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Speedy Southwest Salad

I used leftover corn and black beans I had in the fridge to throw together this simple layered salad. It's a big time-saver because it requires little chopping and features a quick dressing. The crunchy combination is always in demand at our house. -Kara Ann Goff, Loveland, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (10 ounces) ready-to-serve salad greens
  • 1 can (15 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup picante sauce
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes


  • Place the greens in a large salad bowl. Top with corn and beans.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salad dressing and picante sauce; spoon over vegetables; toss to coat. Sprinkle with tortilla chips, cheese and tomatoes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 306 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 709mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Angel182009
    Jul 5, 2020

    I love any type of Southwest Salad and this one did not fail. Great flavor. They are even great served with crushed up Doritos.

  • darlyn29
    Oct 28, 2019

    A staple in my collection of must-make salads. This salad is healthy and can be made in a hurry. I have made in large batches as well for pot lucks, it holds up well if you drain the corn and beans really well or add those just before serving. Wonderful taste, good health value with the added protein of beans and veggies! If I'm out of tortilla chips I have used Fritos and sometimes we add jalapenos for an added kick, but the recipe is great as it is stated. Highly recommend.

  • rena 55
    Apr 15, 2019

    A wonderful change from just a green salad. I love the combination of black beans and corn! This will be one I serve often! I will add some protein to it for a main dish!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 9, 2017

    We love this southwest salad. It goes well with any southwestern main dish.

  • Loiscooks
    Jun 21, 2017

    Very good! I added some green chiles and some chicken.

  • KarenKeefe
    Jul 22, 2016

    Very simple and delicious! The second time I made it I added ground turkey and a little more ranch and picante.

  • ppolen
    Jan 30, 2015

    Very quick, easy, & tasty! As it makes quite a bit, I've made it for large potlucks & gotten quite a few compliments on every time.

  • phillykm
    Sep 14, 2011

    This is a favorite salad in our home. We like it when we're in the mood for a meatless dish and we always serve it as a main course salad. I throw in some diced onions too.

  • thekard
    Aug 3, 2011

    Quick, easy and delicious!!!

  • milosmommy
    Jun 18, 2011

    This is a yummy salad! I forgot to add the tortilla chips! Bummer! I even got my 3 year old to eat it!