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Mexican Salad

With a creamy lime dressing, tender roasted candy potatoes, and different wholesome substances, 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, for those who dreamed in regards to 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 right mix of textures and taste (like this Mexican Pasta Salad).

After attempting it as soon as, I promise it is going to turn 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 Evaluation

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

— Marie —

The way to Make Mexican Salad

This contemporary tackle a standard Mexican salad retains core Mexican flavors and substances however provides them a healthful spin (like this common Taco Skillet).


Make this soup your personal with a customized medley of greens. For ideas and seasoning options, take a look at my final information to Oven Roasted Greens.

The Components

Candy Potatoes. Filled with fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, candy potatoes preserve this salad filling and satisfying whereas including a beautiful sweetness to distinction the spicy notes of this salad.Spices. A conventional mix of Southwest flavors, together with cumin and chili powder, completely seasons the candy potatoes. (I take advantage of an analogous seasoning for this Candy Potato Black Bean Salad.)Romaine. My decide for a hearty salad inexperienced that gained’t overtake different substances. It has a gentle taste that enables the opposite substances to shine whereas including a pleasant crunch to each chunk.

Market Swap

You’ll be able to swap the romaine for a special 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) further fiber and loads of plant-based protein.Tomatoes. For coloration, moisture, and conventional Mexican aptitude.Jalapeño. Kick up the warmth.

Ingredient Be aware

Take away the seeds and membrane from the pepper for a extra delicate Mexican salad. You might also omit the jalapeño fully for those who’re notably 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 right end for this wholesome Mexican salad bowl.

Substitution Tip

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

Pepitas. Contribute wholesome fat and a satisfying crunch.

Elective Mexican Salad Topping Concepts

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

Corn. Corn is a basic ingredient in lots of conventional Mexican salad recipes (and Mexican Corn Dip). Be at liberty to toss it in right here too. You need to use 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 extra creaminess and an additional dose of wholesome fat. You may additionally add a dollop of my Greatest Guacamole Recipe.Tofu. For some further plant-based protein, high 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’ll be able to wash and chop the opposite Mexican salad greens whereas the candy potatoes cook dinner.

Whisk collectively the creamy lime dressing substances. Add the lettuce to a bowl and toss it with a little bit of dressing. Add the remainder of the substances to the bowl, toss, then drizzle on further 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 doable, 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 substances of the Mexican salad, however don’t add the dressing or tortilla chips to the opposite substances. Drizzle the dressing over the underside of a giant container or particular person mason jars.Add the salad substances on high. Place your required quantity of tortilla chips in a ziptop bag, and retailer exterior of the fridge till serving. When able to take pleasure in your Mexican salad jar, shake up the ready container to toss the substances with the dressing. Sprinkle together with your tortilla chips, and revel in!

Make Forward

Choice 1. You’ll be able to prep all substances (besides the tortilla chips) and preserve 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 a couple of 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 substances prepared and on-demand cuts down the prep time for nights once you’re in a rush.

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Beneficial Instruments to Make this Recipe

Sheet Pan. For toasting, roasting, baking, and every little thing in between!Chef’s Knife. A pointy knife for chopping substances is a must have instrument 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.

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Ceaselessly 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 to your favourite vegan-style cheese shreds. When making the dressing, swap the Greek yogurt to your favourite plain dairy-free yogurt.

Can I Make The Mexican Salad Dressing With out Garlic?

Certain! Whereas I’ve not tried the dressing with out garlic earlier than, it’s possible you’ll definitely omit it from the recipe if that’s your desire. The flavour can be a bit completely different however scrumptious nonetheless, I’m positive.

What Meat Goes With Mexican Salad?

In case you’re in search of a meat-forward fundamental course to serve with this vegetarian Mexican salad, attempt 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. Take a look at 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, Fundamental 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 fundamental)
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 further 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 further 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’re going to be a deep goldish brown) and are aromatic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Take away from the oven and thoroughly switch the pepitas to a small plate or bowl. Put aside. Improve the oven temperature to 450 levels F.
On a rimmed baking sheet (I take advantage of 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 an excellent layer and roast till browned and tender, 20 to 22 minutes, stirring as soon as midway by. Let cool barely.
In the meantime, whisk collectively the dressing substances: Greek yogurt, olive oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, salt, and cumin. Style and regulate seasoning as desired. The dressing ought to style very brilliant and limey—its taste will mellow as soon as tossed with the opposite substances.
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 further dressing as desired.


*JALAPENO NOTE: For a extra delicate salad, you’ll be able to take away the seeds and membrane from the pepper if desired. You might also omit the jalapeno fully for those who’re notably delicate to spicy meals.
**DRESSING NOTE: This recipe yields about 3/4 cup of dressing. Leftover dressing might 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 doable, retailer your dressing in a separate container, and preserve your tortilla chips exterior of the fridge to maintain crisp.
TO MAKE AHEAD: You’ll be able to prep all of the substances for the salad (besides the tortilla chips) and preserve them separate or combine them collectively. Put together the dressing, however retailer it individually from the Mexican salad substances. I like to recommend ready so as to add the creamy cilantro lime dressing till a couple of 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 total weblog publish 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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