I just love spring in the south! Today was in the 70’s and I had all of the windows and doors open to air out the house. I worked in the back yard for awhile and enjoyed being in the sunshine and getting some fresh air. And since I mowed the lawn, I get to enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass….mmmmm. Perfect day for a salad like this southwestern salad!
When the weather starts warming up I find that I begin to crave more fresh fruits and vegetables. And I love salads! I do have to be careful because I can end up in a salad rut, eating the same salad over and over again, and that can get a little boring! So I’ve made it my goal to create a lot more different types of salads with lots of great, fresh veggies this spring and summer!
I was looking for a great salad to pair with my Easy salsa chicken, which is so quick to prepare and tastes so yummy! I thought that a southwestern salad would be the prefect complement to the chicken….and it really was!
It was topped this with a homemade cilantro lime dressing that I was able to whip together in 5 minutes. I made enough for two servings, so that I could have leftovers for lunch the next day and it was great both times!
It was a really incredible meal and left my tummy very happy!
This recipe is naturally gluten free and can easily be made grain free by omitting the corn. I don’t know where I originally got this recipe. I’ve had it on my computer for years in my “need to make” recipe file. I have since seen it all over the internet on different websites and Pinterest.
This recipe is gluten free with grain free options, because we all really like options!
Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Looking for a salad that goes well with your favorite Mexican food? This one does!
- SALAD INGREDIENTS
- 2 cups spring mix
- 2 green onions or 1/4 cup sweet onion chopped
- 1/4 cup bell pepper any color
- 1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup organic frozen corn thawed (omit for grain free)
- 1/3 avocado chopped
- 2 roma tomatoes diced
- 2 tbsp black olives
- 1/2 cup cilantro with stems removed and chopped
- SALAD DRESSING INGREDIENTS
- 1/4 cup organic Greek yogurt
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Mix all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
For the dressing, put all ingredients into a blender or food processor.
Blend until fully mixed.
Drizzle over salad.
Store any extra in the refrigerator.