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 it is to put this vegetarian-friendly Cobb 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 a serving dish. Arrange black beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado on top of rice.
Drizzle the salad with dressing.
For added flavor, garnish this salad with your favorite cheese. Try crumbled feta cheese, shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar.
To store remaining canned beans, drain, rinse and refrigerate them in airtight container for up to 2 days.
According to legend, the Cobb salad is named after a hungry restaurant owner named Bob Cobb, who threw a bunch of leftovers in a bowl because he wanted a late-night snack. So don’t be afraid to experiment! Though traditional Cobbs contain bacon and hard-boiled eggs, 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 notes, Cheddar for a sharper, earthy option, or Monterey Jack for milder flavor.
If you’re craving meat or a taste for the classics, you can’t go wrong with crisp bacon, eggs or grilled chicken breast on your Cobb.
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 into one dish.
Don’t be intimidated by all those options in the salad dressing aisle. All dressings contain oil and vinegar, but vary in seasoning, sweetness, and zest. Use this quick guide to find your favorite:
-Italian is generally a sweeter, citrusy vinaigrette with bits of bell peppers. This type of 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 similarly creamy option, like blue cheese and bacon.
-If you’re looking for something tangier, French vinaigrette has a bit of a bite thanks to 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 qualities, like this fall-inspired Arugula, Pear and Multi-Grain Rice Salad.