Quick N Easy Summer Fiesta Salad

2-4 Salads
20 min

Summer means days at the beach or out on a bike ride...so it means food that is quick, easy, delicious, light...and YUMMY! Confession: I am often at Trader Joe's hunting for fun new products, so I'm forever experimenting in my recipes. This recipe gets some of its most important flavors from two items from Trader Joe's: their Organic Corn Dippers and their Corn Salsa. If you've got a Trader Joe's near you, try these for a quick and healthy delicious summer time meal!

I like to serve this salad with ranch, but you could mix it up with other dressing options!

One trick for serving salads is in the presentation: for this salad, I used a pie-wedge presentation.

For this presentation style, you could mix up your ingredient list (I often will also add avocado), but make sure that you alternate the colors of the ingredients...for instance, for this salad, I added diced tomato for flavor and for color between my cheese and crushed corn dippers!

I also added diced red onion for color and flavor, but if this is too spicy for your palette, switch it our for avocado or cucumber!

Quick N Easy Summer Fiesta Salad
Recipe details
  • 2-4  Salads
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • Protein of Choice (I used shaved beef, but chicken is yummy too)
  • Olive oil and butter to cook your protein
  • Romaine salad mix
  • Trader Joe's Corn Dippers
  • Trader Joe's Corn Salsa
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Red Onion, Diced
  • Tomato, Diced
  • Ranch Dressing
Cook your protein. I used shaved beef seasoned with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Since I was making two wraps, I used a tablespoon of butter and 2 tbsps of olive oil. Heat over medium in a medium frying pan. Once melted, add your protein in a single layer and cook.
Arrange your lettuce in a base layer in salad bowls.
Prep any of your toppings that need it - dice tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, and/or avocados if using. *At the minimum, I use corn dippers, cheese, and protein for this salad when I'm really in a hurry!
Begin adding your toppings, making wedges as you go (see pictures). The amount that you add will depend on the size of bowl you use to serve the salad - I like to make my ingredients roughly match in the amount of area they take up in the bowl - this is more aesthetically pleasing for serving!
Working in a clockwise direction, add each ingredient so the colors alternate - I added cheese, then tomatoes, then corn dippers, then red onion, then corn salsa, then my protein.
Drizzle with ranch (or dressing of choice)!
  • When serving, it's always important to think in terms of aesthetics! For these salads, I think about alternating the colors of my ingredients as well as using similar space to serve!
Jessica | Better with Buttermilk
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