Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Southwest Salad with Chipotle Ranch

This colorful, delicious salad was the reason I made my chipotle grilled chicken. It is super yummy and I enjoyed taking it to work for lunch everyday.

By the way, I made this salad for my older sister (the designer of my blog) when she visited me last and she loved it.

Unfortunately, I got a little too excited about making this salad to remember to take an ingredients photo so just pretend it's there, ok?

You will need: salad mix (I chose baby spinach but any salad mix would be delicious), 1 bottle of ranch dressing,  1 can of sweet corn, 1 can of black beans, 1 avocado, 1 sweet bell pepper, 1 small onion, 1 large carrot (or about 15 baby carrots), 1 chipotle pepper and 1 tsp adobo sauce, 1 tomato, and chopped (or sliced) chipotle grilled chicken.

To make the dressing, finely chop one chipotle pepper and add it to your bottle of ranch dressing.

Now scoop a tablespoon of that delicious adobo sauce out of the can and pour it into the bottle of ranch.

Close the bottle and give it a good shake. Voila! Chipotle ranch.

If you're wondering why my ranch bottle looks like a water bottle, that's because it is. I like to use the ranch mixes and I find it's easiest to just put it into a water bottle.

Next, chop up your sweet pepper, onion, and carrot.

If you're making just one serving of salad, I recommend that you ahead and chop everything then just store the leftovers in a ziplock. It makes getting your lunch together so much easier.

Toss the corn and beans into a colander and allow to drain.

Give them a good rinse to get all the canning liquid off of them.

Slice the chipotle chicken into strips (or cubes if that's how you roll).

Grab a large plate and pile on some spinach...

Toss on some onions, peppers, and carrots...

Some beans...

And some corn.

Now slice up 1/4 of a tomato and 1/4 of an avocado.

Now throw on the tomatoes, avocado, and chicken.

Drizzle the salad with the chipotle dressing and enjoy!

The second time I made this salad, I also added bacon and blue cheese. It was an amazingly delicious decision.

Southwest Salad with Chipotle Ranch
Serves: 4

  • 1 bottle of ranch dressing
  • 1 chipotle pepper, finely minced and 1 tsp adobo sauce (the sauce the peppers are canned in)
  • 1 can of sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot (or about 15 baby carrots), chopped
  • 4 cups of salad mix
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • chipotle grilled chicken, sliced
  1. To make the dressing, add the chipotle pepper and adobo sauce to the ranch dressing and mix. Set aside.
  2. Layer equal parts of the remaining ingredients onto 4 plates. Drizzle with the dressing. Add some bacon and blue cheese if you know what's good for you.
  3. Serve immediately.

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