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Southwest Salad

This southwest salad is going to knock your socks off! It is good for you, easy to make and the creamy chipotle dressing is beyond tasty. Thanks to the quinoa, this southwest salad recipe is also healthy.

What is quinoa?

Quinoa is a main part of this recipe. It is a grain that also happens to be a superfood. Quinoa can be used as a base for salads in place of leafy greens or, like in this southwest salad, it can be a topping for a salad!

There are hundreds of types of quinoa, but the most common are black, white or red. These kinds of quinoa are what you will likely find at the grocery store.

Quinoa is packed with fiber, and is a great source of plant based protein. It also has a ton of iron and vitamin E in each serving. It’s super important to diversify where you get your protein and iron from even if you aren’t a vegetarian or vegan. Getting protein from plants is healthier than from meat!

Ways to add variety to this southwest salad

The beauty of our delicious southwest salad recipe is that you can easily swap out ingredients! Whether you don’t like the ingredient, don’t have it, or simply want to use some leftovers, feel free to mix things up. Here are some suggestions for how to shake up this recipe:

  • You can make this recipe dairy free by swapping out the sour cream for plant based yogurt.
  • Instead of red onions, you can use shallots, green onions, or white onions!
  • If you don’t have quinoa, you can use rice or couscous in its place.
  • You can use any kind of bean you like for this recipe. Sometimes we use beans that are marinated, other times we use plain beans in a can.
  • Feel free to mix up the salad base! Spinach is a great way to add protein to this recipe.
  • And speaking of protein, you can add chicken or steak and make this salad recipe even heartier.

How to make a southwest salad

  1. Prepare your salad ingredients. Thinly chop the lettuce, slice the tomatoes and onions, and cook the quinoa, beans and corn.
  2. Get a large bowl. Place the lettuce in the bowl. Follow that by adding the quinoa, tomatoes, beans, roasted corn, red onion, avocado tortilla chips and cilantro.
  3. Make the dressing in a blender. Add the adobe chipotle peppers, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, lime juice and honey to the blender. Then add in the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Blend it together.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad.
  5. Mix the salad to evenly distribute the dressing.
  6. Serve!

How to store southwest salad

To be totally honest, salad leftovers don’t keep super well after you add the dressing. Try your best to only dress the amount of salad that you are going to eat. A dressed salad will last for one day in an airtight container in the fridge.

A great part about this recipe is that you can assemble the salad and make the dressing in advance. An un-dressed salad will last for 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Simply store the dressing separately and mix it together when you’re ready to eat it!

Similar salads you will love

If salads are a regular part of your meal rotation, we have great news for you! These salads are just as easy to make as our southwest salad. They are also filling and delicious.

  • Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad, also known as Salata Baladi is a simple salad with just a few ingredients! You can quickly chop up cucumber, tomato, parsley and mint and throw it all together with a lime based dressing!
  • Our Whipped Feta Chicken Salad is hearty and can be a meal all on its own! We bake the chicken coated in feta and top the salad with mango, red onion, Kalamata olives, cucumber, and tomatoes.
  • A cobb salad is a traditional American salad and our Cobb Salad With Green Goddess Dressing takes it up a notch! Traditionally composed of a base of mixed greens, tomatoes, bacon, fried chicken, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, and cheese, this salad really hits the spot. Our refreshing green goddess dressing makes all the ingredients shine!
  • And on that note, our Green Goddess Salad is to die for!! It is a simple food processor recipe and the dressing is truly the star.
  • If you loved the quinoa in our southwest salad recipe, then our Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is perfect for you. The ingredients in this salad take you to the Mediterranean coast! This salad is light, but filling.

Southwest Salad

This salad is loaded with plant based protein! It's good for you and full of flavor!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: tex mex
Keyword: healthy salad recipe, plant based protein, quinoa bowl, southwest quinoa salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories:

Ingredients

  • 4 oz canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 a lime juice approx 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Salad
  • 1 cup uncooked Quiona cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 14 oz can pinto beans or black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium avocado sliced
  • 1 cup blue corn tortilla chips
  • 1 cup frozen roasted corn thawed

Instructions

  • Prepare your salad ingredients. Thinly chop the lettuce, slice the tomatoes and onions, and cook the quinoa, beans and corn.
  • Place the lettuce in a large bowl. Follow that by adding the cooked quinoa, tomatoes, beans, roasted corn, red onion, avocado, tortilla chips and cilantro.
  • Make the dressing in a blender. Add the adobe chipotle peppers, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, lime juice and honey to the blender. Then add in the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Blend it together.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad.
  • Mix the salad to evenly distribute the dressing.
  • Serve!

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