The colors in this southwestern salad are so vibrant. All the taco style toppings pair well with the southwest slaw salad too!
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Southwestern Salad

This is a southwestern salad like no other... with fresh, vibrant ingredients that all work together in a chorus of flavor explosion. Absolutely delicious, vegetarian and packed full of vegetable proteins too!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 522kcal

Ingredients

Spicy Pickled Onions

  • 1 Red Onion Sliced Thin
  • 1 tsp Hot pepper Sliced Thin
  • 1 Garlic Clove Cut in half
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Tomato Medley Salsa

  • 2 cups Cherry Tomato Quartered
  • 1/2 Red Onion Fine dice
  • 1 clove Garlic Fine dice
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro Finely chopped
  • 1/2 Lime Juice only
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt

Garden Style Guacamole

  • 2 Avocado Peeled, pit removed & mashed
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Lime Juice Only
  • 5 Cherry Tomatoes Quartered
  • 1 tbsp Shallot Minced
  • 1/2 Red Onion Finely diced
  • 1/2 Jalapeno Finely diced
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro Finely chopped

Pickled Onion & Corn Relish

  • 1 cup Yellow Corn
  • 1/3 cup Pickled Onions Diced
  • 1/3 cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 1.5 tsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Hot Peppers Finely diced
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro Finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Mexican Slaw

  • 1 head Romaine Heart Sliced thinly
  • 1/4 head Red Cabbage Cored & Sliced thinly
  • 1 Carrot Shredded
  • 2 tbsp Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cracked Pepper

Sauteed Peppers & Onions

  • 1 Red Pepper Sliced
  • 1 Onion Peeled & sliced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Chipotle Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 1 Pinch Black Pepper

Instructions

Spicy Pickled Onions

  • Boil 2 cups of water. Add the sliced red onion and allow to boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and strain out the onion. 
  • Place the onion in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Make sure the onion is covered with the vinegar. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Tomato Medley Salsa

  • Add all the ingredients to a bowl. Mix well and allow the flavors to develop for at least 30 minutes before serving. Mix well before serving.

Garden Style Guacamole

  • Add the avocado, spices and lime juice to a bowl. Mix well. Add in the remaining ingredients and gently incorporate. Allow the flavors to develop for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Pickled Onion & Corn Relish

  • Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasonings. 

Mexican Slaw

  • In a small bowl, mix the chipotle sauce, lime juice, olive oil, salt & pepper. Set aside.
  • Add the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make sure that the red cabbage is separated. Sometimes it gets stuck together when shredding. The same applies to the romaine.

Sauteed Peppers & Onions

  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add in the olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add in the onions and salt. Cook for 2 minutes and then add in the red peppers. Cook for another 4-5 minutes or until nicely browned. Allow to cool before adding to the salad.

Chipotle Salad Dressing

  • Add the ingredients to a bowl. Whisk well to emulsify. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Southwestern Salad

  • Add your base of Mexican Slaw to a bowl. Top with the Salsa, Peppers & Onions and Corn Relish. Give a healthy dollop of guacamole. Pour some of the Chipotle Salad Dressing over top and dig in!

Notes

The best part of this salad is having leftover toppings! Make sure you store them well covered in the refrigerator. They are perfect the next day in a fajita or a taco. Around our house there is no such thing as too much Mexican!

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcal