Not until we are lost do we begin
to understand ourselves -Thoreau
I didn’t realize how much I needed a creative outlet until I started writing this blog. I had a personal blog that I used post to on a very regular basis, but for a time I lost my voice. I am happy that I have found it again and am even happier to share tonight’s dinner. This morning I picked up my Bountiful Basket and immediately began dreaming up different ways that I could use it’s contents this week.
The lettuce was a no brainer. I knew that tonight we would be enjoying a BIG beautiful salad with crunchy french bread on the side. I have made a version of this dressing a couple of times, but since we had GORGEOUS organic avocados I decided to mix things up a bit and turn our regular “Southwest Ranch” into “Southwest Avocado Ranch”, and it was DELICIOUS!
If you ever bring home lettuce and it is a little wilty, don’t despair. There are several ways to bring that luscious goodness back to life. My favorite way is to wait until the day I am using it, chop it up into bite sized pieces, fill my salad spinner with ice cold water and let the lettuce soak while I chop up my other veggies. By the time the other ingredients are ready to go your lettuce will be crisp and cold, just the way it should be.
- 1 head lettuce chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 2 avocados diced
- 1/2 15.25 oz can corn drained
- 1/2 15.25 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
- 2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- crunchy tortilla strips
- bacon crumbles
- Chop lettuce and place in ice cold water within salad spinner.
- Meanwhile chop all other vegetables.
- Drain lettuce and spin until it is dry.
- Combine first seven ingredients and dressing.
- Top with tortilla strips and bacon crumbles. Enjoy!
- 1 pkg ranch dressing mix
- 1/2 pkg taco seasoning
- 1 ripe avocado
- milk and mayo as per ranch dressing instructions
- Cut and mash avocado.
- Prepare ranch dressing as per instructions on package.
- Combine dressing, avocado and taco seasoning.
- Chill for 30 minutes to allow it to thicken.
Oh, thanks! I didn’t see it, looks great 🙂
This looks terrific! I am assuming you would use Ranch Dressing on this. Do you use bottled or have a recipe for that you could share? Thanks for a simple, easy, yummy recipe!
We’re all in the process of getting used to this format. The dressing recipe is posted!