, cucumber, jicama, tomatoes, avocado, protein of choice, cheese, and tortilla chips.
Drizzle with enough dressing to coat lightly and toss to evenly distribute.