Not all Mexican food is created equal. Get the flavors of your favorite taco or burrito but in salad form. This recipe combines a dressing with fresh-squeezed lime, chili powder and red pepper flakes with black beans, quinoa, avocado and greens.

The secret to keeping this on-the-go salad fresh is to keep the dressing on the bottom and the greens at the top. You’ll want to get some pint-sized (16 ounces) wide-mouth mason jars to use for these salads (or something similar). Get ready for a fiesta!

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Serving Size16 ounces
  • Energy470 cal
  • Cuisine
    • Mexican
  • Course
    • Main Course
    • Salad
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Vegetarian
    • Weight Loss Program
    • Lifestyle Program

ingredients

For the Chile Lime Dressing

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Jars

  • 1 15-oz can (400g) of black beans
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked*
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, shredded (about one head)

Directions

1

Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

2

Place an equal amount of dressing at the bottom of each jar.

3

Prepare the avocado, tomato, cilantro mixture by chopping all ingredients and mixing together in a large bowl.

4

Now it’s time to layer your salad. Start with black beans, quinoa, avocado-tomato mixture and finally, lettuce. Put the lid on your salads and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Salads will last for up to a week in the fridge when unmixed.)

5

When you’re ready to eat, shake well and serve or empty jar onto a large plate or bowl and enjoy!

additions & substitutions

Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program:

Sub black beans for kidney beans or chickpeas

Add in one of the following lean proteins/serving:

  • Add 3-4 oz poultry/meat/tofu
  • Add 4-6 oz fish/shellfish
  • Serving Size16 ounces
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories470
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat36 g46.15%
  • Saturated Fat5 g25%
  • Trans Fat0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Sodium340 mg14.78%
  • Total Carbohydrate32 g11.64%
  • Dietary Fiber10 g35.71%
  • Total Sugars2 g
  • Added Sugars0 g0%
  • Protein9 g18%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)0 IU0%
  • Calcium67 mg5.15%
  • Iron3 mg16.67%
  • Potassium546 mg11.62%

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