It’s been a long, hot summer pretty much everywhere. And it’s not over yet. (😅) In times like these, we turn to food for a bit of comfort. A nice, fresh salad like this Southwest Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing will fill you up without weighing you down in the summer heat.

We’re taking cues from the traditional flavors of the American southwest: avocado, cotija, jalapeño, and Local Hive Southwest Honey. A drizzle of honey in the dressing really ties the entire salad together. Whisk up that lime and honey just right, and you’ll never go back to store-bought dressings again.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

DRESSING:

Zest of 1 lime

1/4 cup fresh lime juice, roughly 2 limes

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 shallot, finely chopped

2 tbsp Local Hive Southwest Honey (link: https://shop.localhivehoney.com/collections/frontpage/products/local-southwest-1?variant=8290301083735)

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

SALAD:

4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 cup frozen corn, thawed, rinsed and drained

1 avocado, diced

1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely diced

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup cotija cheese

 

Instructions

DRESSING:

Whisk together lime zest, lime juice, garlic cloves, shallot and Local Hive Southwest Honey (link: https://shop.localhivehoney.com/collections/frontpage/products/local-southwest-1?variant=8290301083735) in a medium bowl. Add olive oil while whisking until completely mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until serving.

 

SALAD:

Drain frozen corn under lukewarm water; do not defrost. Combine lettuce, black beans, red bell pepper, corn, jalapeño, tomatoes, and cilantro in a large bowl. Top with avocado and cotija just before serving. Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

 

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