Southwest Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing Recipe


Southwest Salad
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
fresh corn kernels from 1 ear of sweet corn
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup roasted and salted pepitas (may sub. sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup grated pepper jack  cheese, or more to taste
Tortilla Strips for Salads (I like Fresh Gourmet Santa Fe Style)

Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing
1 small avocado, peeled and sliced
1 small jalapeno, seeded, deveined and roughly chopped (optional)
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro
1/4 cup sour cream (may sub.plain Greek yogurt)
1/4 cup smooth salsa (medium for more of a kick)
1/4 cup milk
juice from 1 lime
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 tsp EACH salt, ground cumin
1/8 tsp EACH pepper, smoked paprika
Hot sauce to taste (optional)

Optional Chicken Ideas


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