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Santa Fe Salad

From Newport News, Virginia, Gail Park shares a colorful stand-alone salad that her family simply loves. “People always ask for the recipe when I bring it to a potlucks,” she adds. “The zippy dressing and mix of crunchy veggies with beans is a winning combination!”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups cut fresh green beans
  • 1 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


  • Place green beans in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place beans in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • For dressing, in a small bowl, combine the cilantro, sour cream, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne.
  • In a large bowl, combine the green beans, corn, pinto beans, black beans, red pepper, onion, chilies and olives. Sprinkle with cheese. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 151 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 374mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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