Most layered salads recipes are aimed at groups and served in large glass bowls. Yet layered salads are an easy make ahead for the evening meal — in a smaller quantity. This one makes four servings of about 1 and ¼ cups for a meal. Or if you serve it with a meat dish it will serve 6 with ¾ cup sized portions. For this size salad, a glass 8×8 pan is the perfect size. I have a vintage covered refrigerator dish that works great!
Use any sturdy lettuce or lettuce mix as the base – iceberg, romaine,etc. A 12 ounce package seems to be the norm, but a 16 ounce package will also work with the proportions above. Feel free to up the amount of taco seasoning for more kick. 1 teaspoon is very mild, 2 teaspoons is medium and 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) makes the flavor pop! Wait till the last minute to add the tortilla chips so they stay crunchy. Wheels and Bytes like to have extra chips to moosh on their plates as a foundation to top with the salad. Avacado is optional, but if you choose to use it, add it at the last minute as well so it doesn’t turn brown. My personal feeling is that anything that smooth and silky should have a superb chocolate flavor so why bother just to end up with the disappointing avocado non-flavor. 🙂
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp taco seasoning mix
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 12 ounce package lettuce
- ½ cup sliced onion
- 1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese
- ½ cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 cup broken tortilla chips
- Optional: avocado
- Mix mayo, sour cream and taco seasoning mix and set aside
- Layer lettuce, onion, beans, tomatoes and cheese in 8x8 glass container
- Spread dressing mixture over salad.
- Cover and refrigerate at least two hours or overnight.
- Crush tortilla chips and sprinkle over the top of the salad just before serving.
- Optional, dice avocado and add to top of salad before serving.
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