Southwestern Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing—Less Than 30 Minutes To Table!

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Southwestern SaladJim is a really great husband!  One of the things he likes to do is cook.  He was the one who knew how to cook when we first met.  I didn’t learn how to cook until much later.   Most of my attempts at cooking were disasters!  Jim was really patient.  did most of the cooking in the beginning.  Eventually, I could take over and he did have to worry about what would happen if he wasn’t there.  Don’t ask.

These days, I do most of the cooking.  However, on weekends the kitchen tends to be his.  Jim either comes up with an idea from whatever is there.  Or as he always says “Google is my friend!”  He came up with the Southwestern Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing from The Vegetarian Times.  Their blurb was right on target!

Sweet romaine, grape tomatoes,and corn, plus tender pinto beans and crunchy corn chips make a truly satisfying salad.

It serves 8, but we cut it in half and got two meals!  We both enjoyed this and will be making the salad again!

Takes 30 minutes or fewer to make!


  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 ½ cups cooked pinto beans or 1 15-oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¾ cup prepared (not chunky) salsa
  • ½ cup low-fat sour cream
  • 3 Tbs. lime juice
  • 4 drops Tabasco sauce, optional
  • ⅓ cup crushed corn tortilla chips (about 20 chips), optional


1. Combine lettuce, beans, tomatoes, and corn in clear glass bowl. Sprinkle green onions and cilantro on top.

2. Mash avocado in separate bowl, and whisk in salsa, sour cream, and lime juice. Season with hot sauce (if using), and salt and pepper, if desired. Pour dressing over salad, toss well, and top with crushed corn chips (if using).

Notes From Jim:  Unless you really like a citrusy taste, cut the lime juice down to 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons.  Also, be careful with the heat level of the salsa.  If you want the salad to have a lighter/sweeter taste, go with a mild salsa!




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