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Southwest Salad with Avocado Dressing

This healthy Southwestern chopped salad is delicious and full of flavor made with fresh vegetables, plant-based proteins, and topped with creamy avocado cilantro dressing
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword avocado dressing, southwestern salad
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method No-Cook
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 195kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

    For Dressing

    • 1 large ripe avocado
    • ½ cup cilantro
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 lime juiced
    • salt and pepper to taste

    For Salad

    • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped (about 2 cups)
    • 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed (about 1.5 cups)
    • 1 cup corn kernels cooked
    • 1 cup bell pepper chopped
    • ½ cup red onion chopped
    • ¾ cup grape tomato halved
    • 2 green onions sliced
    • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped


    To make the avocado dressing:

    • Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
    • Process or blend until smooth by scraping the sides few times. Adjust the seasoning at this stage and feel free to add some water to get the desired consistency.

    To Assemble

    • In a large mixing bowl, Add lettuce, black beans, corn, bell peppers, onion, tomato, green onions and cilantro.
    • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.Serve Immediately and Enjoy!


    Variations & Tips
    1. You can add additional vegetables of your choice like shredded carrots, cucumber, diced avocado, olives.
    2. Use any beans of your choice. Black beans, pinto beans, or red kidney beans all pair well in this southwestern salad.
    3. You can also use cheese blend or cheddar cheese for garnishing.
    4. Leftover avocado dressing can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
    Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


    Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10262IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg