Anita's Fabulous Southwestern Garden Salad

Anita's Fabulous Southwestern Garden Salad

Ready in 45 minutes

This salad is FABULOUS!

"Made this last night and it was fantastic. No changes to recipe..the only thing I will do differently next time is to drain AND rinse the black beans. They turned my chicken and corn grey. Def in my rotation, especially for hot Texas summers..."

- Thekidsmom1224

Top-ranked recipe named "Anita's Fabulous Southwestern Garden Salad"

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Ingredients

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1 package Salad greens; 8 cups mixed lettuce
2 Tablespoon Cilantro; fresh, minced
3 each Tomatoes; diced
1 15-oz can Black beans; drained
1 15-oz can Corn; drained
1 cup Tortilla chips; crushed
1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese; shredded
1 pinch Salt; to taste
1 pinch Black pepper; to taste
2 cups Chicken; cooked, diced (optional)
--DRESSING--
1 cup raspberry walnut vinaigrette dressing; Ken's Steakhouse Lite
1/3 cup Honey
1 8-oz package Guacamole

Original recipe makes 4

Servings  

Preparation

Wash salad greens and place in a large bowl. Dice tomatoes and add to salad greens. Salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the black beans and corn. Add both to salad greens.

Add the shredded cheese. Mix well.

I make the salad both with or without the chicken. It's fabulous either

way.

Crush the tortilla chips and set aside. You add these to the salad

immediately before serving so that they stay crisp.

To make the dressing - get a small bowl and add the Raspberry Vinaigrette, honey and guacamole -- mix well and pour on the salad mixture when ready to serve.

I came up with this recipe after eating at Chile's Restaurant and ordering their Quesadilla Explosion Salad. We absolutely fell in love with it. This salad is my version of Chile's Salad -- my family tells me that it's actually better, although I'm not sure that's true, I do believe it's just as good.

I believe the salad dressing is one of the main ingredients that makes this salad special.

I buy Ken's Lite Steakhouse Salad dressing (Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette) at Wal-Mart and I also buy the AvoClassic Guacamole at Wal-Mart too. You can find it in the produce section, usually next to bagged salad greens and fresh packages of herbs.

Notes

The raspberry dressing is well impossible to get down here in South Africa, but I do my best on substitutes. I make this salad often, whenever I have friends over for a braai (barbeque) which is a common weekend occurance. Its always divine.

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Made this last night and it was fantastic. No changes to recipe..the only thing I will do differently next time is to drain AND rinse the black beans. They turned my chicken and corn grey. Def in my rotation, especially for hot Texas summers...
Thekidsmom1224 1 year ago
An outstanding salad with or without chicken added. Great flavor and a filling meal.
chuck2011 3 years ago
When everybody in the family has seconds, you know it was good!
Petrushka 4 years ago
I have made this recipe twice now and I love what the dressing does for this salad. I like to make a Mexican Buffet (Mexican,Southwestern, Tex-Mex) on Christmas Eve and I will be sure to have this recipe on the table.
hanan@home 6 years ago
[I made edits to this recipe.]
cleverkt 7 years ago
The raspberry dressing is well impossible to get down here in South Africa, but I do my best on substitutes. I make this salad often, whenever I have friends over for a braai (barbeque) which is a common weekend occurance. Its always divine.
cleverkt 7 years ago
This makes a great warm weather lunch or brunch. I topped it with fresh tomato slices.
promfh 8 years ago
[I posted this recipe.]
webtexan 8 years ago
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