Southwestern Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

I’ve had a bad hankering for Southwestern food, lately.  I can’t say this is unusual but it’s been intense.  I’ve had southwestern meals about 3-4 times in the past week.  I must say this salad was the highlight.

Southwestern Salad

Full of amazing flavor and texture this salad is everything I ever dreamed of.  Exaggerate much?  No I’m being totally serious!  I could eat this salad everyday and be so content with life.

SW salad

This dressing is over the time creamy and the tanginess of the lime makes it so unique and satisfying. I had a similar dressing many years ago at a Tex-Mex restaurant with my mom.  I can’t for the life of me remember what state or town we were in but I can picture the inside of the restaurant  and sitting there with my mom and our amazing meal clear as day. When I tasted this dressing it took me right back to that meal.  I was so happy.

Southwest salad

I will probably be making this at least once a week  – so get ready family for some Southwest salads!  😉  I hope you love this salad and dressing as much as I do.  It comes with super humble ingredients and can be prepared days in advance (just store dressing separately)

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Southwestern Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 20m
  • Serves: 2



  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1/2 juice of lime
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flake
  • 1 pinch pepper and salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic power
  • 1 teaspoon chives


  • 1 small sweet potato, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a food processor blend all dressing ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a small non stick pan heat olive oil. Add in sweet potato and saute for about 10 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Once tender add in red peppers. Saute for just a few minutes. Season with chili powder, garlic powder and salt and peppper. Set aside to cool slightly
  4. In salad bowl add Romaine lettuce and top with sweet potatoes, peppers, black beans, cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Top with desired amount of dressing. Toss to combine.
  6. Garnish with lime wedges and more chives if desired.


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