I worked a little bit in our garden (which I really need to post about) this afternoon. I was amazed to see that in 13 days most of our plants have tripled in size. Everything smells so good and is growing faster than I thought. My favorite of what is ready to eat so far are the mint plants. I have peppermint, sweet mint and my favorite, chocolate mint. This is what it looks like and it smells Uh-mazing!
I go out every morning and pick off a few leaves and then add them to my water. I love it! I am thinking of some sort of chocolate mint mojito would be tasty too!
Anyway, since it’s only April here in central Florida and it’s already like 500 degrees every day, I was sweating my butt off out there. I really didn’t want something heavy on the belly for dinner. I had just picked a bunch of lettuce off this this plant that these awesome clients of ours gave us a couple months ago, and I had some organic baby spinach I needed to eat as well. I figured some kind of salad would be great to have, so I started rummaging through the pantry and the fridge looking for something good.
Isn’t this lettuce lovely? Straight from the garden!
I ran across some taco seasoning and a can of black beans and it got me thinking about some southwest flavors. I just started grabbing a few things and this is what I came up with. Then I remembered that I still had some of those boneless skinless chicken thighs from Whole Foods (by far the best ones I have ever eaten) that I could throw in there.
Let me tell ya, this was so flavorful and delicious that everyone loved it. There were so many great flavors and textures in it and the dressing just really pushed it over the top. It was very filling, while at the same time making your belly happy with all the fresh ingredients. While your chicken is cooking, you can chop up all the veggies and this is done in no time. This feeds about 5 people.
**For the vegetarian version, leave out the chicken
**For the gluten free version, make sure you use a gf taco seasoning
Southwest Chicken Salad
- a couple of varieties of lettuce, chopped
- 1 pound chicken, chopped
- 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
- 1 cup black beans
- 1 cup corn
- 2-3 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 2 avocados, chopped
- handful of cilantro, chopped
- taco seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp mayo
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup ranch dressing
- 1 tbsp taco seasoning
- salt and pepper, to taste
Make up the dressing first and then refrigerate until salad is ready. In a small bowl or large mixing cup, mix all ingredients until well blended. Taste to make sure it suits you. You can add more or less taco seasoning if you need to.
I thought this was so good as a salad dressing, but you could use it as a dip for raw veggies or even chips.
According to your taste, season the chicken with salt, pepper and taco seasoning. Cook your chicken according what type you are using. I used these thighs and cooked them over medium heat in a skillet with about 2 tablespoons of oil, I used avocado. I cooked them for about 4 minutes on each side and they were perfect.
Once it is finished, take it out and chop it all up.
While your chicken is cooking you can chop up your cilantro,
your tomato, avocado and red pepper,
and get your black beans and corn ready.
Just layer your salad with all these ingredients.
This salad sounds wonderful. I had totally forgotten about chocolate mint! I have mint growing … now I will have to search for chocolate mint. I love your blog and enjoyed reading your “about” – great theme for your blog!
Thank you so much! I checked out your blog and I love it! Just skimming through the first few posts listed I saw several things I wanted to try. I have been wanting to get the pasta attachment for my KitchenAid and make my own and I think you have given me the inspiration to do it. Your pasta is beautiful! I am so glad you stopped by! I found the chocolate mint at my local Home Depot. They carry Bonnie Plants which are all non-GMO.
I’m so proud of you. Adding that mint put a delicious spark to the meal. I loved it.
I meant to say cilantro not mint in it.
That looks DELICIOUS! So glad to see you are enjoying the chocolate mint. Thanks so much for sharing, growing and mentioning our non-GMO plants. I’m personally adding this recipe to my kitchen rotation… ~ Mary Beth @ Bonnie Plants
Mary Beth, I am so glad you liked it! Since I was too late to buy the seeds and plant them myself, I did a lot of research on which plants I could buy that were non-GMO. I came across your company in my research and was thrilled to find so many local places to purchase them. The post after that salad was about building our garden. All the plants we planted except for the fruit trees were Bonnie Plants! I love them and they are all growing like crazy. We have been using the Bonnie fertilizer as well! I have told everyone about how much I love your products!
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