Protein from animals is usually a higher quality than vegetable protein. This is not the case for this recipe, as the combination of cereal (corn) and kidney beans has increased the quality of the protein, making it an ideal vegetarian meal.

Variations: For a lower fat count omit avocado or omit tortilla strips for a plain salad.


Ingredients (makes 6 as a side dish)

  • TORTILLA STRIPS
  • 4 small white corn tortilla sheets
  • cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • DRESSING
  • ½ cup 99% fat-free French dressing
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar)
  • 1 tablespoon salt-reduced taco seasoning
  • SALAD
  • 6 cups cos lettuce
  • 1 large corn cob cooked
  • ½ cup shallots sliced
  • ¾ cup red capsicum thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 punnet cherry/grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 150g avocado flesh diced
  • 1 cup no-added-salt kidney beans washed and drained

Method

  1. Preheat oven 180ºC fan forced.
  2. Tortilla strips: Cut each sheet into ½cm thin strips, then cut strips in half.
  3. Place onto a flat baking tray that has been coated with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over top and bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown. Leave to one side to cool.
  5. Dressing: Whisk ingredients together until blended.
  6. To assemble salad: Cut lettuce into large chunks. Place onto a large flat dish or platter.
  7. Husk the corn, then using a large sharp knife, cut close to the core of the cob and slice corn kernels away
  8. Sprinkle all salad ingredients over lettuce. For a crisp salad, add dressing and tortilla strips just before serving.


  • I love vegetarian food. Thanks for the recipe.

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  • Looks like it would be super tasty!

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  • Annette’s recipes look and sound delicious – they also taste super cool!

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  • Nice recipe, although we’re not keen on dressings and would prefer wholemeal tortilla sheets above white corn tortilla sheets.

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  • This looks and sounds great.

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  • I love this. I’ve only recently included tortillas in my salads and love the texture, the crunch. Why has this taken me so long??

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  • This sounds delicious. The whole family will love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it out.

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  • please come over and make this for me for dinner – I am hungry and cannot be bothered doing anything more than boiling an egg!!

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  • The tortilla chips would add such an awesome texture to the salad! :)

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  • A wonderful recipe idea; looks fantastic!.

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  • Love this recipe, made it last night was so good

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  • oh wow this sounds so yummy, I love mexican food :)

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  • Great party food. Will be trying this.

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  • this looks really good. this idea has lots of flavour plus all the things that my kids will eat. i love the sound of this one!

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  • This sounds very Mexican but very tasty as well.

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