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Mexican Salad

With a creamy lime dressing, tender roasted candy potatoes, and different wholesome elements, this simple Mexican Salad recipe is (actually) the salad of my goals!

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Final night time, I dreamed a few salad.

Actually, Erin? You dream a few salad of all issues?

Properly, let me inform you, if you happen to dreamed concerning the BEST Mexican salad loaded with jalapeño, crushed corn chips, and a zippy lime dressing that makes each forkful extra charming than the final, you may simply want you dreamed about salad too.

Crisp, flavorful, and filling, this simple Mexican salad recipe is the proper mix of textures and taste (like this Mexican Pasta Salad).

After making an attempt it as soon as, I promise it is going to develop into the salad you not solely dream about by night time but additionally inflict daydreams of far-off white sandy seaside holidays (with a Skinny Margarita in hand) as your polish off each final chunk.

5 Star Overview

“We made this Mexican salad for a household birthday dinner and it was successful! We will certainly be making this salad typically.”

— Marie —

How one can Make Mexican Salad

This contemporary tackle a standard Mexican salad retains core Mexican flavors and elements however provides them a healthful spin (like this well-liked Taco Skillet).


Make this soup your individual with a customized medley of greens. For suggestions and seasoning solutions, try my final information to Oven Roasted Greens.

The Elements

Candy Potatoes. Filled with fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, candy potatoes hold this salad filling and satisfying whereas including a stunning sweetness to distinction the spicy notes of this salad.Spices. A standard mix of Southwest flavors, together with cumin and chili powder, completely seasons the candy potatoes. (I exploit the same seasoning for this Candy Potato Black Bean Salad.)Romaine. My decide for a hearty salad inexperienced that received’t overtake different elements. It has a light taste that permits the opposite elements to shine whereas including a pleasant crunch to each chunk.

Market Swap

You possibly can swap the romaine for a unique salad inexperienced of your selection. Child spinach, blended area greens, or chopped kale are different nutrient-dense choices.

Black Beans. Lends this vegetarian Mexican salad (and this Black Bean Corn Salad) additional fiber and loads of plant-based protein.Tomatoes. For colour, moisture, and conventional Mexican aptitude.Jalapeño. Kick up the warmth.

Ingredient Word

Take away the seeds and membrane from the pepper for a extra delicate Mexican salad. You might also omit the jalapeño solely if you happen to’re significantly delicate to spicy meals.

Cilantro. For freshness and genuine Mexican taste.Creamy Lime Dressing. Made with creamy Greek yogurt, loads of lime juice, and a little bit of garlic and cumin for depth, it’s the proper end for this wholesome Mexican salad bowl.

Substitution Tip

The dressing from this Grilled Corn Salad is one other wonderful Mexican-inspired salad dressing possibility to contemplate for this salad.

Pepitas. Contribute wholesome fat and a satisfying crunch.

Non-compulsory Mexican Salad Topping Concepts

End this salad with a number of of the next toppings to make it your individual:

Corn. Corn is a basic ingredient in lots of conventional Mexican salad recipes (and Mexican Corn Dip). Be happy to toss it in right here too. You should utilize grilled, canned, or frozen (and thawed) corn.Cheese. Feta, goat cheese, and queso fresco are my private faves. Shredded cheddar or pepper jack would, after all, be scrumptious selections too.Avocado. For added creaminess and an additional dose of wholesome fat. You possibly can additionally add a dollop of my Finest Guacamole Recipe.Tofu. For some additional plant-based protein, prime the salad with the sautéed tofu from this recipe for Tofu Tacos.Grains. Add cooked quinoa, bulgur, or farro to show this right into a hearty Mexican salad bowl.

The Instructions

Roast the candy potatoes.


Be sure to do that step first. Whereas they roast, you possibly can wash and chop the opposite Mexican salad greens whereas the candy potatoes prepare dinner.

Whisk collectively the creamy lime dressing elements. Add the lettuce to a bowl and toss it with a little bit of dressing. Add the remainder of the elements to the bowl, toss, then drizzle on extra dressing.High with tortilla chips and different optionally available toppings. ENJOY!

Storage Suggestions

To Retailer. Place Mexican salad in an hermetic storage container for as much as 3 days. If attainable, retailer your dressing in a separate container and your tortilla chips at room temperature.

Meal Prep Tip

For a Mexican salad jar that’s excellent for on-the-go lunches:

Put together all elements of the Mexican salad, however don’t add the dressing or tortilla chips to the opposite elements. Drizzle the dressing over the underside of a big container or particular person mason jars.Add the salad elements on prime. Place your required quantity of tortilla chips in a ziptop bag, and retailer outdoors of the fridge till serving. When able to get pleasure from your Mexican salad jar, shake up the ready container to toss the elements with the dressing. Sprinkle along with your tortilla chips, and revel in!

Make Forward

Choice 1. You possibly can prep all elements (besides the tortilla chips) and hold them separate or blended collectively. Put together the dressing, however go away it off the Mexican salad for now. I like to recommend ready so as to add the creamy lime dressing till just a few hours earlier than you serve it and ready so as to add the tortilla chips till simply earlier than serving, so that they keep crunchy.Choice 2. Simply toast your pepitas and roast the candy potatoes forward of time. Retailer the candy potatoes within the fridge for as much as 3 days and pepitas at room temperature. Having these two elements prepared and on-demand cuts down the prep time for nights while you’re in a rush.

