Southwest Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

An excellent cool salad. It is make ahead and easy to make. The colors are very attractive, and the dressing is tart and tangy. You may also use the dressing on pasta or beans. Add grilled chicken strips for a complete meal, or Garbanzo beans, or try adding torn Romain lettuce just before serving.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients, except the tomato, add dressing, and chill several hours or overnight.
  2. Add tomato just before serving.
  3. Dressing: Mix dressing ingredients in a jar.
  4. Shake to mix, or whisk very, very well.
  5. Store in a glass jar in refrigerator.
Most Helpful

Every single time I make this (today will be the 5th or 6th time), I get rave reviews. I love all of the ingredients and the dressing is perfectly tangy without being overpowering. Perfect for picnics, summertime grillouts, and is versatile as a side dish or an appetizer. I'd imagine that for those who like a kick to their food, some jalapenos or a bit of cayenne would make a great addition too! Great recipe!

cvggrrl June 14, 2011

So delish! I've made it many times, omitting only the cheese and adding probably more cilantro to taste. Lovely, lovely summer recipe. Thank you!

norsecookie June 15, 2010

I substituted chickpeas for the black beans (didn't have any) and was very generous with the cilantro and this was delicious. The dressing is so good- I might make some to keep in the fridge for other salads.

maggieprill September 17, 2009