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Southwest Salad

Soutwest Salad by the Cooking Dude

OK, I admit that the idea for this salad came from Jack-In-The-Box. But their salad was very good, and I made it at home for those who hadn't had it at JBox yet and got lots of complements. With quesadillas on the side, this recipe made a great and fairly light supper. Easy to fix, too.

You need tortilla chips to sprinkle over the salad, either out of a bag or home made. Obviously the bag is easier, and there are many chips to choose from. Get your favorite, and I'm sure it will work fine. If you fry up some on the spot, however, you will be very pleased with the results, whether you use corn or flour tortillas.

Here's a suggested list of ingredients for Southwest Salad; you know you can modify it to your own taste:

    torn lettuce, preferably iceberg
    chopped tomato
    pitted black olives
    red onion slivers
    chopped jalapeños (optional)
    chopped cilantro
    whole kernel corn
    canned black beans (preferably Bush's)
    ranch or blue cheese dressing
    tortilla strips or chips

Toss ingredients with dressing and top with tortilla chips. Serve with warm buttered tortillas or quesadillas.


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