Saturday, March 10, 2012

Southwestern Chop Chop Veggie Salad

This salad has a sweet but tangy & zesty flavor.  The corn and the Jicama add the sweetness and the lime give it a lively flavor. It's perfect to serve with any kind of Mexican food, like
Chicken Tortilla Soup or Mexican Chicken Posole Stew , or anything else you can think of.  It 's very healthy and a great way to get people to eat their veggies.

Ok, so it DOES involve lots of chopping, but it ISN'T called "Chop Chop Salad" for nothing!
Really, it comes together quickly. Somehow I like chopping, it's mindless (just be careful) and what a great way to get all your aggressions out... oh, better scratch that, if sounds kind of scary!

This was intended as a salad, but I noticed that I served it many people used it as a salsa with their chips.  Whatever makes you happy, makes me happy.

In case you are not familiar with Jicama, the picture below shows only a half of one.  It's a big dull brown potato looking thing and it's probably with the tomatoes or potatoes away from the chilled areas.  It's got a slightly sweet, crunchy texture that this great for snacking on, and in salads. I love it...

This made quite a large amount of salad, so you may want to halve it if you don't need too much.

Serves about 8-10, but easy to make half recipe!

2 cups corn, thawed if using frozen
2 cups Jicama, diced
2 cups English cucumber, diced
1 bell pepper (orange, red or yellow is best- sweet & pretty)
2 jalapenos, seeded, and minced
1 carton grape tomatos, halved
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
2 limes, juiced
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 small can(s) sliced olives
1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1-2 tsp salt, or to taste

Chop the jicama, cucumber and the bell pepper in similar diced size.  Combine the chopped veggies with the corn, green onions, jalapenos, tomatoes and olives.  Add the olive oil and toss to coat.  Add seasonings and cilantro and toss again. Squeeze in the lime juice and toss again.  Let it sit for 15-20 minutes before serving... if you can wait!

Here are some other yummy veggie salads:
Southwestern Edamame Salad
Couscous Black Bean Salad
Lemon, Onion and Cucumber Salad 
Marinated Tofu and Edamame Salad
Orange, Fennel, Ginger & Arugula Salad

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