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Mexican Layered Salad

Here’s another popular dish I like to prepare in advance, adding the cheese and chips just before serving. It’s a slightly different version of the traditional layered salad.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 4 cups torn romaine
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced, optional
  • 1 large cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, sliced or cut into 1/2-in. chunks
  • 1 each large green and sweet red pepper, chopped or sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup canned chopped green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a 2-qt. trifle bowl or glass serving bowl, layer fresh vegetables and avocado. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, chiles and seasonings; spread over top. Sprinkle with chips and cheese.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 371 calories, 35g fat (6g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • sgronholz
    Jul 17, 2019

    What an awesome salad! I made it for a family gathering, so I used 6 cups of romaine, 1 3/4 cups mayonnaise, and layered it in a 12x8-inch pan. This worked perfectly and everyone thought the salad was great! A new favorite and something I can't wait to make again!

  • toothwarriorprincess
    Mar 7, 2015

    Easy recipe to make. For us it was pretty good. I just didn't like it wasn't something that could be had the next day. Or even make too far ahead. It was too soggy.

  • Dsim203
    Feb 23, 2015

    Good and easy recipes

  • Janadele
    Mar 31, 2014

    Served this at a luncheon. I added alittle more chili powder and would cut down alittle on the mayonnaise but it had a good flavor and several wanted the recipe. It is a good mix of vegetables.

  • Corwin44
    Mar 12, 2014

    This a great salad with a pretty presentation. I don't care for mayo so I used ranch instead. I served the dressing on the side, but it was not necessary because everyone liked it. I made this dish along side a chilies rellenoes casserole.

  • suze81952
    Mar 22, 2013

    I am a big fan of fudge & this is the best I have ever had. I gave to relatives & friends as a gift & all raved about the taste.

  • barb1234
    Mar 8, 2013

    No comment left

  • chellerain
    Nov 17, 2012

    My review is based on the dressing. (As for the vegetable combination and presentation, I thought it was very good.) The dressing was overpowered by the chili powder. You could hardly taste any heat from the green chiles, and the mayo flavor was just too much. I felt embarrassed to serve it!

  • mousefullhouse
    Oct 6, 2012

    Very tasty. The flavors really blend well!! The only thing we do differently is that we leave out the avocadoes since we don't care for them. Simply DELICIOUS!!!

  • moonbear36
    Jun 8, 2012

    very tasty and easy to carry to dinners