Crafted from the meal version of the eminent 7-layer dip, this salad is crammed with delicious layers of crisp lettuce, cheese, olives, and avocado. A source of protein is brought forth by black beans, which you have the option of mixing with corn kernels for added sweetness.

Ingredients

Dressing

½ avocado, peeled and pitted

1 small jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and chopped

¾ cup packed fresh cilantro

¼ cup fresh lime juice

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp raw honey

1 small clove garlic, chopped

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

 

Salad

2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped (about 8 cups)

1 15-oz BPA-free can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced

1 cup sliced pitted black olives

4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated

½ cup all-natural jarred salsa

⅓ cup sliced red onions

2 cups whole-grain tortilla chips

 

Preparation

  1. Prepare dressing: In a blender or food processor, process avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, honey, and garlic until well combined. With motor running, drizzle in oil through feed tube until dressing is mixed and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

Note: This recipe makes more dressing than you’ll need. Use the desired amount then refrigerate the rest for salads throughout the week.

  1. Assemble salad: Spread ¾ of lettuce over the bottom of a serving platter. Over lettuce, spread beans, avocado, olives, cheese, salsa, onions and remaining ¼ of lettuce, placing ingredients in defined, decorative lines. Drizzle about ¼ cup dressing over top; serve with remaining dressing and tortilla chips on the side.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
  • Calories: 629
  • Carbohydrate Content: 43g
  • Cholesterol Content: 28mg
  • Fat Content: 45g
  • Fiber Content: 5g
  • Protein Content: 17g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 10g
  • Sodium Content: 825mg
  • Sugar Content: 4g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 28g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 4g

 

Source: www.cleaneatingmag.com