Mexican Chopped Salad Recipe and Whole Foods Shopping

Whole Foods is an amazing grocery store! I love to go there and look at everything. Everything is displayed so beautifully it is a food lovers paradise. Yes, I know that groceries there can be quite pricey. Therefore, I am selective about what I buy. I have found that their store brand 365 items are quite reasonable. Watch the ads and buy things when they have them on sale. Before we had a Whole Foods in our town I would drive about 22 miles to the nearest one once a month and take my cooler to stock up. Here is what I bought this week.

I bought the vanilla flavored So Delicious coconut creamer and it is very good. I wouldn’t use it everyday but for my decaf dessert coffee it is perfect! The coconut water I use in some of my fruit and kale smoothies. Hubby Tom wanted some flavored yogurts for snacks. Son David loves raspberries and they were on sale so I snagged him a couple containers. They have a garbage can next to the corn on the cob display so you can shuck the corn right there, I love that! The black beans, limes, jicama and radishes went into the salad recipe I am going to share with  you. The dates are for a recipe I want to try but at the moment I can’t remember what it was. Sometimes I have brain fade! The brown rice crisps are like rice krispies but healthier. I like to sprinkle them on yogurt or sometimes I make snack bars with them. The mushrooms and the whole grain wrap were turned into a pizza that TJ from TJ’s Test Kitchen inspired me to make. TJ posts a lot of healthy Weight Watcher friendly recipes, check out her blog. If you don’t already follower her you should! The sprouted buns are perfect for veggie, turkey or Boca burgers.

Have you ever purchased the canned corn from Trader Joe’? It is the best canned corn ever, this stuff tastes like fresh corn on the cob. Perfect for using in recipes, especially when fresh corn is not in season. Or if like me you want to save the fresh stuff to cook on the bar b que.

I print hard copies of recipes that I find on the internet and I have a huge stack of them in my “to try” pile. This Mexican Chopped Salad recipe has been on mind for a while now and with our triple digit weather this week I needed something cool and refreshing for dinner. Hubby Tom and I loved the flavor combination in this dressing. Fresh lime juice, olive oil, fresh cilantro, garlic, honey and my addition of ground cumin made for the perfect salad dressing.

The wonderful crunch provided by all the fresh chopped veggies, black beans and corn, made this salad satisfying and full of natural fiber.  This will be a salad that I will be making again. It would be perfect for a pot luck. Just wait to dress the salad right before serving.

It is such a pretty salad too.

I had some leftover chicken that hubby had cooked on the bar b que grill, so I chopped it up and sprinkled it on top. It took this from being a side salad to an entrée!



  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce (the original recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and well drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped seeded tomato or little salad tomatoes cut in half
  • 3/4 cup chopped peeled jicama
  • 3/4 cup fresh corn kernels, uncooked (or frozen or canned)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes and, 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • Half a ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (I used a yellow pepper)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese (I forgot about the cheese until after we ate)

Honey-Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (I used 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey( I used Agave Nectar)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro (or more to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño pepper (use canned for less heat) I didn’t have any so skipped it.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (my addition)

Chop all of the salad ingredients and place them in a large bowl. Mix up the dressing with a wire whisk, pour over vegetables and toss well. Optional; top with diced cooked chicken.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutritional Information

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 378 Calories; 21g Fat (47.5% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 41g Carbohydrate; 11g Dietary Fiber; 8mg Cholesterol; 462mg Sodium.

Old WWP 9 /  New WWPP 10


Recipe Adapted from Self Magazine

The weather has turned cold and windy here today which is a stark contrast to the triple digit temps we had earlier in the week. Today I am thinking about making chili or my favorite GRANDMA’S VEGETABLE SOUP served  with hot CORNMEAL SCONES!  What a difference the temperature makes in what we feel like eating.

Daughter Katy Update

Some of my blog readers have asked how Katy is doing in Spain as a study abroad student. Thanks for asking! I know that my family and friends want updates as well and since I have a blog it seems like a good forum to use for this purpose. I will on occasion give an update about her at the bottom of a regular post. That way if you are not interested, you can just skip it!

Katy arrived safely on Tuesday. They have had orientation this week. Today she is looking at two apartments that would be shared with single Spanish women who are looking for room mates. (She has paid to live in a dorm for two weeks while she looks for her own living situation)

She said that almost everyone in Spain smokes, the weather is hot and there is no air conditioning. Pretty much everything shuts down for 2 hours in the afternoon for a siesta and you can’t conduct any business then. That is a big difference from the US where we don’t shut down business for anything.

So far the food at the University has been very bland with a lot of olive oil on everything. The students did enjoy the meal they had last night as the chicken had a cream sauce on it instead of just oil and they were also served french fries. She said the fries didn’t go with the entree at all but everyone was thrilled to have a familiar food! She misses my cooking already.