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Beneficial Instruments to Make this Recipe

Sheet Pan. For toasting, roasting, baking, and every thing in between!Chef’s Knife. A pointy knife for chopping elements is a must have software for any kitchen.Serving Bowl. This magnificence will flip this recipe right into a show-stopping centerpiece if making this Mexican salad for a crowd.

The Finest Knife Set

This 18-piece knife set is properly balanced, has ergonomic handles, and is made with top quality chrome steel.

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Continuously Requested Questions

How Can I Make Mexican Salad Vegan?

To make this simple Mexican salad recipe vegan, omit the cheese as a topping or swap it in your favourite vegan-style cheese shreds. When making the dressing, swap the Greek yogurt in your favourite plain dairy-free yogurt.

Can I Make The Mexican Salad Dressing With out Garlic?

Positive! Whereas I’ve not tried the dressing with out garlic earlier than, it’s possible you’ll actually omit it from the recipe if that’s your choice. The flavour can be a bit totally different however scrumptious nonetheless, I’m certain.

What Meat Goes With Mexican Salad?

In case you’re in search of a meat-forward predominant course to serve with this vegetarian Mexican salad, strive these Fajita Hen Kebabs or Mexican Shrimp. As a topping, Mexican salad with hen (e.g., Grilled Hen Breast or Crockpot Mexican Hen ) or Mexican salad with shrimp (and Grilled Shrimp Seasoning) are each tasty choices. Try this turkey Taco Salad too.


Mexican Salad

The BEST Mexican salad! This simple Mexican salad with creamy lime dressing and candy potatoes is wholesome, vegetarian, and versatile.
Course Dinner, Foremost Course, Salad, Aspect Dish
Delicacies Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook dinner Time 20 minutes
Complete Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings (as a facet) or 4 (as a predominant)
Energy 262kcal


For the Salad:

1/4 cup uncooked pepitas2 medium candy potatoes peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks (about 2 kilos or 5 cups uncooked or 3 1/3 cups roasted)2 tablespoons additional virgin olive oil3/4 teaspoon floor chili powder1/2 teaspoon floor cumin1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1 giant head romaine lettuce chopped (about 6 cups)1 pint cherry tomatoes halved1 can reduced-sodium black beans (15 ounces) drained and rinsed1 small jalapeño* thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)1 small bunch radishes thinly sliced (about 1 cup)1/4 cup chopped cilantro packedCrumbled feta cheese or goat cheese, or queso fresco (optionally available, for serving)Tortilla strips or crushed chips (optionally available, for serving)Sliced avocado (optionally available, for serving)

For the Dressing:**

2/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt2 tablespoons additional virgin olive oilZest and juice of 1 medium lime (about 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, plus 2 tablespoons recent juice)1 clove minced garlic1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon floor cumin


Preheat the oven to 325 levels F. Unfold the pepitas in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Place within the oven and toast till the pepitas flip darker (they will be a deep goldish brown) and are aromatic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Take away from the oven and punctiliously switch the pepitas to a small plate or bowl. Put aside. Enhance the oven temperature to 450 levels F.
On a rimmed baking sheet (I exploit the identical one I toasted the pepitas on to avoid wasting a dish; simply brush it off first), toss candy potatoes with the olive oil, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt till evenly coated. Unfold into a fair layer and roast till browned and tender, 20 to 22 minutes, stirring as soon as midway by way of. Let cool barely.
In the meantime, whisk collectively the dressing elements: Greek yogurt, olive oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, salt, and cumin. Style and alter seasoning as desired. The dressing ought to style very vivid and limey—its taste will mellow as soon as tossed with the opposite elements.
In a big bowl, place the chopped romaine hearts. Drizzle with about 1/4 cup of the dressing and toss to moisten.
Add the candy potatoes, beans, jalapeno, radish, and cilantro, then drizzle on one other 1/4 cup of dressing. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with tortilla strips. Get pleasure from, with additional dressing as desired.


*JALAPENO NOTE: For a extra delicate salad, you possibly can take away the seeds and membrane from the pepper if desired. You might also omit the jalapeno solely if you happen to’re significantly delicate to spicy meals.
**DRESSING NOTE: This recipe yields about 3/4 cup of dressing. Leftover dressing may be refrigerated for as much as 3 days in an hermetic storage container.
MAKE IT VEGAN/DAIRY FREE: Swap a non-dairy yogurt for the Greek yogurt or use the dressing from this Grilled Corn Salad as a substitute; omit the cheese.
TO STORE: Mexican salad could also be saved in an hermetic storage container for as much as 3 days. If attainable, retailer your dressing in a separate container, and hold your tortilla chips outdoors of the fridge to maintain crisp.
TO MAKE AHEAD: You possibly can prep all of the elements for the salad (besides the tortilla chips) and hold them separate or combine them collectively. Put together the dressing, however retailer it individually from the Mexican salad elements. I like to recommend ready so as to add the creamy cilantro lime dressing till just a few hours earlier than you serve it and ready so as to add the tortilla chips till instantly earlier than serving, so that they keep crunchy.
See the complete weblog submit above for extra recommendations on making this Mexican salad for meal prep!


Serving: 1(of 6); about 2.75 cups with out optionally available toppings | Energy: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fats: 11g | Saturated Fats: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 2g | Monounsaturated Fats: 7g | Trans Fats: 0.003g | Ldl cholesterol: 1mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 11718IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3mg

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