Southwest Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing Recipe

This Southwest Salad recipe has quickly become one of my most popular and most pinned recipes of all time.  It’s bursting with black beans, red bell peppers, tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, pepitas, Pepper Jack cheese, and bathed in Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing.  The dressing alone is worth making this Southwest Salad!


Southwest Salad
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
fresh corn kernels from 1 ear of sweet corn
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup roasted and salted pepitas (may sub. sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup grated pepper jack  cheese, or more to taste
Tortilla Strips for Salads (I like Fresh Gourmet Santa Fe Style)

Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing
1 small avocado, peeled and sliced
1 small jalapeno, seeded, deveined and roughly chopped (optional)
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro
1/4 cup sour cream (may sub.plain Greek yogurt)
1/4 cup smooth salsa (medium for more of a kick)
1/4 cup milk
juice from 1 lime
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 tsp EACH salt, ground cumin
1/8 tsp EACH pepper, smoked paprika
Hot sauce to taste (optional)

Optional Chicken Ideas
Recipe Chipotle Chicken
Recipe Chili Lime Chicken


Get full recipe >> Southwest Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing @ Carlsbad Cravings

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