I love salads for dinner, but in order for one to fly at my dinner table it has to 1. taste good (really good) and 2. be hearty and filling enough that my husband doesn’t go make a sandwich 20 minutes after we clear the table. This one fit the bill and has been making regular appearances at our house over the past couple of months. It’s a fun twist on cobb salad. (Like cobb salads? Check this one out) The bonus is, with the right prep it can require little to no cooking, and it’s also a healthy salad (Surprise! Many salads aren’t!) So I’ve also included nutritional info at the end. We actually have quite a few recipes with nutrition facts and you can find them all here.
One thing I like about this recipe is that you make just enough dressing to use on the salad. Sometimes I go crazy with homemade dressings and have jars all over my fridge that I end up tossing out after a while. So it’s nice that this one gets used up in one meal! Just whisk or shake and you’re done.
Tear up some cold, crisp romaine and then we’ll top it with all kinds of yummy stuff.
I think the beans, the meat, and the avocado help make this feel like an actual meal by adding substance.
You can toss everything together in one bowl, or style it more traditionally like the picture below. This is the actual serving size- not bad for under 300 calories, right??
Drizzle on the vinaigrette and you’ve got some serious yummy.
Southwestern Cobb Salad
Recipe from Cooking Light
For a quick no-cook meal, substitute diced rotisserie chicken or leftover turkey breast, use pre-cooked bacon you can just zap in the microwave, and you can even buy pico de gallo.
3 Tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 slices bacon,cooked and crumbled. I use pre-cooked bacon so it’s super quick
8 oz skinless, boneless turkey or chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch pieces*
1/4 tsp salt
8 cups torn romaine lettuce
1/2 C pico de gallo
1/2 C diced avocado
1/2 C (2 oz) crumbled queso fresco (feta makes a good sub, or shredded pepperjack)
1/4 C chopped green onions
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
*note that nutritional information reflects turkey breast.
To prepare vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine, or place in a jar and shake. Set aside.
To prepare salad, heat a skillet to medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle turkey or chicken with salt and add to pan. Saute until done, about 4 minutes.
Arrange 2 C lettuce on each of 4 plates and divide ingredients among them. If you want to be specific, each serving should have about: 2 teaspoons bacon, 5 tablespoons turkey or chicken, 2 tablespoons pico de gallo, 2 tablespoons avocado, 2 tablespoons queso fresco, 1 tablespoon onions, and about 1/3 cup beans.
Drizzle vinaigrette evenly over salads. Serves 4.
Nutrition Facts per serving:
calories: 293, fat: 13.6g, protein 22.4g, carbs: 19.9g, fiber: 6.6g
WW points: 6