Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Monday, July 30, 2018
Another sensational main-dish salad for those hot days
(Photo above is from Taste of Home. My salad was not as pretty as theirs but it sure tasted good.)
Things continue hot, humid and showery in the Granite State. Cool main-dish salads are the order of the day at our house. We have old favorites but are always happy to try out a new salad recipe.
I tried this recipe Friday night: Cobb Salad with Chili Lime Dressing. I found it while browsing through a 2009 summer issue of Simple and Delicious magazine and decided to try it, since I had everything on hand that I needed (other than salad greens, and I was grocery shopping that day).
I did change up a few things. I left out the raw onion as we just don't enjoy them in salads. I left out the shredded cheese also, since chicken and beans provided plenty of protein.
Some reviewers on the Taste of Home site said that they swapped out black beans for the kidney beans. I just used the light red kidney beans and they were delicious in the salad. I would think just about any type of bean would be good in this.
The chili lime dressing is fantastic. I changed a few things there too. Didn't have quite enough sour cream, so added a few tablespoons of mayo to make up the difference. I didn't want to mess about with a blender, so I left out the canned green chiles and substituted an equivalent amount of salsa verde. And I used the squeezable cilantro paste from Gourmet Garden -- always my go-to when recipes call for fresh cilantro. I find that the fresh stuff goes bad far too quickly.
We loved this salad. My hubby declared it "one of those meals that I could eat and eat." This will definitely be going into our rotation of main-dish summer salads!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.