The Best Southwest Salad

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5 from 7 reviews

This 5 minute creamy Southwest Salad Dressing is a McDonald’s copycat loaded with fresh Mexican flavors. It’s super quick and easy to throw together and stays good in the fridge for up to a week. Drizzle it over a simple Southwest salad and dinner is done!


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  • 8 oz. your favorite spring green mix
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 avocados, thinly sliced
  • 1 can corn kernels, drained
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Cotija, crumbled
  • 1 cup tortilla strips
  • fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Add all dressing ingredients to a large measuring cup and whisk until combined. 
  2. Add greens to a large serving platter. Top with sliced Cilantro Lime Chicken, black beans, red onion, and avocado. 
  3. Top with corn, tomatoes, Cotija, and homemade tortilla strips
  4. Pour dressing over salad just before eating. Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!



  • This southwestern salad dressing will stay good in the fridge for up to a week so you can prep a batch over the weekend and enjoy it for quick and easy lunches all week! It will separate as it sits in an airtight container in the fridge, so just give it a good stir to combine all the ingredients again and also season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • If you want to add a kick to your southwestern dressing, add a ½ teaspoon of chipotles in adobo, a little extra chili powder, or a couple pinches of cayenne pepper!