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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Tex-Mex Layered Salad

1 ½ cups bottled ranch salad dressing or reduced-fat sour cream
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 4 medium)
8 scallions, both white and green parts, chopped (1 cup)
1 10-oz pkg iceberg lettuce salad
1 pkg (8 oz or 2 cups) shredded Mexican-style cheese (the Kraft definition of Mexican cheese--a mix of cheddar and Monterey Jack)
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (11 oz) yellow corn with peppers, drained (Mexicorn)
4 cups crumbled corn bread (make with a mix or buy cornbread)

Place salad dressing, cilantro, cumin, and lime juice in a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine, and set dressing aside. Place tomatoes and scallions in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Prepare the garnish: Set aside in small containers ½ cup each of lettuce and cheese, and ¼ cup each of beans, corn, tomato, and scallion mixture. You will use them at the end.

Place half of remaining lettuce salad in bottom of 4-quart serving bowl or trifle dish. Then, scatter 2 cups of corn bread on top of lettuce. Pour ½ cup salad dressing mixture over corn bread. Place half of remaining black beans on top of the corn bread, then add half of the remaining corn. Sprinkle ¾ cup remaining cheese over layer of corn. Place rest of lettuce on top of corn. Place remaining 2 cups of corn bread on top of lettuce. Pour ½ cup of salad dressing over corn bread. Layer rest of beans on top of corn bread, followed by a layer of corn kernels, then rest of cheese. Pour the remaining ½ cup dressing over cheese and scatter rest of tomato and scallion mixture on top.

Garnish salad by creating an attractive pattern using the ingredients set aside. Arrange lettuce in a ring around out edge of salad. Arrange cheese in a ring inside lettuce. Fill center of cheese with beans. Place corn on top of beans. Pile remaining tomato and scallion mixture on top of corn. Serve salad at once or cover bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days.



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