They are getting use to using the Metro and it actually is pretty easy. Everyone gives them directions according to the nearest Metro stop. Yesterday she got a Sim chip for her blackberry. The cell service there works like a go phone, you pay for your minutes up front and you can recharge  your minutes at many different places like the grocery store. She can receive long distance calls for free so I got to call her yesterday afternoon. We both were happy to hear each others voices! We have had one video chat too but that is on hold until she can get the correct adapter for her computer cord!

She is either having a bad allergy attack or she has a nasty cold. She has her allergy medicines, inhaler, nose spray and cold medicine with her so she is set for whichever ailment she has. This too shall pass!

The Spanish women she sees walking during the day are wearing flats and they look similar to shoes we wear but she said they do look more expensive and of better quality. At night the women are in stilettos and all decked out. So far she feels like the shoes and clothes she chose to take are very appropriate. As a side note, no one there wears athletic wear in public like Americans, not work out clothes, shorts, flip flops or athletic shoes. Katy (nor I) dress in athletic wear, except to exercise so this isn’t a change for her. People dress up more and shoes are a dead give a way that you are not from there!

One girl in the program was pick pocketed the other day. For just a moment she put her purse behind her back and in that moment her wallet was stolen, containing a few hundred Euros, credit card, Atm card and her identification. They were given strict instructions again on how much money to carry and what documents and cards to leave locked in their rooms. There is not a lot of major crime there but stealing and pick pocketing are rampant. They were told to carry only the amount of Euros they need to conduct the business they go out for.  Katy has a purse that she carries cross body, it has a flap closure as well as a zipper underneath the flap so hopefully that will slow a potential thief down a bit!

It is a culture shock and everything will take some getting use to. So far so good!

Enjoying a quiet Saturday and cooler temperatures.


What’s cooking at your house today?

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  1. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    I want to come eat there!!!!

    I have a friend that lives in Spain & the unemployment is way worse than here so tell your daughter to be careful! He will be interviewing for a job in NYC in September. He is not working right now.

  2. Karen says:

    I enjoyed reading about Katy and what she is discovering. I wish I had an experience like that! One of my favorite things from Whole Foods are the veggie chips they sell in bulk. I don’t get them often.

  3. Carol says:

    Tami I enjoy reading about Katy’s time in Spain.. I skipped over the salad recipe to read about Katy! Hope she only has allergies &not a cold. Her over the shoulder bag sounds similar to mine.
    Now, back to the food part of your post! 🙂

  4. Brittany says:

    I’ve never been to Whole Foods! I have to check it out sometime! I wish we had a Trader Joe’s… I read about it all the time!

    That salad looks so amazing!

  5. tj says:

    I love looking around at WF! I could spend hours there! lol When stuff is on sale or their brand I buy- otherwise I cringe at the prices! Looks like you got some good stuff! 🙂

    Yippeee the lavash bread! I ate 4 pizzas last week! lol SO easy to make a meal out of those for so little points! 🙂

    Thanks for the link luv! I got a few of your friends stoppin by! 🙂

    Enjoy your Sunday! OH! That salad looks SO GOOD! I gotta add that to MY try soon pile! lol

  6. Diane Fit to the Finish says:

    Yum! That salad looks amazing. I wish we had a Whole Foods store here, but we do not.

  7. sunshine mama says:

    I love all your food pictures since I can’t upload any of my own right now until I figure some things out.

    That salad looks wonderful. It’s interesting to read how your daughter is doing.

    The calorie counting thing is working great! I’m so glad your keeping track too.

  8. fittingbackin says:

    I love some whole foods too (and that picture of the giant 0% fage!) – great loot! Thanks for the blog rec – i’ll definitely head over there. The salad looks amazing. Wow – love the Katy update but that hate about her friend getting pick pocketed – scary! I also hope she feels better soon!!

  9. karen@fitnessjourney says:

    That salad is really pretty. Isn’t it funny how things always taste better when they look so good?

    Glad to hear Katy is doing well. What an adventure for her. Sorry to hear what happened to her friend though. She is definitely going to come back to the U.S. with a lot of interesting stories.

  10. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I haven’t been to WF in a long time as my trips kept getting a bit out of hand. But I totally agree with you, if you choose wisely, there are great deals. And the store is beautiful!

    Great salad! I think I may recreate it soon! 🙂

    What an amazing experience your daughter gets to have! I have never been to Spain, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. Loved the update! 🙂

  11. Sarah @ Low Stress Weight Loss says:

    I am loving that salad! I could also totally make that here in France (well, except jicama, that I can’t find here) and I actually have the ingredients for the dressing in the fridge (lime, cilantro & jarred jalepenos) Definitely going on the list!

  12. Erica @ Fashion meets Food says:

    That salad looks amazing! I definitely need to try this out!


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