Mexican Chopped Salad

Ingredients for the Dressing:
1/4 c. Honey Pepper Vinegar
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 clove Imperial Black Garlic, mashed
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. Persian Lime Olive Oil
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sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Ingredients for the Tortilla Strips:
6 - 6 inch corn tortillas
1 1/2 Tbsp. Cilantro & Red Onion Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Ingredients for the Salad:
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 of a red onion, diced
1/2 of a jicama, peeled and diced
4 tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 ears of corn (if fresh corn is not in season, use 1 1/2 c. frozen sweet corn)
1 1/2 c. black beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions:
Combine first 5 dressing ingredients and in a slow, steady stream add Cilantro & Red Onion Olive Oil, stirring continuously with a whisk. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400F. Stack tortillas and cut into 1/4 inch strips. Place strips on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Bake 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

If using fresh corn on the cob, it must be cooked and cut off the cob. Frozen corn should be thawed. Combine corn with other salad ingredients and drizzle with dressing. Toss to coat and serve with tortilla strips.

Tested in Mexican Cooking Class

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