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Tortilla Chopped Salad with Black Bean Salsa and Ranch

Black Bean Tortilla Chopped Salad with Ranch
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Tortilla Chopped Salad

Black Bean Tortilla Chopped Salad with Ranch

Recipe At-A-Glance

Tortilla Chopped Salad is a hearty, vegetarian salad that is filling and satisfying enough to have for dinner.

Vegetarian
Ready in 10 minutes
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Does it mean you’ve unlocked some sort of adulthood merit badge when you can say with all seriousness that you totally love salads? You would have almost never caught me ordering a salad in a restaurant when I was in high school or college or heck, even a few years ago. But now, I make a beeline for the salad section of the menu whenever I’m out. Especially if they offer big, beautiful bowls of dinner salads.

I love salads that are hearty, filling, and delicious—and creative! I’m not interested in a bowl of iceberg lettuce with some pink tomatoes. Give me interesting, complicated layers of flavor in that salad bowl! With my newish-found love of salads, I’ve been really working on upping my at-home salad making game.

I have to be honest, a lot of my at-home salads in the past years have been solely utilitarian. A dinner needed some veggies, so I tossed some greens in a bowl and threw some dressing on top of it. Then I hurry up and scarfed through it first so I could get to the really good stuff. What a sad state of salad affairs.

Black Bean Tortilla Chopped Salad with Ranch

Now I know that homemade salads can be so much more than just obligatory. They can be complex and hearty and satisfying and totally worthy of the limelight. Man, I love me a good salad. I think the key to making a main stage salad is all about finding balance. Balance in flavors. Balance in textures. Balance in nutrition. You want every bite to be full of interest—and a salad done right can provide that kind of interest unlike any other type of dish.

Black Bean Tortilla Chopped Salad with Ranch

This tortilla chopped salad was inspired by one of the first salads I actually learned to love—a giant Latin-flavored chopped salad from a little restaurant across the street from my dorm in college. It was probably the first time I realized that salads can be so much more than just something my Mom put on the table at dinner (and that I didn’t eat).

That salad was impossibly huge (as restaurant portions tend to be) and came with roasted turkey breast. I’ve scaled down the size of my salad—it’s still huge, but you’ll be able to conquer it without unbuttoning your pants. And I left off the turkey. I love meat as much as the next omnivore, but I feel like this chopped salad really doesn’t need any meat. It’s packed full of healthy plant-based fats and protein, and it’s got enough heft on its own so that you’ll feel satisfied after eating it—even without the meat.

Black Bean Tortilla Chopped Salad with Ranch

I know ranch dressing’s reputation has taken a hit over the past few years (what, with people drowning their pizza-wrapped cheeseburgers in the stuff), but cool, creamy ranch is such a wonderful flavor complement to spicy foods—it really is a perfect way to dress a Latin-flavored salad like this one. The keys to doing ranch right—use it in moderation and find a dressing that is made up of real ingredients. Some of the bottles of ranch on store shelves have ingredients that are barely recognizable as food, if at all. Read your ingredients, people!

That’s why I’m totally loving the Marzetti® Simply Dressed® line of salad dressings right now. They have no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors. They are made with 100% “real” ingredients. Basically, they are pretty much what you’d make in your own kitchen if you made your own salad dressing—except more convenient because, you know, they’ve already made it for you.

Black Bean Tortilla Chopped Salad with Ranch

Just a little drizzle of the Simply Dressed Ranch on top of this chopped salad is all it needs to really set off the flavors. It’s not about covering up the flavor of vegetables, it’s about adding another wonderful layer of flavor and texture to your salad. It’s about taking your salad to the next level (I can’t believe I just typed that). This is a salad that I will happily eat even if I don’t have any veggie quotas to fill.

Enjoy!

Tortilla Chopped Salad with Black Bean Salsa and Ranch

Tortilla Chopped Salad with Black Bean Salsa and Ranch

Yield: 2 Salads
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Tortilla Chopped Salad is a hearty, vegetarian salad that is filling and satisfying enough to have for dinner.

Ingredients

For the Black Bean Salsa

  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1–14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1–10 ounce can tomatoes with chilies
  • 5 green onions, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup finely minced cilantro

For the Salad

  • 2 heads romaine, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ cup Marzetti® Zesty Jalapeno Tortilla Strips
  • ¼ cup Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the salsa ingredients and toss until well-combined. Set aside while you assemble the salads.
  2. Divide the salad ingredients between two large salad bowls. Add a big scoop of the salsa on top of each salad, and then drizzle half of the salad dressing onto each salad. Serving immediately.

Notes

You’ll probably have extra Black Bean Salsa leftover. Serve it up with tortilla chips for a snack the next day!

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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256 Responses
  1. Savita

    I just used the Marzetti balsamic to top off a salad of baby arugula, Asian pears, avocado, and gorgonzola. So good!!

  2. Alaina

    These really are the best dressings! I love the greek feta one with some romaine, hummus, cukes and tomatoes. The strawberry poppyseed is perfect for this time of year – so fresh tasting and delicious! I like it with greens, goat cheese, walnuts and fresh strawberries. Yum! Makes me want to eat all the lettuce!

  3. Lori

    I’ve always wondered about whether or not there was a healthy version of ranch dressing! Thanks for the tip about Marzetti products Cassie.

