First Garden Lettuce of the Year & Black Bean Taco Salad

The rain has been relentless this Spring in Oregon, which is good, because we always need rain. But I must say the last couple of weeks we’ve had mixed sunshine and rain. I’ll take the sunshine! :)

As the sun was peeking through, for about a 10 minute break, my husband uncovered the garden cloth on our raised bed in which we had planted lettuce, and we were able to harvest enough for a beautiful lunch salad. (I don’t know what it is about our doggie, but he loves to be in every outdoor picture that he can. I think Haggis wants to be a “Doggie Star!” Look at his cute little pink tongue.) :)

I think one of the best “tastes” of spring is fresh, tender, buttery lettuce straight from the garden. There’s really nothing quite like it.

We eat a salad almost every day for lunch, so this time I opened a can of Black Beans and added a few other tasty ingredients, and we sat back and enjoyed a salad together. (The house was quiet, all 3 teens gone, a rare thing!)

Oh, and as we washed and spun the lettuce, which, by the way, we grew the starts in our AeroGarden. If you want some tips on how to harvest lettuce, check out my post, HERE.

We also cut fresh cilantro from the herb garden.

Mexican food is best with cilantro, wouldn’t you agree?

Black Bean Taco Salad
Serves 4

8-12 cups fresh lettuce, torn in small pieces
1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Corn Chile (Trader Joe’s is really good)
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
Fresh chopped cilantro (to taste)
1 large handful of Taco chips, crunched
1 small avocado, cut in small pieces (optional)

Mix and toss all ingredients together, along with your favorite salad dressing. Serve right away!

I’m don’t know if you’ve had the jalapeno yogurt dip from Costco, but it’s made with Greek probiotic yogurt, and it’s delicious. That is what I used this time and we loved it.

Do you have a favorite ingredient that you like to include in taco salad?

11 comments on “First Garden Lettuce of the Year & Black Bean Taco Salad”

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  2. How wonderful. I agree – there is nothing like a salad made from greens from your very own garden. We usually put lots of chiles in our taco salad and use Mexican cheese, like queso fresco. Your recipe looks really good!

  3. Wow Sandy, I have just stumbled across your blog, and I adore it, I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I agree wholeheartedly with you, we should invite people into our homes, we should enjoy spending time with them, eating yummy things, and not stressing about everything being perfect. It is about breaking bread, and company – as opposed to clever fussy food. Thank you for this great recipe, I am looking forward to trying it.


  4. Yum! I can’t decide whether I am jealous or inspired by your garden. Each time you do a garden post, you motivate me! We finally planted our first garden this spring… we’ll see if it’s in Chad’s gene’s to grow anything :o)

  5. It’s a cold, wet and windy Autumn day here in Australia, but I feel a little warmer reding your post! Looks yummy.
    x Marnie

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cilantro but NEVER have luck growing it. I have tried in containers and in the ground… Any tips???

  7. We have always used Good Seasons Italian dressing on our taco salad. Sounds weird but is so yummy!

  8. How inspiring to grow a garden. I like making serano cream and garlic cream. I can’t even serve regular ole sour cream anymore. It is that good! Happy sunny Friday, Sandy. Xo

  9. Great recipe and lovely photos! We’re enjoying lettuce from our garden as well right now — perhaps some of it will find its way into a taco salad this week. I love avacado in mine.

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