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Southwestern Chopped Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

This Southwestern chopped salad is full of flavorful vegetables and plant-based proteins and topped with a creamy, vegan avocado cilantro dressing.

I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but I’m so weird about my salads. I’m super picky about my dressings, and I normally opt for them to be tossed in the salad prior to eating. I really dislike eating bottled dressing. There are a few that I don’t mind, but for the most part I stay away from them. So, I’ve resorted to making my own.

Southwestern Chop Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing | Dairy free salad dressing, dairy free salads | @simplywhisked

The dressing for the Southwestern chopped salad is super easy. Everything gets thrown in a blender or food processor *affiliate link and it’s done. No chopping or whisking needed, which is good, because a chopped salad can require a bit more prep than your average bowl of lettuce. Luckily, the only about half of these ingredients need to be chopped, and the other half just get rinsed and/or dumped into the bowl.

Southwestern Chop Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing | Dairy free salad dressing, dairy free salads | @simplywhisked

But, regardless of the extra effort, this salad is worth it. There are so many flavors in each and every bite. And, I mean, there’s the cilantro. That makes it for me. If you don’t care for cilantro, try swapping some basil for it. You may also have a bit of extra dressing leftover, depending on how much you use. Feel free to store it in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Southwestern Chop Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing | Dairy free salad dressing, dairy free salads | @simplywhisked

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Southwestern Chop Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing | Dairy free salad dressing, dairy free salads | @simplywhisked

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing


Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 ounces fresh cilantro, stems and leaves
  • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

For the salad:

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives

Instructions

  1. For the dressing: combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor *affiliate link. Process until smooth.
  2. For the salad: combine all prepared ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with desired amount of dressing just before serving.

Nutrition
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Southwestern Chop Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing | Dairy free salad dressing, dairy free salads | @simplywhisked Southwestern Chop Salad with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Dressing | Dairy free salad dressing, dairy free salads | @simplywhisked
  • Reply
    Inger @ Art of Natural Liivng
    June 7, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Avocado and cilantro–yes!

  • Reply
    Paul Balestriere
    January 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      January 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      About 4. It really depends if you have it as a side or as meal on it’s own.

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