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Southwestern Layered Salad

Southwestern Layered SaladThis post was originally published on 12/31/12. It’s such a family favorite that I’ve decided to re-share it again.Southwestern Layered Salad

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.

Southwestern Layered SaladThis 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
5 from 1 vote

Southwestern Layered Salad

Southwestern layered salad is an easy, layered salad that's packed with delicious southwestern flavors. 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 482 kcal
Author i heart eating


  • 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


  1. In a small bowl, stir together black beans, salsa, and 2 tablespoons cilantro.
  2. In a glass dish, in this order, layer black bean mixture, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, green pepper, cheese, bacon, and avocado.

  3. Drizzle dressing over the top.
  4. Serve immediately, and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro just before serving.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition values are estimates.

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Layered Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 760mg 32%
Potassium 592mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 57g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 50.7%
Vitamin C 30.7%
Calcium 11.2%
Iron 11.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    June 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Yum! This is my kind of salad recipe! I will have to try it soon!

  • Reply
    June 3, 2017 at 8:34 am

    About how many does it feed as a side dish?

    • Reply
      June 3, 2017 at 9:38 am

      It feeds about 6 as a main, so I’d say about 12 as a side.

  • Reply
    June 2, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Obsessed. This is perfect for parties, but also the perfect lunch or mexican dinner side! Love!

    • Reply
      June 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Thanks so much! =)

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    Inci @ Bella's apron
    June 2, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Looks healthy and great and perfect side dish or main entre too. love the pictures

    • Reply
      June 2, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thank you so much!

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    stacie juarez
    June 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Sowthwesteren salad good.

    • Reply
      June 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!! =)

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    May 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    This sounds great but that do you do with the rest of the cilantro. Recipe calls for 1/4 cup, you use 2 T in the bean mixture, when do you add the rest? I thought maybe sprinkle it on top but don’t see it in the picture.

    • Reply
      May 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks for catching that! Yes, you sprinkle it on when you serve it. I’ll update the recipe so that part is fixed. Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy the salad! =)

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    Happy Valley Chow
    May 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Absolutely beautiful salad! Definitely want to give this a try :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • Reply
      May 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so much!! =)

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