Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing

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Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing – A fresh and flavorful salad recipe surrounded by baked tortilla strips and topped with a homemade chipotle dressing. Easy to make and even more delicious to eat. This Mexican salad recipe is sure to become a family favorite!

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Mexican Salad

This Mexican salad with chipotle dressing is so easy to make and tastes incredibly fresh! It’s super flavorful and refreshing, making it perfect for summer. And it’s also great for using all of those fresh garden vegetables and farmer’s market produce.

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What I love about this Mexican salad recipe is that it’s perfect for both lunch and dinner. You can enjoy the salad as a main meal or a side dish and it can even be made for meatless Mondays or taco Tuesdays. It’s a double win! This is definitely a new family favorite and will be put on the meal rotation for sure!

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How to make this Mexican salad recipe

There are three separate components to this dish: the chopped salad with fresh vegetables, homemade chipotle salad dressing and easy baked tortilla strips. This recipe is so fresh, vibrant and super easy to make. Just follow these simple steps to get started. Scroll down for the printable Mexican salad recipe.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray both sides of tortilla shells with non-stick cooking spray. Align prepared shells in an even stack and cut down the middle. Dice the halves into about 1/4″ strips. Arrange strips in a single layer on a silpat lined baking sheet. Season with salt to taste. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown, flipping the strips once during baking.
  2. While the tortilla strips are baking, chop lettuce, tomatoes, orange pepper, onion, and avocado. Drain and rinse the corn and black beans. Add chopped vegetables, corn, and black beans to a large bowl.
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine cilantro, sour cream, chipotle in adobo, lime juice, taco seasoning and salsa. Pulse chipotle salad dressing until creamy and smooth.
  4. Pour the chipotle dressing over the bowl of vegetables and toss until coated.  You can top the salad with the tortilla strips or serve on the side.  The Mexican salad is best served cold.

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Quick tips about this Mexican salad

  • I used mild taco seasoning mix and salsa for the chipotle dressing, since I am using chipotle peppers. You could definitely use a medium or hot, depending on your heat preference.
  • Want to lighten up the chipotle dressing? Try using plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream (or even light sour cream).
  • Don’t want to make your own tortilla strips? Store bought are fine too.
  • Looking to add more protein? Add grilled or baked chicken. Steak would also be delicious!
  • This Mexican salad is best served cold.

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Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chipotle salad dressing, mexican salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 466 kcal
Author: I Heart Naptime

Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing - A fresh and flavorful salad recipe surrounded by baked tortilla strips and topped with a homemade chipotle dressing. Easy to make and even more delicious to eat. This Mexican salad recipe is sure to become a family favorite! 

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Ingredients

  • 10 flour tortillas (6 inch)
  • 1 head romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 15 oz sweet corn (1 can; whole kernels)
  • 15 oz black beans (1 can; rinsed and drained)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1 orange pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 medium red onion (chopped)
  • 1 ripe avocado (diced)
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons salsa
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (light is fine)
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray both sides of tortilla shells with non-stick cooking spray. Align prepared shells in an even stack and cut down the middle. Dice the halves into about 1/4″ strips. Arrange strips in a single layer on a silpat lined baking sheet. Season with salt to taste. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown, flipping the strips once during baking.

  2. While the tortilla strips are baking, chop lettuce, tomatoes, orange pepper, onion, and avocado. Drain and rinse the corn and black beans. Add chopped vegetables, corn, and black beans to a large bowl.

  3. In a blender or food processor, combine cilantro, sour cream, chipotle in adobo, lime juice, taco seasoning and salsa. Pulse chipotle salad dressing until creamy and smooth.

  4. Pour the chipotle dressing over the bowl of vegetables and toss until coated. You can top the salad with the tortilla strips or serve on the side. The Mexican salad is served best cold.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 466 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 971mg 40%
Potassium 1179mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 10g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 211.3%
Vitamin C 71%
Calcium 15.7%
Iron 30.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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25 comments on “Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing”

  1. Charlene Johnson-Boyd Reply

    I am so amazed to see this salad. Last year at our end-of-year celebration at my school; I wanted to create something different and this is what i came up with. I layered it in very large clear glass salad bowl. I didn’t use the peppers. I did sprinkle with a Mexican Blend of cheese and served Ranch Dressing on the side. Homemade bread too. Big hit with the staff. Will try your recipe next time.

  2. This salad! Seriously, I’m going to have to make this sometime this week. 

  3. Love that this is loaded with summer veggies! And I just loooove the chipotle peppers :) Nice for the season!

  4. I’ve been on a real salad kick lately! I can’t wait to try this one!

  5. I love anything Mexican, and this is totally calling my name!

  6. I love everything about this salad – I’m a huge fan of chopped salads and mexican salads. I love that you combined them!

  7. That is one beautiful salad and I love that dressing! 

  8. I see avocado in the picture of chopped veggies but don’t find it in the recipe?

  9. I’m going to make this salad tonight for dinner! Thanks I love the look of the fresh veggies.

  10. This is a salad that I know my family would love!

  11. I swear my body CRAVES salad at least once a week, and I’m always craving mexican food, so this is the perfect combo for my cravings! :) It totally looks like something I’d get at a restaurant too, so when I can make this at home, it’s even better! Thank you!

  12. This looks heavenly!! I love a good Mexican salad!

  13. Yummy, this salad looks SOOO good! I’m going to make it this weekend for a party we are going to! :)

  14. Love all of the fresh veggies packed into this salad, and I’m all about a good chipotle dressing!

  15. Yum! It looks so easy and delicious!

  16. I love how beautifully you plated this salad. It looks so appetizing!

  17. That salad is gorgeous! I can’t wait to try that dressing!

  18. This salad and that dressing is being added to my dinner list ASAP!

  19. Well this Mexican salad is calling my name! I love how vibrant all the colors are!

  20. Always looking for a tasty salad that is so simple.

  21. That dressing sounds amazing! I love all the colors in this salad!

  22. Totally adding this to my dinner menu!

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