Southwestern salad with an avocado dressing in a white round bowl with a stainless steel fork and glass of water behind (with logo overlay)

Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing

You can truly “eat the rainbow” with this delicious Southwestern Salad topped with a quick and easy homemade avocado dressing.

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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 more and more as I get older. Although, I do still like to hide my vegetables sometime, such as in Zucchini Bread.

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.

Green pepper, yellow pepper, red pepper, and orange pepper in a mesh grocery bag

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.

Southwestern Salad Step by Step


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


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.

Cook the frozen corn and chop all of the vegetables.

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.

Top with a 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 in a white round bowl with a stainless steel fork and glass of water behind (vertical)


Originally Published On: January 6, 2018

Last Updated On: July 31, 2023

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Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing

You can truly “eat the rainbow” with this delicious Southwestern Salad topped with a quick and easy homemade avocado dressing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Main Dish
bell pepper
Servings: 4
4.80 from 5 votes


Avocado Dressing
  • 1 avocado (halved and pitted)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black 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


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Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 511 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 316mg13%
Potassium 1366mg39%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 19g76%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 3220IU64%
Vitamin C 178.4mg216%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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40 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. 5 stars
    This recipe is so fresh and colorful. I eat avocado with everything, now I have your avocado dressing, it will be on everything.

  4. Ray @ Superpowers Sold Separately

    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. theclutterboxblog

    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!

    1. Oh man, I hate the winter and I hate cold weather. We had a “cool front” here last week so it didn’t get into the 90s. When the weather warms up you should give this one a try.

  8. What a colorful salad! The bell peppers make it look so vibrant. Plus, they are loaded with nutrients. I like the idea of avocado dressing. Will be surely trying this one out. Looks super healthy and delicious.

  9. Oh yum! The avocado dressing is such a brilliant idea and an amazing way to use up those ripe avocados we got in our pantry! Definitely one to try out!

    1. We had a few that were a bit overripe and they worked well in this. I’ve tried when they weren’t ripe enough and it made a chunky dressing since they wouldn’t blend. So definitely make sure they are fully ripe for this!

  10. 5 stars
    What a colorful salad! I’ve been experimenting with my salad recipes lately and this comes in super handy! Your recipes are always spot on, Stephanie

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