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My Mother’s Favorite Mexican Chopped Salad

Thank you, mom, for sharing your most delicious summer salad!


¼ cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon cumin

1 clove garlic finely minced

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

freshly ground black pepper

Tortilla Strips:

6 6 inch corn tortillas

1 ½ tablespoons canola oil

½ teaspoon sea salt


1 medium head romaine lettuce chopped in approximately 1/2 inch pieces

1 medium bell pepper diced in 1/4-inch pieces, any color

½ medium red onion diced in 1/4-inch pieces

½ medium jicama peeled and diced in 1/4-inch pieces (or water chestnuts)

1 medium zucchini diced in 1/4-inch dice

4 medium tomatoes seeded and diced into 1/4-inch dice

4 ears corn (or substitute 1 1/2 cups of sweet, tiny frozen corn)

1 1/2 cups canned black beans drained and rinsed

1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro plus whole cilantro leaves for garnish


Dressing: combine lime juice, honey, cumin, garlic and salt. In a slow, steady stream, add the oils, stirring continuously with a fork/small whisk. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.

Tortilla strips: preheat oven to 400˚F. Stack corn tortillas on a cutting board. Cut in half. Cut each stack of halves into thin strips, widthwise, about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer tortilla strips to a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, or until light golden brown and crisp. Set aside to cool.

Salad: place corn, two ears at a time, in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove with a hot pad and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then, cut bottom end of corn off, about 1 1/2 inches from end. Pull back husk and silks (almost all of the silk should easily pull away). Cut kernels from husks. Set aside.

Combine corn and other salad ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add dressing and stir to coat all ingredients. Garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve with tortilla strips on top. Voila!

  • Cilantro
  • Black Beans
  • Zucchini
  • Honey
  • Corn
  • Peppers
  • Lime
  • Tomato