Recipe courtesy of Pam Anderson
Eat-Your-Plate Taco Salad with Black Beans and Grilled Corn
Serves 4
Serves 4


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 flour tortillas (8-inch), pricked all over with a fork
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 ears of corn, shucked and halved crosswise
  • 2 to 3 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise, cored, and coarsely chopped (8 cups)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved and lightly salted
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, cored, and cut into short, thin strips
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced (about % cup)
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, drained
  • 1 cup grated pepper Jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
Creamy Salsa Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa verde or tomato salsa, plus extra for serving


Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil to lightly brush both sides of the tortillas; sprinkle them with salt. Arrange directly on the oven rack and bake, turning once, until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second side (use the tip of a knife to deflate any air pockets that may balloon during baking); set aside.

Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon oil with the garlic powder, cumin, and oregano and rub onto the corn to evenly coat. Sprinkle generously with salt.

Meanwhile preheat a gas grill with all burners on high for about 10 minutes. Use a wire brush to clean the grill rack, then use tongs to wipe a vegetable oil-soaked rag over it. Close the lid and return to temperature. When very hot, place the corn on the hot rack; cover and grill, turning as needed, until spotted with brown, about 10 minutes.

Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, scallions, black beans, and cheese in a large bowl. To make the dressing, stir together the sour cream and salsa. Add half the dressing to the salad and toss to coat. Heap a portion of salad onto each flour tortilla. Serve with ears of corn alongside. Garnish if you like with a little extra sour cream and serve with additional dressing alongside.

Photograph by Quentin Bacon.

Cook's Note

If you like, sprinkle the tossed salad with a little chopped fresh cilantro.

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