BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Black Beans, Feta and Avocado
8 cups romaine lettuce - washed, dried and chopped
1/2 pint - or you can use the whole pint - grape tomatoes - cut in half
1 package of pre-cooked bacon -- heated, cooled and crumbled
1 can sweet corn (I love shoe peg) - drain if needed
1 can black beans (drained)
chopped green onions - two . . .or the whole bunch - depending on how much you like onion
orange or yellow bell pepper - chopped
2 avocados chopped
8 ounces feta - crumbled
I washed and chopped the lettuce and had it in a big bag with the tomatoes (in the fridge). I had the other ingredients all ready to go (also in the fridge so that I could add at the last moment -- except the avocados they were in the garage ripening until the last minute)- - I peeled and chopped the avocado and added right before serving.
For the salad dressing, I took a bottle of light ranch - Hidden Valley - salad dressing and poured it into a bowl. I added the juice of one to two limes and a healthy dose of Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix (you can order here) They have no idea I'm promoting their product nor have they paid me any money. I love this stuff - made into dip or salad dressing!!
Whisk together and put in a mason jar (or container) until ready to serve.
Place all ingredients into a bowl and add dressing - a little at a time - and toss - until well coated. There is one problem with this salad - once it is tossed, you don't want the leftovers, they are a soggy mess -- so you might want to toss smaller amounts if you think it is not going to be all consumed in one meal. You can also make a much smaller salad using the same ingredients - smaller quantities.
THIS IS SOOOOO GOOD! Hope you enjoy as much as we have!
If you wanted to make it a complete meal, you could add grilled chicken - to the salad or on the side. Also great served with the mexican casserole we served in this post.
I served to our young adults a couple of weeks ago and they loved it. I probably added more lettuce to that salad - that is the good thing about this recipe - you can adjust for the number of people you will be serving.
Gotta go get ready for church -- see you soon!