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Southwest Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


6 servings

Friends served us this wonderful salad when we were vacationing in Arizona. My husband particularly liked the fresh-tasting citrus-flavored dressing, and asked me to be sure to get the recipe. It's since become one of our family's favorites. We think it's especially good served with a chicken casserole. —Sharon Evans, Clear Lake, Iowa
Southwest Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • SALAD:
  • 3 heads Boston lettuce, torn
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained or fresh orange sections


  1. In a small bowl, whisk salad dressing ingredients; set aside. Arrange the lettuce, cucumber, avocado, onion and oranges on individual plates. Drizzle with dressing just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 salad: 299 calories, 24g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    May 28, 2018

    Light and fresh!

  • JessGuinan
    Mar 7, 2013

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  • gnysack
    Feb 23, 2013

    This is a perfect hot weather salad!

  • karenjoc
    Feb 21, 2013

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  • luckischmitz
    Feb 20, 2013

    Easy and delicious. Uses items we always have on hand. The dressing is not overly sweet. We also add sliced roasted almonds.

  • Momma4ever
    Feb 19, 2013

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  • Geraldina
    Feb 18, 2013

    Absolutely wonderful!! I don't normally care for vinegar & oil based dressings, but this was so refreshing & light because of the orange & lemon.

  • rock1189
    Feb 16, 2013

    This will be a great summer side dish :)

  • kery4
    Feb 16, 2013

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  • jlemmon
    Feb 16, 2013

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