Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Southwestern Chopped Salad $4.65

This is one of my favorite salads to order when eating out, and I am thinking an easy salad to make, so I am going to give it a shot. At a local restaurant where I order the salad everytime I dine there, they get $12.95 for this salad and that is without chicken or shrimp. My challenge is the dressing, I think it is some form of Ranch, but something else is added to it to give it a southwestern bite. Im going to try some taco seasoning mix.
I'll let you know how it tastes.

Southwestern Chopped Salad  ($4.65)
1 lb romaine lettuce ($1.79)
1 cup black beans (.35)
1 cup corn (.50)
1 cup red peppers(diced) ($1)
1 cup broken tortilla chips (.30)
1 cup ranch dressing ($.60)

chop salad, add beans, corn, peppers, chips and dressing. toss together and serve.

Chicken, shrimp, beef, avoacodo, tofu, onion, tomato, all optional
Let me beat Barbara to the punch ... MMMMmmmm so good.  Refreshing and totally hit the spot for dinner tonight!  We added chicken and used the following dressing: 

Homemade Southwestern Ranch Dressing
1 cup Fit & Active Reduced Fat Ranch Dressing
2 Tablespoons StoneMill Essentials Taco Seasoning Mix (.11)

Stir to thoroughly combine ingredients - cover and refrigerate for a minimum 15 minutes to combine flavors.  A good solution to the dressing issue - use in the salad in place of the ranch dressing Barbara's described above!

I'm adding no cost on the chicken breast as I had froze it after making that chicken noodle soup a few weeks ago.  Probably if I were to put a price on it (as in freshly prepared frozen chicken), I'd go with $1.05 for a half pound of chicken.
P.S. I can't wait to see Barbara's picture to see what the restaurant version looks like compared to mine!

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