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Southwestern Summer Salad

Posted by  ·  August 5, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 22, 2019

This layered summer salad is delicious and can be made a day ahead. It makes a perfect no-cook summer meal!

Southwestern Layered Salad Recipe

1 head of lettuce (iceberg, romaine or your favorite), chopped
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 bell pepper (yellow, red or green), chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips

Southwestern Salad Dressing

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/4 cup your favorite salsa
Mix together sour cream, ranch salad dressing and salsa. Set aside.

Layer Salad

In a trifle bowl layer lettuce, black beans, onions, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, bell pepper, salad dressing, cheese and chips. Garnish with cilantro and tomatoes. If making the day ahead, leave tortilla chips out and add in before serving.


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  1. Viola Troesh
    Friday, July 22nd, 2016
    Have you posted the printables to use as signs for taking pictures on the first day of school?
  2. Maria Cunningham
    Saturday, January 17th, 2015
    You need to add a print button for fans to print your recipes.
    • Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
      I know! I am working on it! Sorry it is not user friendly right now.
  3. Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
    Hi There! I wanted to let you know I featured you today on Blissful & Domestic Recipes. Stop by and check it out!

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic
  4. Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
    Wow, this has my mouth watering. I am absolutely going to have to try this salad out and soon!
  5. Liane R
    Monday, August 8th, 2011
    This looks wonderful! We're having friends for a "salad supper" this week-end. This will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!
  6. Sunday, August 7th, 2011
    This looks so fresh and inviting. What a great spin on the layered salad! I featured it on my blog: http://mmtncrfts.blogspot.com.
  7. Suzanne
    Sunday, August 7th, 2011
    That looks so good!
  8. Friday, August 5th, 2011
    Oh my - how delicious looking! Love the addition of the beans and corn...and the great dressing. I added this to my Pinterest! =)
  9. Friday, August 5th, 2011
    yum, looks amazing!
  10. Geo
    Friday, August 5th, 2011
    Trust me everyone, it was yummy.......even the kids took seconds!!!!!
  11. Friday, August 5th, 2011
    Yum! The dressing sound really good especially with the black beans and chips!