Make Ahead

Not Sad Lunch - NachosΒ Salad

June 29, 2018
Photo by Nancy
Author Notes

Sometimes you accidentally come up with a perfectly balanced dish and that's what happened here. I had nachos ingredients around, and later made them, as planned. But before/instead of doing that, I made a salad. Good for eating at home or carrying to work. Keeps at least 5 hours at room temp, probably longer. Lasts about 2 days in fridge without dressing. And obviously, you can still have the corn chips as your starchy side :) —Nancy

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • 2 cups black beans, canned or cooked, drained (500g)
  • 8 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded (200g)
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe beefsteak tomato, chopped (300g)
  • 1 1/2 cups English or other seedless cucumber, chopped (150g)
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet pepper, any color except green, chopped (225g)
  • 3-6 ounces Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, shredded or diced (100-200g)
  • 2-4 whole limes
  • to taste cumin or coriander seeds, ground
  • to taste freshly ground pepper, black or multicolor
  • to taste sea salt
  • optional olive oil, extra virgin
  • garnish avocado, chiles, sour cream or thick yogurt and/or black brined olives
  • serve with Chilled lager (NSFW) or club soda
  • serve with Corn chips
In This Recipe
  1. Chop the lettuce and line 4 bowls or containers (each able to hold 4 cups) with it. Dice or coarsely chop the tomato, cucumber and pepper. Mix, divide in four and spoon over the lettuce.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans. Divide in four and spoon over the vegetables.
  3. Shred or chop the cheese & sprinkle on top. Season to taste.
  4. To serve immediately, squeeze juice of 1/2 to 1 lime over each bowl/container. Olive oil is optional - if using, add it now. Garnish with avocado, sour cream or what you like. Mix, serve with corn chips, club soda and/or good chilled lager.
  5. To serve later, store undressed, covered, in fridge if possible or room temp if not. Finish as in Step 4 - lime juice, optional oil, garnishes; then serve with corn chips and drinks.

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