Simplicity. Sometimes it can be seriously overlooked. This refreshingly light salad is one of our favorite meals on a hot summer day. Ingredients are usually on hand... no trips to the store for unusual ingredients, a big plus for us since we are 30 miles from the nearest grocery store. We like this as a dinner salad or a side salad for a Mexican meal. Don't underestimate the dressing. It is a key to the overall success of this family favorite. 6 servings for a side salad or 2 very large servings as a dinner. As an interesting option, try roasting the garbanzos before adding to the salad. NOTE: The time estimate is for one person preparation. If I attempt to assist, my wife tells me prep takes much longer. —MTDavids
What You'll Need
lettuce head, torn
medium carrots, chopped
green onions, chopped
celery stalks, chopped
radish, thinly sliced
large tomatoes, chopped
canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
medium cheddar cheese, cubed
medium cucumber, quartered lengthwise and sliced
large bag taco flavored chips
French or Catalina dressing
ranch salad dressing
chopped pickled jalapeno (optional)
Wash, dry, and prepare vegetables and place in a large salad bowl or serving bowls. Add beans and cheese. Toss well.
Place in serving bowls and crumble chips over salad or place on the side as pictured. Top with Catalina (or French) and ranch dressing to taste.
We like to mix the dressings together before serving, but they may be added separately to taste. If using the jalapeno, we recommend mixing it in with the dressings. Adds a nice little flavor kick.