Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons Recipe

photo by Taste of HomeInspired by southwestern and tropical cuisine, this salad is substantial enough for a meal thanks to the filling black beans and avocado. Overflowing with fresh flavors and a rainbow of colors — orange, yellow, green — that are ready to do your body good!  I created this beautiful salad several years ago and Taste of Home thought it was such a stunner, they put it smack on the front of the magazine. It’s the first time I’ve ever been a cover girl!

Tropical Fusion Salad with Spicy Tortilla Ribbons Recipe

  • 2 cups cubed peeled papaya
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 serrano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chili pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 corn tortillas (6 inches), cut into 1/4-inch strips

In a large bowl, combine the papaya, beans, avocado, corn, raisins, peppers, cilantro, orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper, sugar and salt.

Place tortilla strips on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining chili pepper. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until crisp. Serve with salad. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups salad with about 10 tortilla ribbons equals 321 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 380 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 9 g protein.

Originally published in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p53.


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