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24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad

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24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad

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  • Makes: 8 to 10 servings
  • Yield: 8 to 10 side-dish salads
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Chill 6 hrs to 24 hrs

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This layered salad, full of beans, ham, vegetables, and cheese, is great for entertaining. Serve it in a clear glass bowl so people can see all the layers.


  • 6 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 1 15 - ounce can black beans, black-eyed peas, or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 10 - ounce package frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup chopped red, green, and/or yellow sweet pepper
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed jicama or shredded carrot
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham or chicken
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers, shredded (1 cup)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1 8 - ounce carton dairy sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or parsley


  1. Place 3 cups of the lettuce in the bottom of a 3-quart clear salad bowl. Layer ingredients in the following order: black beans, tomatoes, frozen corn, sweet pepper, jicama, remaining lettuce, ham, green onions, and cheese.
  2. For Dressing: In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, and chili powder. Spoon dressing over salad, sealing to edge of bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours.
  3. To serve, garnish with radish slices and sprinkle with cilantro. Toss lightly to coat evenly to serve. Makes 8 to 10 side-dish salads.

Nutrition Facts

(24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad)

Servings Per Recipe 8, carb. (g) 23, pro. (g) 13, chol. (mg) 45, Fat, total (g) 35, iron (mg) 2, sat. fat (g) 10, vit. C (mg) 54, vit. A (IU) 1992, sodium (mg) 625, calcium (mg) 172, fiber (g) 5, cal. (kcal) 443

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