Southwest Salads

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Fire-and-Ice Salad

Fire-and-Ice Salad

Fire-and-Ice Salad

This recipe gets its unique name from the combination of cool crisp vegetables and the spicy jalapeno and dressing. Folks I serve it to agree this is the best cucumber salad that they've ever tasted.

Avocado Citrus Salad

Avocado Citrus Salad

Avocado Citrus Salad

We have a 2-1/2-acre avocado grove. It's located on a high slope just north of town. In the distance, we see foothills covered with avocado and citrus groves. Those two crops make a great combination in this salad. Friends always request it. —Dorothy Kostas, Escondido, California

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

This fresh-tasting salad is the perfect accompaniment to the zippy burritos. It's really quick to toss together.—Kathy Ybarra, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Black Bean Vegetable Salad

Black Bean Vegetable Salad

Black Bean Vegetable Salad

WHEN I had a large vegetable garden, I had fun creating recipes, depending on what was ready for picking. I've found this salad complements meat or fish entrees and can be served even if you have another vegetable as a side dish. -Mildred Sherrer, Bay City , Texas

Cilantro Chicken Salad

Cilantro Chicken Salad

Cilantro Chicken Salad

Here's a perfect summer recipe from Linda Schwab-Edmundson, Shokan, New York. A distinctive dressing of cilantro, cumin and lime is refreshing over crisp lettuce and tender chicken. Toss in cherry tomatoes, if you'd like, for color.

Avocado Citrus Toss

Avocado Citrus Toss

Avocado Citrus Toss

"The light dressing doesn't mask the goodness of sweet citrus sections, crisp lettuce, crunchy almonds and mellow avocados," reports field editor Marie Hattrup of Sparks, Nevada

Pork Fajita Salad

Pork Fajita Salad

Pork Fajita Salad

For a refreshing take on fajitas, try this savory salad suggested by Iola Egle of McCook, Nebraska. "Your crowd will love the festive layers and creamy guacamole," Iola assures.

Bean Tossed Salad

Bean Tossed Salad

Bean Tossed Salad

I assemble this salad ahead of time and add the corn chips and salad dressing just before serving. You can adapted this salad by adding kidney beans, various cheeses and croutons or crunched tortillas instead of corn chips.—Tabitha Allen, Cypress, Texas

Southwestern Taco Salad

Southwestern Taco Salad

Southwestern Taco Salad

I came across this recipe while spending a winter in Arizona. Now as soon as we return home each spring, our grandchildren are waiting for me to make these refreshing salads. To save time, bake the salad shells in the morning. Cool: store in an airtight container.—Betty Johnson, Olympia, Washington

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Nancy tops packaged greens with the warm chicken and onion combo, then tosses in tomato, red pepper and shredded cheese to create this colorful salad. An easy dressing of zippy salsa and bottled vinaigrette adds the final flavorful touch.

Garden-Fresh Taco Salad

Garden-Fresh Taco Salad

Garden-Fresh Taco Salad

"I'm a teen who likes to cook, and I usually fix supper during summer vacation, since my mom works. One night, I planned a sunflower theme. I made this taco salad and served it 'potted' with the chips arranged to look like a flower head!" —Holly Joyce, Jackson, Minnesota
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