January 10, 2013

Southwestern Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing recipe

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This salad is super easy. Most of the ingredients can probably be found in your freezer or pantry. Add more of the ingredients you like and leave off the ones you don’t. You can’t really mess it up.


2 Cups chopped romaine. I didn’t measure, that just seems silly. You basically just need a heap of lettuce.

1 can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained (about 1.5 cups)

1/2 Cup of black beans, rinsed and drained

1 Cup of Grape tomatoes

1/2 Cup fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels

1/3 Cup green onions (I left this off)

1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

Optional – 1/3 Cup crushed tortilla chips

Optional – Sliced fresh avocado


1 ripe avocado

3/4 Cup salsa

1/2 cup low-fat sour cream

3 Tablespoons lime juice (I recommend fresh)

4 drops Tabasco sauce (optional)


1.) Start with your romaine and top it with all salad ingredients. Add more of the things you like and less of what you don’t.

2.) In a separate bowl, mash ripe avocado with a fork until it’s mushy.  Whisk together with all the other dressing ingredients.

3.) Pour dressing over salad and serve with chips if you’d like.

Source: This recipe was adapted from a recipe I found in the May/June 2010 issue of Vegetarian Times. 

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  1. Yummy goodness! Stopping by from WHAT’S COOKIN’ WEDNESDAY?

  2. I can make a whole meal out of this awesome salad, just love it! Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. What a deliciously healthy looking salad! I like the avocado in the dressing too. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  4. Sounds amazing – I love all these flavors together. Very pretty too. Nic pics!!

  5. Wow, I love your salad! I especially like the dressing. The avocado must make it so thick and tasty. Looks delicious!

    Stopping by from What’s Cooking Wednesday! (If you have a chance, stop by and check out the Potato Salad I’ve linked up, #6)

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