Southwestern Salad Recipe
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Southwestern Salad Recipe

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My mother gave me this recipe several years ago, and we have prepared it often ever since. It can be a meal in itself...or serve it along with a Mexican meal. I often take it to potlucks and watch it disappear in no time!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch green onions with tops, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Catalina salad dressing, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium head lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 4 cups corn chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 344 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 543mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a large salad bowl, toss together the beans, green onions, tomato, avocado and half of the Catalina dressing. Top with cheese and then lettuce. Refrigerate. Just before serving, add corn chips to salad and toss. Serve with remaining dressing. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Salad in Country Extra July 1993, p51

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momio User ID: 2526647 38115
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"I made it just as it was written and we really liked it and it was so quick and easy and a good meatless meal with a good amount of fiber!"

WImama User ID: 7106024 15693
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"I served this for a family soup and salad get together. Fritos that were on top did soften a bit, but adding additional Fritos when served as a leftover just adds an additional layer of crunch! Not boring and not too spicy for the kids."

sme198 User ID: 1311612 69330
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"Served as the main course. My husband works construction so when he comes home for dinner he wants something that will "stick to your ribs". This salad did that."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 39785
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"Made salad as directed but substituted Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch dressing for the Catalina...fabulous!"

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