Meatless Monday - Another Remake of the Seven Layer Salad

Seven Layer Salad The Summer Picnic Season has begun!  This is another steal of a recipe and a remake of an old favorite, the Seven Layer Salad.   I liked the Salsa Finish on this one for a new twist.  I...

Seven Layer Salad
Seven Layer Salad

The Summer Picnic Season has begun!  This is another steal of a recipe and a remake of an old favorite, the Seven Layer Salad.   I liked the Salsa Finish on this one for a new twist.  I realize that this is a Retro Recipe that many might not remember.  The original recipe was layered with fat with cheeses, mayonnaise, bacon and eggs, but one I remember well from yester-year.

This version  has a Tex-Mex vibe for me, so I will suggest finishing with black olives and cilantro to keep with that theme.  This follows my mantra as Salad as the Main Course.

 

Salad as the Main Course
Salad as the Main Course

Seven Layer Salad with Creamy Salsa Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup your favorite mild or medium Salsa...
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt -

For the Salad:

  • 1 to 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced or chopped, your choice
  • 1/2 cup green olives sliced.  I would opt for black olives
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels (thawed from frozen or fresh from the cob - no need to cook)
  • 1 avocado, pit removed, peeled and chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (about 2 cups after slicing)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, dill, and/or basil, chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
  2. Assemble this salad in the layers as noted. A big beautiful glass bowl will showcase all of these healthy colorful choices.
  3. Top with some dressing and leave the remains in a small pitcher or bowl.

Enjoy!

Here is a single serving idea.  Portable for a picnic.

A single serving
A single serving idea

What is your favorite summer side now that Summer is here?