Southwest Salad

As I am back in the Southwest, I suppose this is as good of a time as any to introduce to you one of my go-to salads.  It's very easy to make.  The biggest prep is the beans. If you go the dried beans route like I do, they will require pre-soaking and a fair amount of cooking time. Personally, I prefer the quick-soak method where I bring the beans to a boil for a few minutes. Then I turn off the heat and allow the beans to soak. At least an hour later, dump the water and cook the beans with fresh water.

It should be noted that this salad can be made using different ingredients. If you want, try substituting different beans, different lettuce, whichever cheese you prefer or a different dried fruit. I also can't really give precise amounts because I always eye ball it and you can make as large or small a salad as you'd like.

Southwest salad


  • Butter Lettuce
  • Soft cheese of choice (shredded or cut into thin strips)
  • Black beans
  • Frozen corn
  • Goji berries

*Before you want to eat: Be sure to pre-soak and cook your beans.*

Wash and rip your lettuce leaves into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle shredded cheese or place the thin strips of cheese on top of lettuce.

Either finish cooking beans or reheat precooked beans. Add frozen corn and cook for an additional few minutes. While piping hot, use a slotted spoon to put the bean-corn mixture on top of the cheese on the lettuce.  This will melt the cheese and give the salad excellent flavor.

Allow the beans and corn to cool for a few minutes and then top with goji berries.


Katie Dawn Habib

Katie Dawn Habib is a Holistic Nutrition Coach with a M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health. By combining her nutrition knowledge with a love of writing, Katie created her own website, The Hungry Gypsy, where she talks about food, nutrition, wellness and travel. On her site you can also find information about her nutrition coaching practice and join in on the conversations. Katie would like to contribute in some small way to global healing and help her clients and readers feel inspired.