The Best Chopped Southwest Salad

I am so guilty of buying those bagged salads in the produce section at the super market. I LOVE THEM. Whenever I am feeling unmotivated to meal prep for the week, my go-to is any kind of southwest salad. But at $4-$5 a pop those bagged salads are not a very economical solution to my mid-day meal hunt. So this week, feeling quite motivated and also a little strapped for cash, I decided to create my own southwest style dressing and get my salad on at home.

A black bowl loaded with a southwest salad filled with veggies and drizzled with homemade dressing

To be honest, I’ve tried repeatedly just to buy a southwest dressing and I cannot find one to save my life. I’ve seen a couple southwest ranch dressings out there but they’re not even close to the same. Too much ranch (is there such a thing?!) and not enough southwest.

A black bowl loaded with a southwest salad filled with veggies and drizzled with homemade dressing

I’ve had the southwest salad a Mickey D’s a few times (see, I told you, I really am a southwest salad connoisseur) and it comes with the most glorious Newman’s Own Southwest dressing. After a little research I discovered that Newman’s Own makes it exclusively for McDonald’s and you cannot find it anywhere else. So Mickey D’s has the monopoly on the only delicious southwest dressing ever.

A black bowl loaded with a southwest salad filled with veggies and drizzled with homemade dressing

Until now! I would venture to say that this dressing might even be better than Newman’s Own. But I’ll let you be the judge!

A black bowl loaded with a southwest salad filled with veggies and drizzled with homemade dressing

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The Best Chopped Southwest Salad


  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American/TexMex

Description

Save money and prep this Southwest salad at home for a week’s worth of healthy lunches! You’ll never want another bagged salad again after you try this homemade Southwest dressing!


Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 small bunch kale, stems removed, chopped
  • 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4-5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn kernels, (fresh corn is even better if it’s in season)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1 cup tortilla strips or chips
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced

Dressing:

  • 16 oz. light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 6 lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Place kale in a medium bowl, drizzle with olive oil and lime juice. Massage for 3-4 minutes until it gets bright green and starts to wilt. Mix kale with romaine and assemble salads by dividing greens between six plates or Tupperware containers (or place in a large bowl if you are serving family style). Then add remaining toppings.
  2. Add all dressing ingredients to a large mason jar and shake vigorously until well combined. Pour dressing over salad, garnish with cilantro and lime wedges and enjoy!

Keywords: easy, simple, healthy, meal prep, lunch, recipe, quick, vegetarian

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