Southwestern Cobb Salad

Put a southwestern spin on the traditional Cobb salad with this platter of inviting ingredients. Family members or dinner guests can make their salads just the way they like them.

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3-4)
  •  Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3   hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 1   avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) torn romaine lettuce (8 cups)
  • 1/4 small red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 6 slices bacon, crisply cooked and cut up (optional)

Directions

  1. For dressing, pour milk into Measure, Mix, & Pour®. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and seasoning mix; mix until well blended. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

  2. Meanwhile, for salad, season chicken breasts with salt and black pepper. Heat oil in (10-in.) Skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breasts; cook 5-7 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken from skillet; cool slightly. Cut chicken diagonally into thin strips using Chef's Knife. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to assemble salad.

  3. Prepare hard-cooked eggs as directed in Cook's Tip. Slice eggs using Egg Slicer Plus®. Cut avocado in half; remove pit and peel. Cut avocado into 1/2-inch cubes and dice bell pepper. Drain and rinse beans in small Stainless Mesh Colander.

  4. Place lettuce in serving bowl. Slice onion into thin wedges; toss with lettuce. Arrange remaining salad ingredients in rows on Oval Platter. To serve, top lettuce with salad ingredients using Bamboo Salad Tongs. Drizzle with dressing.

Yield:

  • 6  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 350, Total Fat 21 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 170 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Protein 26 g, Sodium 360 mg, Fiber 7 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1/2 starch, 4 meat, 2 fat (1/2 carb)

Cook's Tips:

To prepare hard-cooked eggs, place eggs in (1.5-qt.) Saucepan. Cover with water about 1 inch above eggs. Bring water to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and let stand 20 minutes. Immediately run cold water into pan to cool eggs. Peel shells.

Toss cubed avocado with a little fresh lime juice to prevent it from turning brown.

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