Salads

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

With a winning combo of ingredients and combined with the citrus-y Cilantro/Lime Dressing, this salad is a delicious, light and healthy summer dish. If you want it to be a little more hearty, top it with some grilled chicken or shredded BBQ pork. Mmmmmm... I just crumbled some Gorgonzola cheese over the top (Blue Cheese or Feta would also be yummy), served it with a side of fruit, and called it a meal.

2
Large head of romaine

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 large orange bell pepper

1 pint cherry tomatoes (I just de-seeded and diced a few regular tomatoes)

2 cups corn (I used canned, drained)

5 green onions

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing (recipe below) or other dressing of choice

{CILANTRO-LIME DRESSING}
Yields 3/4 cup dressing

1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
For the salad, finely chop romaine, bell pepper, tomatoes, and green onions. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Toss with desired dressing. For the dressing, puree all ingredients...
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Nutritions

Calories
1089

Sodium
331mg
13% DV

Fat
29g
44% DV

Protein
48g
97% DV

Carbs
164g
55% DV

Fiber
40g
161% DV

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes is a classic Southern dish! Flavored with bacon, onion, garlic and cider vinegar, you know these vegetables are bound to be good. Serve garden fresh okra and tomatoes during the summer months, or use canned and frozen ingredients in the off-season. Paired with a side of cornbread, this is a simple and affordable dish to enjoy year-round!

3 slices thick cut bacon
1 small Vidalia onion
2 cloves garlic
2 15.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 T sugar
2 t fresh thyme leaves
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 t apple cider vinegar
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
2 c fresh or frozen okra
salt and pepper ( to taste )
6
  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook bacon until the bacon is starting to get crispy and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and garlic; saute for 5 more...
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Nutritions

Calories
1105

Sodium
1147mg
47% DV

Fat
114g
176% DV

Protein
1g
3% DV

Carbs
4g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV