Mexican Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
This Mexican Salad is far more delicious than any restaurant and serves a crowd at a fraction of the price! It’s fresh, filling, flavorful, gluten-free, loaded with vegetables and drizzled with intoxicating Cilantro Lime Dressing. You will want to do douse the dressing on EVERYTHING, guaranteed. This Mexican Salad recipe is bursting smokey grilled sweet corn, crunchy red bell peppers, juicy tomatoes, hearty black beans, salty pepitas, creamy avocados, fresh romaine lettuce, kicking Pepper Jack cheese and crispy tortilla strips. You can dress this Mexican Salad up or down by adding chili lime chicken, chipotle chicken or cilantro lime chicken or more or less of your favorite ingredients to make it YOUR favorite Mexican Salad!
PEPITAS (or skip and use roasted, salted pepitas)
TORTILLA STRIPS (or skip and use store-bought tortilla strips/chips)
CILANTRO LIME DRESSING
Mexican Salad will last approximately 3 days in the refrigerator IF you don’t add the dressing directly to the salad. If you combine the salad and dressing before storing it in the fridge, it’ll become soggy. If you plan on storing leftovers, hold the dressing, avocados and the tortilla strips and store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator.
I love that you can prepare this Mexican Salad recipe ahead of time so the salad can come together in minutes when it’s time to serve.
If you want do more than just prep the Mexican Salad ahead of time, you can assemble most of it ahead of time. The secret to making taco salad ahead of time is to layer the ingredients so they don’t get soggy. This requires a specific order, with the most wet on the bottom. To make Mexican Salad ahead of time, layer the ingredients in the following order:
You will want to store the salad dressing separately and add the chips and avocados just before serving.
Yes! You will want to follow the guidelines outlined above about layering the salad in a specific order so the ingredients don’t become soggy. Layer the ingredients in the desired number of containers in the following order: