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Mexican Salad

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

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Final evening, I dreamed a couple of salad.

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

Properly, let me let you know, should you 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 would possibly simply want you dreamed about salad too.

Crisp, flavorful, and filling, this straightforward 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 would develop into the salad you not solely dream about by evening but additionally inflict daydreams of far-off white sandy seaside holidays (with a Skinny Margarita in hand) as your polish off each final chew.

5 Star Assessment

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

— Marie —

The right way to Make Mexican Salad

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


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

The Substances

Candy Potatoes. Full of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, candy potatoes maintain 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 identical seasoning for this Candy Potato Black Bean Salad.)Romaine. My choose for a hearty salad inexperienced that received’t overtake different substances. It has a light taste that permits the opposite substances to shine whereas including a pleasant crunch to each chew.

Market Swap

You possibly can swap the romaine for a unique salad inexperienced of your alternative. Child spinach, blended discipline 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 shade, moisture, and conventional Mexican aptitude.Jalapeño. Kick up the warmth.

Ingredient Observe

Take away the seeds and membrane from the pepper for a extra delicate Mexican salad. You may additionally omit the jalapeño solely should you’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 glorious 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 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 should 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 decisions too.Avocado. For added creaminess and an additional dose of wholesome fat. You 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.


Make certain to do that step first. Whereas they roast, you may 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.Prime with tortilla chips and different non-compulsory toppings. ENJOY!

Storage Ideas

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 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 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 substances with the dressing. Sprinkle together with your tortilla chips, and luxuriate in!

Make Forward

Possibility 1. You possibly can prep all substances (besides the tortilla chips) and maintain them separate or blended collectively. Put together the dressing, however depart it off the Mexican salad for now. I like to recommend ready so as to add the creamy lime dressing till a number 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.Possibility 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 if you’re in a rush.

What to Serve with Mexican Salad

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Really useful Instruments to Make this Recipe

Sheet Pan. For toasting, roasting, baking, and the whole lot 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.

The Finest Knife Set

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

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Ceaselessly Requested Questions

How Can I Make Mexican Salad Vegan?

To make this straightforward 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, chances are you’ll actually omit it from the recipe if that’s your choice. The flavour shall be a bit completely different however scrumptious nonetheless, I’m certain.

What Meat Goes With Mexican Salad?

When you’re searching for a meat-forward important 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. Take a look at this turkey Taco Salad too.


Mexican Salad

The BEST Mexican salad! This straightforward Mexican salad with creamy lime dressing and candy potatoes is wholesome, vegetarian, and versatile.
Course Dinner, Primary Course, Salad, Aspect Dish
Delicacies Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Prepare dinner Time 20 minutes
Complete Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings (as a aspect) or 4 (as a important)
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 (non-compulsory, for serving)Tortilla strips or crushed chips (non-compulsory, for serving)Sliced avocado (non-compulsory, 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’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 save lots of 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 means of. 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 alter seasoning as desired. The dressing ought to style very vibrant 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 additional dressing as desired.


*JALAPENO NOTE: For a extra delicate salad, you may take away the seeds and membrane from the pepper if desired. You may additionally omit the jalapeno solely should you’re significantly 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 an alternative; omit the cheese.
TO STORE: Mexican salad could also be stored in an hermetic storage container for as much as 3 days. If attainable, retailer your dressing in a separate container, and maintain your tortilla chips outdoors of the fridge to maintain crisp.
TO MAKE AHEAD: You possibly can prep all of the substances for the salad (besides the tortilla chips) and maintain 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 number 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 non-compulsory 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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