  4. Ahhh! This reminds me of my favorite (turkey) tortilla salad (which, as a vegetarian, I would always order sans turkey) from Lennie’s. The best! 🙂

  5. Julie Wood

    I love your healthy salad! I am going to make it. I am going to use the all natural Ranch dressing to make my Cold Chicken Pasta salad that I make this time of the year! This Marzetti dressing is the best tasting!

  6. Megan Wilds

    Love salads like this! We have a very similar version in our home that makes a dinner appearance every week or so. I’m a huge ranch lover, but have cut back since it’s so unhealthy, though I’ll have to give this brand a shot!

  7. We have been putting ranch on our Latin salads for years! My husband does a combo of ranch, sour cream and tapatio, plus salsa and YUM! Looking forward to trying the Marzetti!

  8. Lauren

    Note to self…don’t read blog with delicious recipes and food pics an hour before lunch break. Ah but it looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing about the new dressing. I like that it appears to be a smaller size too. That means there is less waste without preservatives when it’s just for me.

  9. Joanna C

    I would love to try this salad with this dressing, sounds awesome! I can’t remember how far you are from a Trader Joe’s or if you ever shop there, but they have a frozen roasted corn that is awesome!

  10. Natalie

    I would marinate chicken using the Marzetti ginger sesame simply dressed salad dressing to make a Asian chicken wrap with bell peppers and broccoli slaw. I would then use the dressing as a dip for the wrap.

  11. Ashley B C

    I wish I had seen this post yesterday before purchasing a bottle of the usual store stocked ranch dressing! I’ve been jamming on my own ranch recipe for the past year, but I’ve got a bunch of veggies languishing in my fridge and needed a quick and easy way to scarf them down.for dinner with no fuss (5 month old at home, day of no a/c at work = no additional effort desired). I just looked at the ingredient list and nutrition info on their website, and this looks soooo much better then what I bought..

  12. Jessie C.

    I would use the dressing to make salmon teriyaki with sesame scallion soba noodles for my family.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  13. Shoshana

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would first try Marzetti’s Ranch as a dip for veggies…a healthy update for a childhood classic!

  14. Wanda McHenry

    What a wonderful looking salad. I buy Marzetti dressings often, they are so fresh tasting compared to the regular shelf brands.

  15. April

    I adore salads – since I am an unusually picky eater, I tend to eat more and more salads every day for lunch. Because my work cafeteria’s food isn’t generally to my tastes, I use their salad bar frequently and find myself adding things I’d never have thought to add before just to add in a bit of protein and fats to make it a filling meal.

    I could see myself bringing this dressing to work with me as I use only their oil and vinegar (the others are so full of sugar and other things I can’t pronounce that I don’t eat them).

  16. Cynthia C

    Salads are my go-to easy meal, especially in summer. I would like to try the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad Dressing on a fresh fruit salad.

  17. Margaret Smith

    I’d love to make chicken caesar salad with Romaine, Tomato, carrots, radish, cooked chicken croutons and Marzetti Caesar dressing. Thanks so much.

  18. Rosanne Morrison

    I had to print out this recipe it looked so good. I don’t like to cook but this looks easy and doable

  19. mickeyfan

    I am with you…there is nothing quite like a great salad. I like the fact that these dressings have REAL ingredients.

  20. Samantha Daleo

    Marzetti is my favorite! We have salads every night with dinner and love to try the different selections they offer. This one looks great!

  21. Michelle K

    i’m a big fan of Marzetti dressing, the blue cheese especially. We buy it all the time. There’s usually coupons in the Sunday newspaper too

  22. cynthia Dawson

    My daughter has been enjoying her carrot and celery sticks with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® refrigerated salad dressing!

  23. Sarah W

    I have a recipe similar to this, but this seems to have a little more “oomph.” I’m definitely pinning and trying!

  24. Michelle H.

    I would visit my fresh produce section and choose the veggies, berries, and seeds that I love in my salads and top it with this dressing.

  25. I would use the Light Veggie Ranch Dressing on a wedge of cold iceburg lettuce and then coat it in veggie bacos and finely shredded cheddar cheese. MMMM!

  26. connie black

    I absolutely love this recipe. Glad I found this post, I have a picnic I have to take a dish to Tuesday and this just made it easy for me.

  27. Betty C

    I love ranch dressing, especially as a dip for fresh veggies. This salad look great so I’ll be trying it soon.

  28. Susie Perri

    My mother God Bless her she always loved your dressings and we always had them at her house. So I have continued that tradition and I serve them at my home too!!!

  29. Denise L

    Your salad looks so good! We have salads almost everyday and sometimes indulge in ranch. It;s nice to have a more natural alternative without having to make my own.

  30. Tabathia B

    I would add it to a salad using romaine lettuce, tomatoes and shredded rotisserie chicken

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  31. WHITNEY

    I would love to try the Marzetti ranch. I take a grilled chicken salad for lunch each day and would love to spice it up a bit.

  32. Cathy Truman

    We like to make salads with items from
    our garden, lettuce, onions, green peppers
    tomatoes and fresh corn off the cobb, this
    dressing would be perfect for our salads.

  33. Sarah L

    I enjoy a fresh salad with ingredients from my local Farmer’s Market. I like the Marzetti Simply Dressed Balsamic Vinaigrette.
    Thanks for the contest.

  34. Vicki D.

    I have used Marzetti Blue Cheese dressing before. It was really good and full of blue cheese chunks. I am going to make this Tortilla Chopped Salad. It really looks good.

  35. Laurie Emerson

    I love using ranch dressing in just about everything. My kids love it on their french fries and mashed potatoes.

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