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Southwestern Salad Bar

Yield 8 adult servings
The whole family will have fun putting together their own salads. This lineup has something for everyone—even baby!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
  • 5 teaspoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (7-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
  • 3/4 cup light ranch dressing
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 12 cups packaged chopped romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups chopped skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted baked tortilla chips, crumbled (about 2 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 cup mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes

Nutrition Information

  • calories 411
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 12.7 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 4.6 g
  • polyfat 4.2 g
  • protein 32 g
  • carbohydrate 45.9 g
  • fiber 11.3 g
  • cholesterol 55 mg
  • iron 3.7 mg
  • sodium 822 mg
  • calcium 179 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook seasoning in a large saucepan over medium heat 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Combine fajita seasoning, corn, 1 tablespoon juice, and cilantro in a medium serving bowl.

  2. Combine onion and next 3 ingredients in a medium serving bowl. Combine avocado and remaining 2 teaspoons juice in a small serving bowl, tossing gently to coat. Combine dressing and chipotle in a small serving bowl.

  3. Place lettuce in a large serving bowl. Place chicken in a medium serving bowl. Place cheese, chips, mango, green onions, and radishes in individual serving bowls. Arrange bowls buffet-style, beginning with lettuce and ending with dressing. For each serving: 1 1/2 cups lettuce, 3/4 cup bean mixture, 1/4 cup corn mixture, about 1/3 cup chicken, 3 tablespoons chips, 3 tablespoons cheese, 2 tablespoons mango, 2 tablespoons onions, 1 tablespoon radishes, 1 tablespoon avocado, and 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing.

  4. For baby: To prepare Southwestern Chicken Dinner for baby, place 1/4 cup chopped cooked chicken, 1/4 cup cubed peeled avocado, 1/4 cup chopped peeled mango, and 1 tablespoon water in a food processor; process until desired consistency. Yield: about 1/2 cup.

  5. For baby: To prepare Southwestern Bean Mash for baby, place 1/4 cup drained canned black beans, 1/4 cup cubed peeled avocado, 1/4 cup chopped peeled mango, and 1 tablespoon water in a food processor. Process until desired consistency. Yield: about 1/2 cup.

  6. Kitchen Tip Baby's version can be served as small finger foods instead of processed once he's ready for it.

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