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Southwest Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Southwest Salad with Cilantro Dressing

About 4 to 6 Servings

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1 bunch cilantro, stems removed

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

2 Tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Juice from 1 lime

2 Tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 head red leaf or green leaf lettuce, cut into 2” pieces

1 cup fresh or canned corn

2 tomatoes, quartered

½ cucumber, sliced

½ jicama, peeled and sliced

½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced


To Prepare Dressing:

Add cilantro, garlic, mayonnaise, vinegar and lime juice to food processor or blender and mix at medium speed for about a minute. Add ¼ cup of olive oil and mix at medium high speed until creamy in texture. Add more oil if dressing is too thick.

To Prepare Salad:

In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, corn, tomato, cucumber, jicama and black beans. Place sliced avocado on the top of salad. Serve with cilantro dressing.

Preparation Tips:

Mayonnaise gives the dressing a creamy texture. But, you can substitute with non-fat, plain yogurt or low-fat sour cream.

Having a weekend barbecue? Grill corn on the cob and chicken and add to the salad. Use our 5 Spice recipe to give a boost to the flavor.

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