This Mexican fiesta chopped salad is a party on a plate! Filled with nutritious and tasty goodies, like black beans, corn, avocado, tortilla strips, and CHEESE, you won’t even realize you’re eating something healthy!
mexican fiesta chopped salad

This is what moderation looks like.

Because, cliche as it may be, that little voice inside your head telling you that if you’re going to eat the cheesiest of cheesy things for dinner, you should probably have a salad for lunch?

She’s right.

Oh. so. very. right.

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And I absolutely do not  know that because I ate mac and cheese for lunch, pizza for dinner, and cake for dessert on Saturday and then fell into a food coma twenty-three miles wide. (#reallife)

Ahem.

It’s just common sense.

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But, and let’s be honest, if any salad is going to tear you away from the leftover cheesy carbs in the fridge, it has to be good. Damn good.

Like, the kind of good that has your fiance sitting on the couch for hours straight, eating it straight from the serving bowl.

THAT good.

Am I right?

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Full of salad funsies, like black beans, bits of avocado, juicy corn, tortilla strips, and CHEESE IN EVERY BITE, this Mexican fiesta chopped salad is THAT salad.

So let’s make this moderation thing happen. One fiesta-filled bite at a time.

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One year ago…Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili with Parmesan-Black Pepper Beer Bread

Three years ago…Wasabi and Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Brownies

Mexican Fiesta Chopped Salad
 
This Mexican fiesta chopped salad is a party on a plate! Filled with nutritious and tasty goodies, like black beans, corn, avocado, tortilla strips, and CHEESE, you won't even realize you're eating something healthy!
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp Mexican or taco seasoning
For the salad
  • 12 oz lettuce (I used a Gourmet lettuce medley)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 8 oz canned or frozen corn, drained and thawed
  • 1 medium avocado, cubed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz queso fresco, crumbled
  • crumbled tortilla chips, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Chop the lettuce and toss it with the black beans, corn, avocado, grape tomatoes, and queso fresco in a large bowl. Serve, drizzling with dressing and topping with tortilla chips.
Notes
Adapted from McCormick.com
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe

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76 Responses to Mexican Fiesta Chopped Salad

  1. Since it is your birthday [week] you can really eat everything you want all week long… but this salad looks worthy and delicious.

  2. bellini says:

    I love this salad Joanne…consider it pinned..twice.

  3. Johanna GGG says:

    Oh I know what I want for my lunch tomorrow – this looks so good

  4. Teffy says:

    Ooo I love black beans! And avocado! And corn! Haha this is the salad bowl for me.
    I’ve never thought to crumble tortillas though. They must add the perfect crunch.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  5. This looks wonderful! So many delicious things in it.

  6. I love salads like this! Mexican and lettuce (I’m weird) are two things I crave more than anything. I normally just mix Ranch with BBQ or salsa because lazy, but this dressing sounds much healthier and more delicious.

  7. This looks delicious!! I love chopped Mexican salads–well pretty much anything that involves avocado and cheese. Love it!

  8. Yeah, this is the type of salad that I would eat the entire bowl on the couch!

  9. I could eat this salad breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

  10. Chopped salads are the best kind of salads because it elements the whole “lettuce hanging out of your mouth look.” Speaking of moderation, I have a hard time moderating the amount of cheese on my salad. Whoops, my hand slipped, oh well.

  11. oh Joanne, you always amuse me in the morning. I love this party salad, though. Delicious!

  12. I love every single thing about this salad!
    And that dressing sounds fantastic!

  13. Let’s party! This is my kind of salad. I love the queso fresco, black beans and chunks of avocado. And the dressing sounds delish!

  14. Kathryn says:

    It’s like you read my mind with this beauty of a salad!

  15. This is my kind of salad through and through! Total party in a bowl!

  16. Mimi says:

    Just wondering if you ever respond to comments…

    • joanne says:

      hanks so much for your comment and question! I do try to respond to comments if they have a specific question about the recipe/etc but otherwise, I don’t tend to respond to each and every comment separately. Rather, I try to show my appreciation by commenting on everyone’s blog who comments on mine! Admittedly, I do occasionally miss some comments/questions, so if you ever have anything specific you want to ask/say, feel free to email me! It’s much more foolproof and ensures that I’ll get it and respond.

      • mimi says:

        First of all, thank you for actually reading my comment! I have been wondering on these “bigger” more well known blogs if it’s even worth following and commenting because they are just such gigantic entities! Mine is just approaching 1000 followers, and I have no business interest in my blog, mostly because I’m older and I’ve done my thing with food and cooking, professionally, but I put so much time into reading and following other blogs, and sometimes I really wonder if there’s a person there! I love your blog and your comment made me happy. Thanks so much.

  17. Shannon says:

    totally my type of salad :) i can’t wait for this wedding planning business to be over so i can have more time to cook!

  18. I declared on FB yesterday that I was craving hummus, carrots, and salad. Everyone thought I was lying (because, you know. Oreo gal here <<<.) But it DOES happen! Especially when it's a salad like this. And, 73 degrees outside. Ah, California.

  19. We have this type of salad pretty much weekly! <3 the crumbly cheese!

  20. SallyBR says:

    I am all over the dressing, like the idea of using yogurt and MILK, of all ingredients! Who could tell? And taco seasoning… very very interesting

    the salad season shall start soon for me. It better, because I’ve been in a rotten mood having to wear sweaters and coats, and seeing my white legs ignored by the sun for way too long

  21. I love salads of any kind. I could even eat it for breakfast. The chunks of avocado are my favorite in this!!

  22. This is my kind of salad Joanne and I love your yogurt dressing – sounds fantastic!

  23. I loooove salads like this. Avocado and cheese makes anything seem decadent- even salad. :) And food comas? I know nothing of food comas…..ahem.

