Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing

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    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing – a hearty and delicious salad recipe made with fresh ingredients.  Surrounded by baked tortilla strips and smothered with a homemade chipotle dressing.

    This Mexican salad and dressing is so easy to make and incredibility fresh-tasting.  The best thing about this salad is that it is hearty enough for a main meal.

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing is a hearty salad recipe made with fresh ingredients and surrounded by baked tortilla strips.

    This Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing is perfect for the bounties of summer!

    This recipe is great for using all those fresh garden vegetables and farmer’s market produce.  It’s light and refreshing, making it perfect for summer.  This is definitely a new family favorite and will be put on the meal rotation for sure!

    This salad is great for lunch or dinner.  You can enjoy the salad as a main meal or a side dish and can be made for meatless Mondays or taco Tuesdays.  It’s a double win!

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing... a perfect dinner or lunch that highlights delicious summer veggies!

    Mexican Salad is easy to make, and even more delicious to eat!

    For this recipe, I used the Old El Paso 6-inch flour tortillas, taco seasoning mix, and salsa. Also, I used mild taco seasoning mix and salsa for the dressing, since I am using chipotle peppers. You could definitely use a medium or hot, depending on your heat preference.

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing.. . perfectly balanced with just the right about of spice for this delicious meal!

    There are three separate components to this dish: the chopped salad with fresh vegetables, homemade chipotle dressing, and easy baked tortilla strips.  This recipe is so fresh and vibrant.

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing... crisping the bake tortillas!

    I love using fresh vegetables to serve and eat with my family.  The homemade chipotle dressing has a nice kick of heat to it but it is not overpowering.

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing... delicious summer vegetables are displayed beautifully in this salad!

    Then, the tortilla shells provide a nice crunchy texture and delicious flavor to the chopped salad.  All the vibrant colors from these fresh ingredients come together to make a salad that looks and tastes great!

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing... prepping all the ingredients

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing is a hearty salad recipe made with fresh ingredients and surrounded by baked tortilla strips.

    Yield: 4 to 6

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook Time: 10 minutes

    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients:

    10 (6-inch) Old El Paso flour tortillas

    1 head romain lettuce, chopped

    1 can sweet corn, whole kernels

    1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

    1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

    1 large orange pepper, diced

    1/2 medium red onion, chopped

    1 tablespoon taco seasoning

    2 tablespoons salsa

    3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

    2/3 cup sour cream (light is fine)

    1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce

    1 fresh lime, juiced

     

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray both sides of tortilla shells with non-stick cooking spray.  Align prepared shells in an even stack and cut down the middle.  Dice the halves into about 1/4" strips.  Arrange strips in a single layer on a silpat lined baking sheet.  Season with salt to taste.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown, flipping the strips once during baking.

    While the tortilla strips are baking, chop lettuce, tomatoes, orange pepper, and onion.  Drain and rinse the corn and black beans.  Add chopped vegetables, corn, and black beans to a large bowl.

    In a blender or food processor, combine cilantro, sour cream, chipotle in adobo, lime juice, taco seasoning and salsa.  Pulse until creamy and smooth.

    Pour the dressing over the bowl of vegetables and toss until coated.  You can top the salad with the tortilla strips or serve on the side.  The salad is served best cold.

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing – a hearty and delicious salad recipe made with fresh ingredients. Surrounded by baked tortilla strips and smothered with a homemade chipotle dressing.

    Enjoy!

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    Hello! My name is Katie, a stay at home mom, wife, and I am the blogger behind The Casual Craftlete. I love making crafts, baking, photography and running. Almost all of my projects on the blog can be completed in under 1 hour, for under $20.

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    Comments

    1. Jessica - The Novice Chef posted on July 25, 2016 at 8:49 pm (#
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      This salad! Seriously, I’m going to have to make this sometime this week. 

    2. Patricia @ Grab a Plate posted on July 25, 2016 at 10:02 pm (#
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      Love that this is loaded with summer veggies! And I just loooove the chipotle peppers :) Nice for the season!