Southwestern Salad Recipes

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A quick, delicious and nutritious meal can be centered around a salad. This page contains southwestern salad recipes.


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This salad is spicy hot so if "hot/hot" is not your cup of tea, simply use one small jalapeno rather than two. You can also substitute the lemon with a lime for a slightly different flavor.



In a medium size bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro. Sprinkle with garlic salt and squeeze the juice from both lemons over the salad mixture. Gently stir, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour so flavors have time to blend.


By Deeli from Richland, WA

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Great bean salad and a nice guacamole recipe to serve with corn chips. Since there is salsa in the salad, you can scoop up the salad with the corn chips and put a dollop of guacamole on the chip. Really good and good for you.


Southweat Bean Salad
  • 1 15 1/2 oz. can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 1/2 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 1/2 oz. can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 3/4 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
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  • 1 1/4 cup thinly sliced olives
  • 2 large Hass avocados
  • 2 Tbsp. medium salsa
  • 1 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp. lime juice


For salad: In a large bowl, combine kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, celery, onion, tomato, corn and olives. Lift gently with hands several times to combine evenly.

In a small bowl, mix together salsa, oil, lime juice, chili powders and salt. Blend well. Pour over salad mixture and toss to coat.

Cover and refrigerate at least two hours to chill salad thoroughly. Toss again before serving.

For guacamole: Peel avocados and remove pits and mash avocados in bowl with lime juice (save avocado pits for planting a tree?). Add the salsa, sour cream and onion salt

Cover the top of the guacamole with plastic wrap where it is touching the guacamole to prevent browning while it waits in the refrigerator.

Serve both salad and guacamole with corn chips.


Source: Home cooking May 2005 Although I have added and deleted things from their original recipes, because I don't like spicy foods and I love olives.

By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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I am not usually fond of bean salads, but I do love the 'southwestern' flavor of this one.

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April 19, 2005

A yummy, bean salad to make in the evening for a picnic, party or potluck.

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June 28, 2004

This tasty salad is easy to put together and is full of flavor. Perfect to bring to a potluck or as a light meal.

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