I’m embarrassed to admit that the first time my mom made this Southwestern Layered Salad that I didn’t want to try it. It took a long (long!) time for me to like salads, and I thought it just sounded … not so exciting.
Well, I’m happy to admit that I was so wrong. This salad is delicious! Everything comes together to make it a hearty, flavorful salad.
This southwestern layered salad is also really easy to make. If I don’t have leftover bacon (and I almost never do), I just chop everything up while the bacon is cooking, and then it’s all ready to put together. So, it’s a quick, easy dinner.
It’s also one of the only salads that my kids will happily eat. Not only do they eat it, but they ask for seconds or thirds, which is pretty amazing.
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Southwestern Layered Salad
Southwestern layered salad is an easy, layered salad that's packed with delicious southwestern flavors.
- 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped, divided
- 3 cups romaine lettuce chopped
- 14 ounce can corn drained
- 2 Roma tomatoes chopped
- 1 green pepper seeded and diced
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 1 avocado diced
- 1/4 cup regular or fat-free Italian dressing
- In a small bowl, stir together black beans, salsa, and 2 tablespoons cilantro.
In a glass dish, in this order, layer black bean mixture, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, green pepper, cheese, bacon, and avocado.
- Drizzle dressing over the top.
- Serve immediately, and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro just before serving.
*Nutrition values are estimates.