  24. i hear you…after 4 days of wedding party i could eat this salad for days to come.

  25. cheri says:

    Hi Joanne, great salad, love the avocado, black bean and tortilla chips combination. Just pinned.

  26. I literally used to eat a salad exactly like this every day for lunch when I worked in corporate America and I miss it! I’m totally making this for lunch soon!

  27. and yes I will be having this for dinner tonight! So flavorful yet a salad. Those are the best kinds of dishes to me

  28. Susan says:

    I thought birthday calories don’t count though? However if I’m going to eat a salad, let it have a mexican flair!

  29. This is one of my favorite kinds of salad. Love it!

  30. Everything is zero calories on your birthday!! Although, the salad combo looks great!

  31. Yummm to this salad! I need to stop saying “yummm” but I can’t help it, it looks so delicious! Love the crumbled tortilla chips.

  32. Pam says:

    This is my kind of salad! I have a sudden craving for avocado.

  33. Chopped salads are just my fave. Could eat them for every meal! …with some mac and cheese in between, of course…

  34. elly says:

    We’re big fans of salads like these in our house! Of course, they often tend to be accompanied by bread, which we definitely *do not* show much moderation around…

  35. Yes – this is THAT salad that gets my stomach a grumbling! I need to figure out how to take this “party on a plate” salad off the screen and into my belly!

  36. I love eveything qbout this salad, especially the avocados and tortilas on top!

  37. That dressing is a killer!! Salad as moderation is what I’m talking about.

  38. This is my kind of moderation! I could probably get my husband to eat this, too!

  39. Abby says:

    Love a good taco salad, and that dressing sounds fantastic! Okay, and yes cheese makes this girl very happy haha!

  40. Kate says:

    I lvoe “Mexican” style salads with black beans and avocado. Who am I kidding – I love anything with avocado.

  41. ahhh I’ve been making a similar salad with creamy avocado dressing that we’re obsessed with! Can’t go wrong with these flavors!

  42. This looks wonderfully delicious and healthy too!

  43. This beautiful salad would tempt me away from anything, even Chipotle, which is saying a lot!

  44. Pam says:

    Happy Birthday, Joanne! What a great salad, colorful and delicious, for sure!

  45. This is my kind of healthy recipe. It’s still delicious, flavorful, and colorful. I would totally eat this even if I wasn’t trying to be healthy!

  46. Erica says:

    I love every ingredient in this salad! absolutely delicious!

  47. I didn’t know it was possible to crave salad, but I am seriously craving this! Of course, I’m a sucker for avocados!

  48. I need to make this RIGHT NOW!! Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY lovely!! Missing you hard.

  49. Now this is a perfect salad! Looks healthy and with beautifully vibrant colors is a feast for the eyes:)
    Happy Birthday Joanne!
    Cheers,
    J+C

  50. Jess says:

    This looks super delicious and fresh! Definitely fancy a salad like this one!

  51. gloria says:

    Love this salad Joanne!!

  52. Great salad! Definitely wouldn’t mind eating this healthy option over soemthing less healthy.

  53. Trisha says:

    Ah I am loving that creamy Mexican salad dressing with Greek Yogurt and taco seasoning. You’re a genius! Also salads with tortilla chips, avocado and cheese are totally my thing. YUM!

  54. This is definitely a winning salad! I love a good hearty chopped salad and I love Mexican food so it’s a win-win!

  55. My workouts have changed–I’ve upped them a bit to increase my weight loss. Anywho, I get ravenous after the workouts: what’s the term? “Prison hungry” — just crazy ass hunger, and I make the biggest salads with as much condiments in there to feed a tennis camp in the middle of summer.
    So now I will make a mexican one in your honor!

  56. This does look damn good :) And I barely eat salad, yum!

  57. debbie says:

    The salad is just the type that I love…..and I want that for lunch tomorrow!!!!

  58. luci says:

    Hi again! This was the post I meant to comment on! Nice to meet you and – this is a lovely salad! I will definitely have to try.

  59. You speak my language :) This is the kind of moderation I like!

  60. Lynn says:

    I crave salad like that. Looks so good!

  61. grace says:

    oh boy, joanne. this looks outstanding. i’m currently putting avocado in and on everything, whether it belongs or not. :)

  62. Kate says:

    Woah, I want this for dinner. Bad. Love the idea of tangy, spicy yogurt dressing! If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat a few tortilla chips to appease myself.

  63. Reeni says:

    Yes, please! I’d be noshing on this all day long – straight from the bowl – I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off it!

  64. I love this crunchy, creamy and colorful salad!

  65. ramblingtart says:

    That is truly beautiful, Joanne. :-) I love when good food looks as good as it is. :-)

  66. Hands down t the prettiest salad I’ve ever seen. This one is absolutely gorgeous and the flavor combo is a killer one. Ooohhh give it to me!
    Pinned <3

  67. This is one of the prettiest salads that I’ve ever seen! I need more salads in my life so that it balances out the cookies and ice cream at night. ;)
    I’m so addicted to avocado right now. :)

  68. Great combination! Although you totally had me at “cheese”…

  69. This is my kind of salad. I love the black beans and avocado.

  70. rika@vm says:

    I need some Mexican fiesta salad on some pizza!!!!!!! <3

  71. Joanne, this recipe sounds (and looks) amazing!

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