With the sun hiding behind a thick blanket of clouds and a heavy fog lying over the neighborhood, I decided to bring some sunshine to the dinner-table! It didn’t hurt that I had this dinner planned out a week ago. 😉 Today just happened to be rainy and Sarah from slowthingsdown.wordpress.com just happened to have a black bean challenge. Double bonus!
First I shredded romaine lettuce and portioned it between two, large dinner plates. Next, I topped with some chopped green peppers, black beans, corn (you can use canned or — to cut down on the sodium — thaw some frozen corn and run hot water over it). I love the color contrast between the beans and the bright, yellow kernels!
Next I add the FUN ingredients. Surround the bed of lettuce with baked Doritos or corn chips so that they resemble a sun’s rays. Sprinkle the salad with shredded cheddar cheese. Hmmm, starting to look good! For the dressing, I mix 1 teaspoon of Cumin for every 1/2 cup of ranch dressing that I need. (You can add more if you like it extra spicy). Top the salad with chicken breasts that have been cut into bite-sized pieces and sautéed in a bit of olive oil. (I usually sprinkle the chicken with a bit of pepper). Drizzle a bit of dressing on the chicken pieces and serve the rest on the side for dipping.
Dig in!! 🙂