How To Make Hearts of Romaine Salad with Pico de Gallo and Avocado Dressing
Create a unique romaine salad for lunch today! Served over spicy black beans, it’s tossed in a delicious pico de gallo and avocado dressing for a more wholesome plate.
Cherry Tomato Pico de Gallo:
In a medium bowl, toss together the cherry tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt.
Set aside to marinate.
Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Dressing:
In a food processor or quality blender, combine the avocado flesh, lime juice, cilantro, red pepper flakes and salt.
Blend while drizzling in the water and olive oil.
Continue to blend until the dressing is smooth and creamy.
Spicy Black Beans:
In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat.
Sauté the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes, then add the cumin, and sauté for another minute.
Pour in a can of the black beans with all of its cooking liquid.
Drain the other can, reserving the juices for later, if necessary.
Pour the remaining beans into the pan, then stir in the chili powder and cayenne pepper.
Turn up the heat to medium-high, then simmer the beans for 7 to 10 minutes.
Use a fork or the back of a wooden spoon to mash up about ½ of the beans.
Reduce the heat as necessary and add more of the cooking liquid if the mixture is dry.
Remove the beans from the heat, then stir in the sherry vinegar and salt to taste.
Place a generous amount of beans on a salad plate, then top the beans with a romaine half.
Spread several spoonfuls of avocado sauce over the romaine, then top it with pico de gallo.
Garnish with toasted pepitas or crumbled feta cheese, if desired, serve, and enjoy!
- Calories: 945.45kcal
- Fat: 24.35g
- Saturated Fat: 3.76g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 14.90g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.92g
- Carbohydrates: 144.25g
- Fiber: 40.45g
- Sugar: 10.28g
- Protein: 47.37g
- Sodium: 1301.08mg
- Calcium: 333.31mg
- Potassium: 3887.67mg
- Iron: 12.61mg
- Vitamin A: 606.01µg
- Vitamin C: 40.77mg
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