Southwest Salads

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Layered Taco Salad

Layered Taco Salad

Layered Taco Salad

I invented this taco salad to make my kids happy. Make it with ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken and it's equally good. —Betty Nickels, Tampa, Florida

Southwestern Barley Salad

Southwestern Barley Salad

Southwestern Barley Salad

Cilantro comes through in this colorful side that's zesty but not too spicy. It also makes a great luncheon dish when served with sesame breadsticks, sherbet and sugar cookies. It's sure to satisfy! —Tommi Roylance of Charlo, Montana

Guacamole Tossed Salad

Guacamole Tossed Salad

Guacamole Tossed Salad

This colorful salad is a hit even with those who don't like avocados.—Lori Fisher, Chino Hills, California

Santa Fe Salad

Santa Fe Salad

Santa Fe Salad

From Newport News, Virginia, Gail Park shares a colorful stand-alone salad that her family simply loves. “People always ask for the recipe when I bring it to a potlucks,” she adds. “The zippy dressing and mix of crunchy veggies with beans is a winning combination!”

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad

In North Richland Hills, Texas, Virginia Stencel mixes chicken, beans and corn with fresh jicama for a fun change of pace. The medley’s coated in a flavorful barbecue-ranch dressing with crunchy tortilla strips on top.

Spicy Warm Chicken Salad

Spicy Warm Chicken Salad

Spicy Warm Chicken Salad

This hearty main-dish salad, sent in by Iola Egle of Bella Vista, Arizona, makes a great cool-weather entree. It's colorful, delicious and filled with the kind of heat that’s great after a chilly football game or hike. Best of all, you can have it on the table in half an hour!

Three-Step Taco Salad

Three-Step Taco Salad

Three-Step Taco Salad

This Southwestern-style salad is layered with crunchy tortilla chips, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, olives, cheese and a zippy meat mixture, then drizzled with a snappy salsa dressing. "My family loves it," says Phyllis Schmalz of Kansas City, Kansas. "You will, too!"

Chicken Spiral Salad

Chicken Spiral Salad

Chicken Spiral Salad

"My family loves this zesty salad, and they eat it so fast that it barely has time to chill in the fridge," comments Cynthia Griffith from Danville, Virginia. Tip: Cynthia suggests serving this savory main dish over a bed of fresh torn greens.

Spicy Crunchy Veggies

Spicy Crunchy Veggies

Spicy Crunchy Veggies

This simple salad offers a lot of crunch and plenty of spice. I like topping it off with ranch-flavored almonds instead of toasting them myself.

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.

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Strawberry Avocado Salad

nancy Johnson of Laverne, Oklahoma blends together a sweet and tangy dressing to drizzle over this pretty salad. Tip: Substitute a little freshly grated onion instead of onion powder if you have an onion on hand.
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