Cinco de Mayo Dinner- Fresh Mexican Salad

With two children under three I am constantly cooking dinner in under 30 minutes, and with a child screaming at me. It sometimes has to be a quick, simple dinner. Of course there are special dinners- I love cooking those! The children are sleeping or being entertained by husband, and I can cook in peace. That is a treat. But on those ordinary days fresh mexican salad is an easy, yummy meal that my husband and I love!

Fresh Mexican Salad

For the dressing:                                                                                                                   1/2 cup salsa                                                                                                                               2 teaspoons red wine vinegar                                                                                             3/4 teaspoon sugar                                                                                                           Juice of 1/2 a lime divided                                                                                                       2 tablespoons olive oil                                                                                                         1/4 teaspoon salt                                                                                                                   1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the salad:                                                                                                                          3 cups lettuce- a combination of romaine and iceberg                                                 1/4 of a red onion chopped                                                                                                     1/2 cup corn frozen corn defrosted                                                                                   1/4 cup chopped fresh pineapple                                                                                       1/4 cup canned black beans drained                                                                                     1  avacado chopped                                                                                                           Juice of 1/2 a lime                                                                                                       optional 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro                                                                                 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese                                                                                     1/2 cup tortilla chips crunched

– Combine all of the salad ingredients with the dressing. Toss and serve.

Dinner is complete!
Dinner is complete!

It doesn’t get much easier than that! Here are some add in ideas: BBQ or saute chicken that is sprinkled with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Right after cooked top with some lime juice. Or you could add a different cheese- colby jack or cotija would be yummy. Also I love to grill the corn instead of using frozen corn. It takes longer but is so good. Put olive oil, salt and pepper on a husked corn ear. Grill till brown. Cut the corn from the cob and viola. It gives the corn a sweetness that is so good. You could also grill the pineapple.

This meal is so easy- it is great for weekday lunches, those essential quick meals or part of a delicious Cinco de Mayo feast. Hope you enjoy!

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