Mi Pueblito's Edge Salad- a reproduction


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After an unintentional 5 month hiatus, I am back!  I have several recipes to share with you, but for today, here's a quick and healthy one. 

A couple months ago I had lunch with two wonderful ladies at a local Mexican restaurant, and one of them ordered this salad that looked amazing.  A bed of spinach is topped with chicken, black beans, avocado, and cheese.  I have since ordered the salad at Mi Pueblito, the local Mexican institution, and have loved it, but I also decided that I can make my own for less at home. 

This salad has a good variety of textures, with the spinach leaves, beans, and chicken and is super healthy. 

At home I left off the cheese to decrease the calories and I didn't even miss it.  The creaminess of the avocado completely renders the cheese unnecessary for me. 

I also used salsa in place of salad dressing.  I recommend that you use a homemade salsa such as this one or a Mexican restaurant thinner salsa for this purpose. 

If you're cooking for one or want a different spin on salad, go for this.  If you like black beans, avocado, chicken, and spinach, this just may be a new favorite!

The Edge Salad, a Recreation
inspired by Mi Pueblito restaurant chain

For two people
3 cups baby spinach leaves (adjust to your plate and taste)
2 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips and sauted
1/2 cup prepared black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, sliced thin
1/2 cup thin or restaurant style salsa
1/4 cup shredded cheese, such as cheddar, Mexican blend, monterrey jack (optional)

Place the spinach leaves on two plates or in two larger bowls.  Top with remaining ingredients.  Pour salsa/cheese last.  Enjoy!