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Southwest Salads

Looking for recipes for southwest salads? Taste of Home has the best southwest salads recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

Creamy Taco Dressing

Creamy Taco Dressing

Creamy Taco Dressing

Kim jazzes up a mix and turns a few pantry staples into this creamy dressing. —Kim Smith, Alden, New York

Colorful Gazpacho Salad

Colorful Gazpacho Salad

Colorful Gazpacho Salad

The combination of flavors from the tomatoes, jicama and cilantro make this salad great for picnics, potlucks, cookouts and salad buffets. It is delicious.—Brenda Hoffman, Stanton, Michigan

Fiery Chicken Spinach Salad

Fiery Chicken Spinach Salad

Fiery Chicken Spinach Salad

This hearty and colorful main-course salad is easy to throw together when I get home from work, because it uses canned black beans and Mexicorn and packaged chicken breast strips. I sometimes add a can of ripe olives and fresh cherry tomatoes from our garden.
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Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

This colorful, crunchy salad is chock-full of easy-to-swallow nutrition that all ages will love. Try it with a variety of summer entrees…or as a wholesome salsa!—Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon

Black Bean Avocado Salad

Black Bean Avocado Salad

Black Bean Avocado Salad

"You can taste the essence of summer in this refreshing salad I serve with grilled chicken," says Sue Kauffmann of Columbia City, Indiana

Cheesy Beef Taco Salad

Cheesy Beef Taco Salad

Cheesy Beef Taco Salad

Arlene Ghent of St. Joseph, Michigan says, "I often double the recipe so there are leftovers for lunch the next day."

Guacamole Chicken Salad

Guacamole Chicken Salad

Guacamole Chicken Salad

This flavorful chicken salad is perfect for company. “As a registered nurse with a hectic schedule, I try to prepare recipes that are fast, but also keep the nutritional needs in mind,” notes Carmen Bolar of Bronx, New York. “This one definitely meets all of my criteria.”

Papaya-Avocado Tossed Salad

Papaya-Avocado Tossed Salad

Papaya-Avocado Tossed Salad

Fruit is a terrific addition to green salads in summer. Here our home economists tossed in papaya and avocado.

Corny Mexican Salad

Corny Mexican Salad

Corny Mexican Salad

From Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia comes this fresh-tasting medley of veggies tossed with a zesty oil-and-vinegar dressing. Serve the salad alone as a side dish or pair it with tortilla chips for an appetizer.

Jicama Romaine Salad

Jicama Romaine Salad

Jicama Romaine Salad

Stephanie Homme and her family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are real fans of jicama. “It’s a Mexican root vegetable that’s like a cross between a turnip and sweet potato,” she explains. “It’s juicy, sweet and adds crunch and heat to this wonderful salad with feisty Mexican flair.”

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad

Gert Rosenau of Pewaukee, Wisconsin blends the best of two popular salads into one satisfying main dish. "Serve taco or corn chips on the side, and you have a complete meal," she says.
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