Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing

It’s the new year, and we are trying to eat healthy after the indulgence of the holidays. Our recent grocery trip included a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and wonderful intentions! Now we just have to make sure to eat everything before it goes bad!

Typically, a salad for us is just a grilled chicken salad, or a large house or greek salad. But those can get boring after a while, so I always keep on the lookout for a new salad recipe to try. I recently downloaded the Tasty app and found this delicious-looking southwestern salad so decided to give it a try.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am not big on vegetables. But I am trying. I’ve noticed that a lot of them are an acquired taste, so I just keep forcing myself to eat them and have slowly gotten used to a few. Vegetables will never be something I love, but I can tolerate quite a few of them.

The southwestern salad is stocked full of vegetables. You definitely are “eating the rainbow” with this meal. And because there is so much goodness in it, the salad is filling enough to be a meal in itself.

Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing Recipe

Just look at those beautiful bell peppers! We used one of every color in our salad. And we are doing our part to lower our plastic consumption by using some mesh reusable produce bags at the store rather than the plastic ones they offer.

Step by Step

I didn’t take too many step-by-step photos for this recipe since it’s a fairly simple one. Start by chopping up all of the vegetables. We used a small amount of each pepper, as well as some tomato and onion. (We used the rest of the peppers the next night to make Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry so there wouldn’t be any waste.) The recipe called for corn, and I had some frozen corn in the freezer already, so I just heated that up for it. The original also suggested black beans but, much to Justin’s dismay, I didn’t add any since I don’t like them. He said it would definitely help the flavor so we will next time and he will add his at the end.

Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing Recipe

To make the avocado dressing, add all of the ingredients in a blender and puree. I like to use the magic bullet since I am not making a huge amount and it’s easier to clean.

Once you have all of the veggies chopped and the dressing made, the last thing to do is put it all together. Start by filling your bowl with lettuce, then add the peppers, tomato, onion, corn, and black beans (if you are using them). Top with s bit of chopped green onion, and drizzle the avocado dressing over it all. Then toss the salad and serve!

Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing Recipe
Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing Recipe
Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing Recipe

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Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 2 servings


Avocado Dressing

  • 1 avocado halved and pitted
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced


  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 15 oz black beans
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 15 oz corn
  • 1/2 tomato chopped
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1 head lettuce


  • Add all of the dressing ingredients into a blender or magic bullet and blend until it’s smooth
  • Chop all of the vegetables and prepare the corn according to instructions
  • Fill each bowl with some lettuce and top with peppers, cilantro, beans, onion, corn, and tomato
  • Garnish with the green onion and drizzle with the avocado dressing
  • Toss the salad to coat and serve


Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing Recipe

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23 thoughts on “Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing

  1. I dont know if its because the air is more dry in the winter, but I have been craving salads so much! This looks awesome- PLUS, I have been obsessed with avocado dressing since I discovered it!

  2. We eat salads here often but I don’t usually make my own dressing. I think the salad my husband got last night he got avocado dressing on. So this may be worth trying out!

  3. This recipe is so fresh and colorful. I can avocado with everything, now I have your avocado dressing, it will be on everything.

  4. I’m so picky about vegetables, it makes me feel childish. That being said, the avocado dressing looks amazing and I want it on everything.

  5. This looks and sounds so good! I really do need to eat more salads. I don’t very often, so when I do, it bothers my stomach. It’s probably saying what the heck is this healthy stuff?! Lol!

  6. I love veggies but I have a had time making them interesting enough to eat, if that makes sense. This looks so good, definitely will have to try it!

  7. This looks really good, I never thought about making something like this. I love everything you put in the mix, so I am going to definitely have to try this! It looks so easy to make to and sounds so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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