Layered Southwestern Salad

Southern Living
The perfect party dish or grilling side dish, this salad has cooling flavors and none of the heat typical of Southwestern dishes.
8 to 10 servings


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1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (16-ounce) package romaine lettuce, shredded
5 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small purple onion, chopped
1 (8-ounce) package shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend
1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
1 (6-ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
Garnish: fresh cilantro leaves


Process first 7 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.

Layer lettuce and next 7 ingredients in a 3-quart glass bowl. Pour vinaigrette over salad just before serving, and gently toss. Garnish, if desired, and serve immediately.

Created date

December 2001