National Salad Month: Festive Salads for your Fiesta

Sombreros, festive maracas, fiesta table clothes and delicious food are all signs of a perfect Cinco de Mayo celebration. Hosting this celebration can include a menu full of flavorful items. Whether you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo or planning a festive party, you’ll love these salads with a spicy kick all month long.

Roasted Pacific Salmon and Mexican Bean Salad

Seafood is always a great option for a lighter meal choice. Include this Roasted Pacific Salmon and Mexican Bean Salad to your festive serving dish. Start by mixing ground cumin, cardamom, coriander seeds, sea salt, chili pepper and cinnamon. Then in a large bowl, sprinkle the mixture over the fillets of fish. Bake your salmon until it is done and easily flakes. Place fish aside to cool. In a separate dish, carefully mix black beans, brown rice, corn, tomatoes, seedless cucumbers, scallions, cilantro, green and jalapeno peppers with vinaigrette dressing. Serve your bean and rice mixture with salmon and mesclun salad greens.

Mexican Corn & Rice Salad with Jumbo Shrimp

It wouldn’t be a fiesta party without an appetizing rice dish. Give a new meaning to rice salad with our tasty Mexican Corn & Rice Salad with Jumbo Shrimp. In a large pot, combine brown rice, corn, red and green peppers, scallions and olives. Then, whisk together salsa, olive oil, lime juice and cumin. After, pour over rice mixture to be tossed thoroughly. Once you rice mixture has been chilled top with half slices of jumbo shrimp.

 

Vegetarian Ranch Taco Salad

If you’re a ranch lover then you’ll love this Vegetarian Ranch Taco Salad as a scrumptious selection on your menu. Begin by combining dry ranch salad dressing mix, taco seasoning, mayonnaise and milk into a mixing bowl of your choice. Once your mix is well blended set aside. Next, in a large salad bowl, combine salad greens, cilantro, jicama, beans and mango. Pour on your dressing and top with peanuts, lime wedges and tortilla chips. Wash down this salad with a refreshing sangrita.