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Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

This Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing both looks and tastes bright, festive, and refreshingly delicious!  A great way to get your greens, oranges, yellows, and protein.

Southwestern Chopped Salad Cilantro Lime Dressing

Happy Monday, Y’all! 🙂

Yeah, I know. I don’t actually feel bright eyed and bushy tailed on any Mondays basically ever.

I tried.

It’s also mid-January, which could mean one of two things: you’re rocking your New Year’s resolutions, or you’re questioning your sanity when you decided on them.

Then, a third possibility: you don’t make resolutions.

I’m that girl…

Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

…I don’t do resolutions.

It’s not ’cause I’m a pessimist or a total party pooper. More like I’ve lived long enough to know what works for me (kinda…sometimes.)

Instead, I focus on a specific word for the year and sorta make that my “thing.”

Last year, the word gratitude chose me – I can’t take the credit – and I embarked on a yearlong project, which is actually ongoing for like probably ever.

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime

To be honest, I’m still unsure what my special focus word is going to be for 2015. I’m not worried that we’re already two weeks in.  It’s just a date and a date’s just a number, right?  Just like age 😉

It’ll come to me eventually.

One thing I do know is that I’ve made no plans to stop eating chocolate or cookies or basically anything sweet and carby.

But, hey. Veggies are in the house. I love my salads and often. The Littles tell people their mommy’s favorite food is lettuce.  Not quite.

But when the dressing is this?

Southwestern Chopped Salad Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

This creamy cilantro lime dressing is dreamy.  It’s refreshing and light, despite being creamy.  It doesn’t feel or taste heavy at all.

The flavors of this dressing are bright, festive, zesty, and tangy.

The cilantro doesn’t overpower the flavors, but lends a nice earthiness.  Lime ensures a zesty tang, and honey gives it that sweetness to balance it all out.

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime

This Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing has the most beautiful vibrant colors.

It’ll create some healthy lunch envy if you bring it to work. It’s the perfect healthy dinner; add grilled chicken to make it heartier.

The ingredients can easily be chopped and prepared ahead of time and mixed up just before serving.


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Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

5 from 2 ratings
This Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is intensely bright and colorful, both in looks and in flavor! The flavors are fresh, zesty, and delicious. Most of the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and assembled right before serving.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Dong


For the Salad:

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, washed/dried and roughly chopped
  • 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cups frozen or canned corn, drained
  • 2 stalks green onions, thinly sliced
  • Optional: Crispy tortilla strips for topping

For the Dressing:


  • Make the Dressing (can be done up to several days ahead): In a blender or food processor, blend all dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy. Add more seasonings to taste. Transfer to airtight container and keep chilled.
  • Assemble the Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Gently toss to combine. Toss in desired amount of salad dressing to coat. Top with crispy tortilla strips if desired. Serve immediately.


  • Apple cider vinegar can be used in place of white balsamic vinegar. 
  • You can add a few dashes of ground chili or cayenne to the dressing, if you’d like a bit of kick. 
If you tried this recipe and loved it, please give it a rating! We ❤️ hearing from you! 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 675mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 8223IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main, Side
Cuisine: Mexican American, Tex-Mex
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Method: Mixing

 Source:  Chew Out Loud, adapted from The Garden Grazer

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5 from 2 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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    • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Loving the vibrant colours of this salad but the star of this dish is definitely that creamy cilantro dressing. It looks so amazing and delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Thalia! By the way, love your new profile pic…super cute 🙂

    • Carol @ Wild Goose Tea

    I am into salad right now. Not just because of calories, but for some reason I am finding them appealing to eat. Probably all that past heavy food. I most particularly think the dressing makes this top of the line.

      • chewoutloud

      Despite the chill, I love salads often, too! Thanks, Carol 🙂

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