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Fiesta Salad Recipe

Fiesta Salad is a delicious and colorful salad full of fresh veggies and a simple tangy salad dressing. Perfect for BBQs and potlucks!

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Mexican Fiesta Salad Recipe

This bright and fresh salad is bursting with flavors and colors, making it a perfect addition to any meal. Packed with a variety colors and textures, it’s a fiesta in every bite!

Brought together with a simple dressing of sour cream, lime juice, and salsa, that adds a zesty kick, it’s perfect for any family gathering. 

Make it a main dish by adding protein like grilled chicken or taco meat. Serve as a side dish, or leave out the greens and serve as an appetizer with some tortilla chips.

fresh produce in individual bowls

Ingredients Needed

Mixed greens – I like to use mixed greens or substitute chopped romaine or fresh spinach.

Tomatoes – I like cherry or grape tomatoes for these.

Black beans – Substitute chickpeas or black eyed peas. Or leave out all together.

Corn – I like to use frozen white corn kernels or use Mexicorn or your own grilled fresh corn!

Bell peppers – Use any color bell pepper you like. I prefer red or orange for the sweetness and color.

Onion  Red onion is best as they have a great flavor and color.

Avocado – Substitute guacamole for diced avocado.

Salsa – Use red salsa, salsa verde, or pico de gallo.

Dressing ingredients – Sour cream, lime juice, and salsa.

Garnish – Chopped fresh cilantro, lime wedges, extra salsa, and crumbled Cotija cheese.

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How to Make Fiesta Salad

First: Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Second: In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients. Drizzle dressing over salad, toss to coat.

Third: Garnish with more cilantro, lime wedges, and cotija cheese.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

a great salad in a large mixing bowl

How long does it last?

This salad is delicious served the next day so you can make it ahead of time.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Give a quick toss before serving.

What to Serve with Fiesta Salad

Tortilla chips, grilled or rotisserie chicken, pork chops, tacos, or a Mexican spaghetti casserole.

Try my other delicious dishes like homemade potato salad, southern baked beans, or sloppy joes!

fork with bite over bed of lettuce in a fiesta salad

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Wash, dry and tear lettuce leaves or greens for best results.
  • Slice your tomatoes in half or in bite size pieces.
  • Spice it up with taco sauce and fajita seasoning in the dressing.
  • Chop all veggies into similar size pieces for easier mixing.
  • Rinse your corn and beans before adding to the salad.
  • Make dressing ahead of time and let chill in the fridge for an hour or so for the flavors to develop.
  • Prep all the Fiesta salad ingredients ahead of time and combine when ready to serve.
  • Garnish with crumbled Cotija cheese or substitute feta or shredded pepper jack cheese.
  • Add crunchy toppings like sunflower seeds or tortilla strips.

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fiesta salad in a bowl with a fork

This Fiesta Salad recipe is bursting with fresh ingredients like mixed greens, tomatoes, black beans, corn, avocado, and zesty salsa dressing. Perfect for any party or pot luck!

fiesta salad in a bowl

Fiesta Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Fiesta Salad is a delicious and colorful salad full of fresh veggies and a simple tangy salad dressing. Perfect for BBQs and potlucks!

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 ounce package) mixed salad greens
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained & rinsed,
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded & diced
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, diced small
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Garnishes: lime wedges, cilantro, Cotija cheese
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup ranch dressing or sour cream
  • ⅓ cup salsa
  • Juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad, toss to coat.
  4. Garnish with more cilantro, lime wedges, and cotija cheese.

Notes

  • Wash, dry and tear lettuce leaves or greens for best results.
  • Slice your tomatoes in half or in bite size pieces.
  • Spice it up with taco sauce and fajita seasoning in the dressing.
  • Chop all veggies into similar size pieces for easier mixing.
  • Rinse your corn and beans before adding to the salad.
  • Make dressing ahead of time and let chill in the fridge for an hour or so for the flavors to develop.
  • Prep all the Fiesta salad ingredients ahead of time and combine when ready to serve.
  • Garnish with crumbled Cotija cheese or substitute feta or shredded pepper jack cheese.
  • Add crunchy toppings like sunflower seeds or tortilla strips.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 306mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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