Taking the popular salad south of the border, this festive Mexican Cobb Salad includes a perfect balance of flavors and hearty textures in each bite. You won’t believe how easy this vegetarian-friendly version is to put together!
Toss Minute® Ready to Serve Cilantro Lime Rice together with a few simple mix-ins to create a satisfying vegetarian salad in a matter of minutes.
Heat rice according to package directions.
Transfer rice to serving dish. Arrange black beans, tomatoes, avocado and cooked corn on top of rice.
Drizzle with Italian dressing.
Add your favorite cheese to the salad. Try crumbled feta cheese, shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese.
To store remaining canned beans, drain, rinse and refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days.
According to legend, the Cobb salad is named after the hungry restaurant owner who threw a bunch of leftovers in a bowl because he wanted a late-night snack. So don’t be afraid to experiment, we weren’t! Other traditional Cobbs contain bacon and hard-boiled eggs, but we’ve added a Southwest spin with black beans and corn. Keep it vegetarian-friendly by mixing in some of our favorite cheeses— feta for tangy citrus notes, cheddar for a sharper, earthy option, or Monterey Jack for a more mild option.
If you’re craving meat or a taste for the classics, you can’t go wrong with crisp bacon, eggs or grilled chicken breast.
If you are looking for something similar but with a little more kick, check out this Spicy Rice Bean and Cheese Skillet, which combines all your favorite Mexican flavors.
Don’t be intimidated by all those options in the dressing aisle. All contain oil and vinegar, but vinaigrettes and dressings vary in seasoning, sweetness, and zest. Use this quick guide to find your favorite:
-Italian is a sweeter citrusy vinaigrette with bits of bell peppers. Note how the zesty dressing hits all the right notes in this creamy Caribbean Chicken meal.
-looking for something a little richer? Try ranch dressing or any other similar creamy option like blue cheese and bacon.
-If you are looking for something more tangy, the French vinaigrette has a bit of a bite thanks to the bold Dijon mustard. Legend says that this was the original dressing used by Cobb himself.
-If you want less zest, drizzle on a sweet lemon-honey vinaigrette. It will — you guessed it! — complement dishes that have both those elements, like in this fall-inspired Arugula, Pear and Multi-Grain Rice Salad.