This recipe is great for entertaining. Almost everything can be prepared in advance and assembled at the last minute. Dress with our delicious Adobo Lime Vinaigrette.
4 ears fresh corn, or 3 cups frozen or drained canned corn
8 baby bell peppers thinly sliced or 1 red bell pepper, diced
20 cherry tomatoes halved
½ English cucumber quartered and sliced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
8 cups chopped lettuce, such as Romaine
1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained well
1 avocado, sliced
red onion slices
Shredded cheese, such cojita, Monterrey jack or sharp cheddar; optional
Use fresh corn raw, grilled or steamed, let cool slightly and then remove the kernels by sliding a knife down the corn from top to bottom, turning a little each time until the whole cob is bare. and place in a large bowl.
Add black beans, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and salt to the corn and toss to mix well.
Use a crisp lettuce like Romaine and chop it to bite-size pieces and place in a large salad bowl.
These ingredients can be prepared up to a day in advance. Cover tightly and hold in the refrigerator.
To assemble, dress the lettuce with enough of the adobo lime vinaigrette to coat well, but not pool in the bottom of the bowl.
Pour more of the vinaigrette over the vegetables, toss well, and spread over the top of the greens.
Slice the onion and avocado, season with a sprinkle of salt, a drizzle of there vinaigrette, and lay decoratively over the salad.
Garnish with the shredded cheese as desired.
Serve the sliced chicken on a separate platter, or prepare individual salad bowls as directed above, and place the chicken on the very top. Don’t forget to pour a little of the vinaigrette over the chicken, too.
Note: The chopped vegetables are heavy and fall to the bottom of the bowl when tossed. Dressing the lettuce separately and spreading the dressed vegetables over the top makes a more attractive presentation.
See our grilled chicken recipe and video here: Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast
Keywords: chopped salad, dinner salad, black beans, corn, bell peppers, avocado, red onion