TEX MEX CHOPPED SALAD

I love Tex-Mex dip. It is packed with flavor and super easy to whip up. To enjoy my favorite Tex-Mex dip in a salad form is such a blast! This Tex-Mex Chopped Salad is amazing to serve at parties, potlucks, and picnics. You can make the dressing a day in advance, but I do not recommend assembling this salad right away if not serving it yet. For best results, assemble the salad right before serving. This recipe is also pretty versatile. You can add other ingredients if desired.

The dressing is so simple. It is made with just two ingredients; ranch dressing and taco seasoning (either mild or hot depending on your preference). Toss the chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and the other salad ingredients until completely coated in the dressing, and serve immediately.

Ingredients

Dressing:

2 tablespoons taco seasoning, hot or mild

1 c. ranch dressing

Salad:

4 c. Romaine lettuce, chopped, about 1 head

3 c. chicken, cooked, cooled, and diced

4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, or pepper jack, cut into ¼-inch cubes

1 cucumber, seeded and diced

4-5 green onions, sliced

1 c. corn kernels, fresh or frozen

1 15-ounces can of black beans, drained and rinsed

Juice of 1/2 of a lime

1/4 c. cilantro, chopped

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

Jalapeño, diced, toasted pumpkin seeds, diced avocado, or jicama for garnish (optional)

1 c. tortilla chips, crushed

How to make Tex Mex Chopped Salad

Step 1: Place all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well until combined. Place the dressing in the fridge until ready to use.

Step 2: In a big bowl, place the salad ingredients. Slowly add the dressing to the salad and lightly toss until the salad is completely coated. To taste, season with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Serve the salad immediately. Enjoy!

Tips:

You are welcome to make the dressing ahead and keep this in the fridge for not more than 12 hours.

I do not recommend keeping the leftovers for long. You can whip up the dressing and keep it in the fridge. Then, assemble the salad right before serving.

This recipe is very versatile. You can add other ingredients if desired.