So I’ve been staring at my computer screen for the past 20 minutes trying to come up with something super witty and clever to say to you all…
But the men’s US Olympic Swim trials are on.. and o-my-goodness I need to date a swimmer.
There are more 6-packs in that pool than bud lights in a frat house.
And do you know what the only thing is that might make this even better…?? Snacking on my Southwest Veggie Salad with some tortilla chips!
It’s like eating buffalo wings and watching the Super Bowl…popcorn and a movie… red wine and chocolate….speedos and salsa…
My family and friends have been making this veggie salad for as long as I can remember. It’s pretty much the only reason I still attend graduation parties…birthdays….Christmas… just kidding!! But seriously, Mom…the little’s brother’s birthday is coming up…
It’s one of my all-time favorites and will definitely be in attendance at next week’s 4th of July celebration! I’ve played around with the original recipe, boosting the nutrition profile a bit and freshened it up with some basil and oooo yessss, it is SO good! I like to eat it with tortilla chips but its just as good eaten as a side dish salad.
It’s a fantastic combo of red pepper, olives, avocado, black beans, green pepper, and basil; perfectly dressed in garlic, cider vinegar and lemon… did I forget anything??
I promise this one will be a hit!
Serves 10 people as a side dish (1 cup serving) , 20 as a dip (1/2 cup serving)
This can be made a day in advance, just omit the avocado and add right before serving.
- 2 red peppers, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 2 (2.25 oz) cans black olives, rinsed and drained, chopped
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups fresh corn (about 3 ears)
- 2 avocados, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Combine red pepper, green pepper, onion, olives, black beans, corn, avocados, and basil in a large bowl.
- To make the dressing – In a medium bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients.
- Pour dressing over vegetable mixture and gently toss to coat.
- Serve with tortilla chips.