Southwestern Layered Salad Recipe

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"I made this eye-catching salad for my parents' 50th anniversary party and everyone enjoyed it," says Mary VanLangendon of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The cilantro dressing adds pizzazz to layers of egg, avocado and veggies.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total TIme: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total TIme: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 8 cups shredded romaine
  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 3-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-1/4 cups minced fresh cilantro
  • Sliced ripe olives, cherry tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 280 calories, 23g fat (4g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Place the romaine in a large salad bowl. Arrange some egg slices around edge of bowl; place remaining eggs over romaine. Top with tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine the corn, beans and onions; spoon over tomatoes. In another large bowl, drizzle lime juice over avocados; gently toss to coat. Sprinkle avocados over tomatoes; spreading to sides of bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, lime juice, cumin and chili powder. Stir in cilantro. Pour dressing over salad. Garnish with olives, cherry tomatoes and cheese if desired. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Layered Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p41

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ljgasparov User ID: 6803018 256506
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2016

"I've made this salad for many occasions and it has always been a hit. I pour the dressing into a cruet and serve it at the table. The dressing is wonderful and makes even a plain salad special."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 109999
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"I made this about 1 hour before eating and refrigerated it. I found it to be pretty soggy and would recommend anyone that try this recipe to serve immediately."

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