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Delicious Southwestern Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing – Perfect to add to your Thanksgiving Menu. This is an easy and no-hassle salad with a simple light vegan dressing.
Salads are normally no-hassle recipes. Just mix the ingredients and add some seasoning or dressing and you are ready with a delicious salad. This Southwestern salad is a very tasty side dish and a great appetizer to please the crowd. It is mostly made up of vegetables. The main ingredients are corn, black beans, tomato, avocado, onion, and cilantro, etc. This salad has a simple light seasoning with lemon or lime juice, salt, and pepper to flavor it better. Read another simple corn cucumber salad recipe here.
This is a simple avocado black bean corn salad with avocado-lime dressing. This salad is so healthy, delicious, and yet easy to make. The only task you need to do is prep a few veggies and make the salad dressing. This is a great dish that is filling too and black bean adds a good amount of protein to the dish. The dressing is vegan with creamy avocado blended with few spices together.
If you are on diet, you can enjoy this salad as a full meal too. It has all healthy ingredients and good fat you can rely on it. Even the dressing is free of mayo and has only an olive oil base. To make the dressing creamy we are adding avocado to the dressing. You can also add a simple lime vinaigrette to the salad.
Ingredients you will need –
Black bean – Cannedbeans – drained and rinsed. You can also make the black bean from scratch as well. Canned beans save a lot of time and effort. You can also add some other beans if you would like to.
Corn – Canned or frozen corn kernel. If using canned corn, drain and rinse the corn kernels. If using frozen corns, simmer for 4 – 5 minutes.
Bell peppers – take any bell peppers available in the pantry. I have taken red bell peppers.
Tomatoes – Dice the tomatoes into small chunks.
Red onion – Chop the red onions.
Avocado – Avocado required for salad and dressing both. This recipe calls for 1 avocado for sauce + 1/2 avocado for salad.
Lettuce – Romain lettuce chopped roughly.
Cilantro leaves – a fist full of cilantro leaves for salad and dressing both.
How to make Southwestern Salad
Prep the veggies in the required sizes. Drain and rinse the beans and corns before adding them to the bowl. If using frozen corns, then first simmer the kernels in water for 3 – 5 minutes till it’s cooked. Place the ingredients in a large salad bowl. Add all salad veggies to the bowl.
Prepare the salad dressing. In a blender, blend 1 avocado diced, olive oil, garlic clove, cilantro leaves, lime juice and blend to a smooth paste.
Now pour the prepared sauce into the mixing bowl of chopped veggies. Mix them well. A delicious salad is ready.
Recipe Card for Southwestern Salad
Southwestern Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing
- Salad spoon
- Chopping Board
- ½ avocado
- 1 romaine lettuce head
- 1/2 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup corn kernels (1/2 can)
- 1 small red onion diced
- 1/2 cup peppers any color/ diced
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
- Dice the vegetables mentioned above like onions, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce.
- Place them in a large mixing bowl.
- Now drain and rinse the canned black beans and corn.
- Add to the salad bowl along with other salad ingredients.
Prepare avocado dressing
- In a high speed blaender, add all ingredients mentioned above in the ingredients list under avocado dressing.
- Blend it to a smooth puree.
Pour the dressing
- Once the creamy avocado dressing is ready, pour it over the salad generously and give them a gentle mix.
- Avocado black bean salad is ready.
- Adjust the seasonings whenever required.