Southwestern Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing

It’s so pretty. So, so, so pretty.

There are many versions of the Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing all over Pinterest but this one is my favorite! It’s actually a combination of several salads I found on Pinterest with a few extra tweaks. I love to make this huge salad on a Monday night for dinner and eat leftovers for lunch the next few days. I can’t get enough!

So here’s the deal…

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing

Adapted from The Garden Grazer

Salad Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups corn

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
5 green onions

2 cups Mexican cheese, shredded
1 avocado, diced

Dressing Ingredients
1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed

1/2 avocado
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Juice of 1 lime

1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

To make the cilantro lime dressing, blend all ingredients until smooth, adjusting seasonings if necessary. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with tomatoes, corn, black beans, onions, cheese and avocado. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.





  1. LHWinstead
    March 11, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    Christina this looks amazing!! Love all the colors!

  2. Family and the Lake House
    March 11, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    This looks soooo good!

  3. Jillian Manesh
    March 11, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    yummm this looks amazing! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  4. Meredith
    March 11, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    that looks so yummy and pretty! must make this, but my presentation will not be as pretty. haha

  5. Sarah O
    March 11, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    We just made a plan in our house to have a big salad for dinner at least once a week. I'll definitely have to try this recipe. It's so pretty and colorful.

  6. Laura
    March 11, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    I can't help it but I agree! This salad looks AMAZING!! Can't wait to try it!

  7. rach
    March 11, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    That looks yummy!

  8. Chasity Munn
    March 11, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Yum! Southwest is my favorite kind of salad, so definitely gonna try this one

  9. Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup]
    March 11, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Yum! I love southwest salads minus the beans. Add in tortillas chips!

  10. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
    March 11, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Laurie @ Stylin Savanna
    March 11, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    WOW! I need this in my life! It looks so amazingly good!!!

  12. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    March 12, 2015 / 6:10 am

    Looks so delicious! x

  13. Justine Ciemny
    March 12, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    mmm that dressing sounds delic! A must try :)

  14. Lisa Loves John
    March 13, 2015 / 4:01 am

    This salad looks amazing! I would eat that dressing with a spoon!

  15. Annie
    March 18, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Just made this for tonight's dinner! Thank you for the inspiration!

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