Vegetarian Mexican Salad Boats

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Row, row, row your boat, gently down the. . .plate.

So, I can’t decide if it’s really really sad or really really awesome that the only Oscar nominated movie I’d seen was Bridesmaids.

And on top of that, I can’t decide if it’s really really embarrassing or really really sweet that I got 14 lumps in my throat when they walked out on stage to present the awards.

 

They just looked so glowy and magical and OSCARLICIOUS.

 

I need someone to teach me how to get my hair in those waves like Kristen Wiig’s. Only if it doesn’t take longer than 5 minutes, because I have a yard to ignore fertilizing.

 

Oh right, we were rowing our vegetarian Mexican salad boats gently down the plate.

But wait! Wasn’t Gweneth Paltrow just flick-your-mama’s-face-off-stunning? I’m so glad she asked to borrow my white gown for last night. I guess she looked okay in it.

I need someone to teach me how to do that low stacked ponytail like she had. But only if it takes less than 5 minutes because I have chipped nail polish to continually forget about.

So sorry!  Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a . . . slate. OH! Like a clean slate. Get it?! Life is like a clean slate. Once you eat the salad boats on the plate. That you rowed for?

Because they are delightful and vegetarian and are loaded with superfoods and have this nice surprising crunch factor and when you eat them it’s like you’re rowing your way to glowing skin just like the Oscar stars and are you even there anymore?

I WILL TURN THIS BOAT AROUND.

Vegetarian Mexican Salad Boats:

What it took for 15 boats:

* 1 bunch romaine hearts, rinsed and separated
* 1 sweet potato, finely diced
* 1 Tbs. cumin
* 1 Tbs. chili powder
* 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 (10 oz) can sweet corn, drained and rinsed
* 4 radishes, thinly sliced
* 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
* 1 lime
* 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 avocado, diced

Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the sweet potatoes, cumin, chili powder, a pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. Saute about 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 3 Tbs. oil, juice from the lime, cilantro and another pinch of salt and pepper.

In a bowl, combine the beans, corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and radishes. Toss, toss.

Pour in the dressing and toss to combine.

Spoon the mixture into each romaine boat and top with diced avocado and more cilantro, if desired.

And guess what, if this route doesn’t float your BOAT (get it?) you can always chop up that there romaine and just do this.

Either way, tah.dah.fah.

 

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34 Responses to Vegetarian Mexican Salad Boats

  1. Maria February 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Love!! These have my name written ALL over them!

  2. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) February 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I only saw a few of the movies as well, but you must see the help!! So so so good!! And these boats need to be in my life, as in right now!!!

  3. Villy @ For the love of Feeding February 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Such a nice party idea! (I loooved the Bridesmaids, but “The Help” was kind of awesome as well!)

  4. AmyRuth February 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    These look amazing… only thing? A hot corn tortilla “someone’s Mamma” made. he he You hit it on the money… just don’t do the nails until after you’ve done the yard work. Ugh! After you’ve eaten this super food vegie goodness.
    AmyRuth

  5. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    These are like a fiesta in a lettuce boat…Love it!

  6. Kelley February 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Hardy har har. Only you could turn lettuce wraps into a story about how gwenyth borrowed your dress. And thank you for putting row row into my head which I’m sure I’ll be singing all day.

  7. Cassie February 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I love this, Bev. All of the flavors are perfect.

  8. Cookbook Queen February 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Oh these look good…so bright and fresh and yummy.

    LOOOOOVE Kristen Wiig’s hair. How does she do it? I have a waver (sort of like a crimper but roundy-er) and mine never looks like that when I use it :( I think it’s secret Hollywood magic.

  9. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    These little boats are perfect. Oh, my. I cannot wait to try them! And, as always, reading your post just made my day. Love Oscar talk on a Monday morning. :)

  10. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Wishing these came in Yacht size!!

  11. DessertForTwo February 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I could eat this for dinner everynight for 10 years and never get tired of it.

    I thought Gweneth was wearing your dress! I almost texted her to say she was looking good, but I refrained because it looks better on you. She called me later and I lied and said she looked stunning.

  12. Cookin' Canuck February 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I could eat these little boats all day long. Gwyneth looked stunning in your dress, but I’ll bet you could outshine her any day of the week!

  13. Lisa [With Style and Grace] February 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I could honestly eat this every. single. day. Best part, I have all the ingredients and WILL be making this asap!

  14. Lori @ RecipeGirl February 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    You could’ve rocked Gwyneth’s dress more better than she did. She’s so plain-Jane- I could never see what the fuss about her is.

    Yummy, healthy boats- LOVE!

  15. Living The Sweet Life February 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    oohh – so delicious. Lettuce boats ar great!! And I go bonkers for anything with black beans, corn and avocado. Clearly I need to make these happen soon!!

    Gwyneth, looked great once the cape came off. On the red carpet – – I was not impressed. But when she walked out – I though, va va voom … she’s back! So, you’re right – – she looked okay ;) lol.

  16. Julie @ Table for Two February 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I’d gladly row my boat to your house and we can have a fiesta with these salad amigos! Delicious and all the ingredients sound like a fiesta all itself..ha!

  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Love the boats and love that they’re bread-less. I do love “bready” things…like cinnamon rolls :) But I’d rather skip the taco shells and eat the veggies like you made them!

  18. Katie February 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I am making this for lunch right now…at 9:25 in the morning. Breakfast, lunch, whatever, I LOVE it.

  19. Grishma @ZaikaZabardast February 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    love love love it! Like Maria, it has my name on it too:)) Sorry Maria not stealing the comment but that’s what I thought when I saw the ingredients..so same pinch! hehe. Bev, this is absolutely 100% on my must make list. All I need to buy is romaine!

  20. Blog is the New Black February 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I adore zucchini boats so I LOVE this idea!

  21. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum February 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    It’s a skill to make people crave something called a salad boat. You’ve got mad skills gurl.

  22. Deanna B. February 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I never thought I would crave a salad boat that doesn’t even have cheese, but here I am, craving it. Mission accomplished.

  23. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables February 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    I’m definitely making these to eat every single night for dinner this week, regardless of what my bf has to say about it.

  24. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    These healthy little guys look lovely!

  25. Margarita February 27, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Healthy goodness… I can eat 10 of these and not feel guilty! The only movies I have seen are Bridesmaids and The Tree of Life (which I watched right before the Oscars – just to at least have something to talk about).

  26. Karla @ Foodologie February 28, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    I totally want to eat that, and I wouldn’t even feel guilty about it. I can get behind that!

    I didn’t watch the Oscars but I will say I didn’t love Bridesmaids as much as the rest of the world did. Clearly, there’s something wrong with me.

  27. Deborah February 29, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    I think I only saw one of the movies that was nominated, too. I’m pretty pathetic because I didn’t even watch the Oscars! But I’m all over these. Wouldn’t miss them for the world!

  28. Kristina March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I want this for breakfast. Mine always start out like boats, then sink into a salad.

    I loved the bridesmaids too… and when they were up there I told Jason we were watching that movie as soon as this is over! and we did.

  29. Vivian March 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    This recipe is DELICIOUS!! I love sweet potatoes, these combinations of flavours were great! Loved it. :-)

  30. Cookin' Canuck June 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    I’ve already commented on these little gems, but I’d love for you to share this recipe (and your Chipotle Shrimp Salad Bowl…and your Soft Tacos…and…you get the picture) in the avocado link-up/giveaway that I’m hosting with Kristen of Dine & Dish right now. http://bit.ly/NKF4rk

  31. AnnPinn October 19, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Thank you so much for this wonderfully delicious recipe. I made it yesterday and it was awesome. My husband wasn’t going to try it because of the sweet potatoes & radishes by I talk him into it and he was so surprised he loved it too. The only thing I omitted the corn cuz I am grain free and I added cayenne pepper cuz I LOVE heat. It was so awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless

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