Vegetarian Mexican Salad


wine-giftsMexican food is synonymous with spicy, hot and piquant! From authentic mexican salsa to crispy tacos or big, fat burritos, mexican food is often quick to make, and even quicker to eat! Mexican salad, as un-interesting as it may sound, is an enriching meal by itslef. Just as colorful as the mexican culture, this salad has several layers to it. Healthy, nutritive, tasty and filling at the same time, the vegetarian mexican salad is often served in a large cripsy tortilla shell called "Tostada". Layered with beans, vegetables, salsa and cheddar cheese, everything about this salad from its appearance to taste is irrestible! If you've enjoyed eating a "Burrito Bowl" at Chipotle, there's no way you can turn away from this recipe!

Ingredients
2 cups lettuce - shredded
1 cup refried beans
1/2 cup black beans - boiled
1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
1 cup cooked rice
1 small bell-pepper - finely choped
1 large semi-ripe tomato - chopped
1/2 cup cheddar cheese - shredded
3 tbsp gaucamole
3 tbsp sour cream
3/4 cup spicy mexican salsa
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper - to taste

Method
Take a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and add the chopped bell-peppers to it. Saue them lightly till they become a little tender.

Mix the shredded lettuce, beans, cooked rice and chopped tomatoes all together and allow to sit for some time. Then add the sauteed bell-peppers and spicy salsa to it. Add salt and pepper according to taste.

Add the sour cream and gaucamole on the top, and cover with a generous helping of cheddar cheese.

Top with some corn tortilla chips and serve! Indulge in the flavors of Mexico as you enjoy this vegetarian mexican salad. This goes to DK's Culinary event that celebrates Mexican Food this month.


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44 comments :

Rachel said...

Very healthy-looking salad..What is refried beans? Pardon my ignornace...

Mansi Desai said...

rachel - refried beans are basically pinto beans cooked with onions, garlic and spices, then mashed and available in tins in grocery stores. They are used as filling for most mexican recipes like tacos, toastadas, burritos and more.

hope this clears your doubt! you can get more information here

Kredite ohne Schufa said...

Vegetrian maxican healthy-looking salad..What is refried beans? I like this item.

Meeta said...

Mexican food is a real treat. I love the satisfying flavors it offers. Probably because it is a bit close to the Indian kitchen. This salad looks perfect for the warm weather we are having!!

easycrafts said...

Nice entry to the event

Swati Raman Garg said...

ummm good looknig salad.... :)got something for u ...

Ben said...

Hmm yummy. I made a similar salad a couple of weeks ago, but it is really not a Mexican dish. It is more of a Tex-Mex creation. And I love refried beans :-p

Siri said...

simple, colorful yet healthy salad Mansi...:)

ranji said...

awesom salad mansi!!!I have also made similar salad and topped it with torilla chips :)..great entry!!

Sangeeth said...

looks very colourful and yummy too :)

Uma said...

Lovely salad, Mansi! looks so yummy! Nice entry.

Rachel said...

Thanks Mansi for the link and clearing my doubt!

Trupti said...

hey manasi ..very yuuuuummmmyyy salad..my husband love this salad

Madhuram said...

It's such a refreshing salad Mansi. Even I have not used refried beans. Actually I went to Trader's Joe and wanted to get it from there. But that store was having refried black beans with jalapeno peppers. I was not sure how spicy it would be, so I did not buy it.

Mansi Desai said...

For the benefit of a few of you, refried beans can be bought at stores like safeway or walmart. They can be pinto beans or black beans, and the ones branded by taco bell are the best ones that I've used so far!:)

I'm glad all of you liked this simple and easy salad:) it works great on weeknights and is good on the calorie count too:D

Vanamala said...

WoW healthy & lots of proteins ...cool nice one

DK said...

I see 'Tasty' written all over this salad bowl and this is the kind of salads I like....I simply cant live on plain leaves and branches!

Luv it mansi...thanks for sending it to the event.

And I will surely try my best to participate for Monthly mingle :)

Shweta said...

A salad like this one is my favorite part of a Mexican meal. I am not too fond of tortillas and can't have cheese in excess. These salads work the best for me! I will surely be trying your recipe :)

Kalai said...

A light and refreshing salad! I love all the colors and textures used here. :)

Madhavi said...

Lovely salad, looks perfect and colorful :)) Nice entry for the event!!!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi..
That was a nice salad. Looks so colourful. Nice mexican recipe.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I LOVE Mexican food! This looks so tasty!

Divya Vikram said...

love tostada..so guess will love this too..nice entry

Kevin said...

That salad is just packed full of flavour!

giz said...

This is totally the kind of salad I would love to sink my teeth into. I've had zero exposure to Mexican food and I'm starting to see that I've been missing such a treat.

Purnima said...

Mansi, the salad looks colorful n nutritious!! THks for sharing!

LG said...

Loved that colorful salad Mansi. Nice one.

SMN said...

Manasi that luks so tempting..

Asha said...

Gorgeous looking salad, good one Mansi!:)

Have a great weekend, I got to go and cook more now!:D

Richa said...

that is one perfect salad, Mansi, love it :)

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I like this idea for a nice light lunch or dinner. You really can't beat this kind of flavor combo. It's certainly better than the heavy, greasy, "taco salads" you get a so-called "Mexican" restaurants.

Cris said...

I haven't eaten at Chipotles yet because they do not have a store here in Brazil, oh my, they should!!! Love your salad, we're huge fans of tex-mex! Have a nice weekend!

Supriya Nair said...

hi mansi....amazing salad....Whilst i was reading the recipe I remembered my good days eating mexican food...which i am missing a lot....Thanks for this recipe...Cheers

lisa said...

Lovely, lovely salad Mansi!
Thank you for entering it into this month's No Croutons Required. The roundup and voting poll will be up and running on Tinned Tomatoes in the next few days.

Miri said...

Youre right , we never associate Mexican food with a salad! Thanks for posting this!

Aparna said...

This is a great salad. Am bookmarking this.
We love Mexican food, must be our Indian palate!:D

Rosie said...

WOW a great looking salad I just adore Mexican food :)

Rosie x

genericonline said...

yum-yum!!!

Pearlsofeast said...

Wow Mansi , this is such great salad,I loved all the ingredients.Just could resist the lovely picture.

rk said...

Nice recipe. I personally use Trader Joe's organic black beans (cooked and spiced but not mashed) instead of refried that may be mushy for some. Note that many brands have lard (beef fat) in it, not suitable for strict vegetarians. Hence I use TJ's...

RK said...

Forgot to mention that you can serve this salad on taco bowls baked at home easily. I use Azteca brand, takes mins to bake and they look great with the colorful salad in them.

wackyum said...

Sounds really yummy..i'm gonna try it this weekend for sure!
Thanks a lot!:-)

anotherposter said...

That sounds really tasty!
Will try out for sure this weekend..
thank you!

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