This "Mexican Salad" is an excellent salad for a crowd, because it makes a really large bowl full. It's also great for pot lucks, if you wait to dress it right before serving when you arrive! This is always a huge hit and seems to appeal to most everyone! Here is what you will need:
1 (16 ounce can) of Ranch style beans (could substitute chili beans), rinsed and drained
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, chopped including some of the green blades
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tomato, chopped
1 large head of iceberg lettuce, shredded or torn in bit size pieces ( can use 1/2 iceberg and 1/2 romaine)
1 (8 oz.) bottle of Catalina dressing
1(16 oz.) pkg. corn chips, divided and slightly crushed (save half for garnishing the top)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)
Combine the beans, green pepper, green onions, cheese and tomato.
Place the lettuce in a large salad bowl. Place the bean and cheese mixture on top. Right before serving, sprinkle with the corn chips and pour the dressing overall. Toss to coat the salad greens.
Sprinkle the top with fresh cilantro, if you are using it, and I like to save half of the corn chips to garnish the top also.
This salad is always a big hit!