The World’s Most Versatile Salad

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  • Full entree salad: Just serve as is over a plate of fresh greens and a few slices of avocado.
  • Hot entree: Serve over brown rice or braised greens, with extra hot sauce on the side.
  • Make it a taco: Warm and serve in a corn tortilla with a dollop of Chipotle Crema (1 T. chipotle chopped into 1 c. plain Greek yogurt).
  • Make it a dip: Serve up at a party with tortilla chips for scooping it up.

Whatever floats your boat, this refreshing summer recipe is worth keeping on hand.

Aztec Salad

Aztec Salad

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This salad will please all your senses, and leftovers are just as good as the fresh meal! Serve it as an entree over a mound of fresh summer greens or as a salsa with whole grain tortilla chips. Sliced avocado makes a tasty topping, rich with healthy fats. Serve with extra hot sauce on the side to please those guests who like a little kick with their bean salads.

Servings: 8 (210 g )

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 25 min.


  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Toss all ingredients together thoroughly. Refrigerate to let flavor combine (15 minutes to 24 hours).