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Southwestern Salad with an Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4


  • Salad Dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 of a ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Dash of cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lowfat milk
  • Salad:
  • Romaine lettuce
  • 3 tbsp yellow bell pepper diced
  • Grape tomatoes halved
  • Green onions diced
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 1/4 cup pinto beans drained & rinsed
  • Crispy tortilla strips
  • Cotija cheese crumbled


  • Combine the minced garlic, lime juice, cilantro, avocado, sugar, cumin, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, cayenne pepper, to taste, olive oil, Greek yogurt, and milk together in a bowl. Mix it well using an immersion blender; set aside for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
  • Combine the romaine lettuce, bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, diced avocado, pinto beans, tortilla strips, and cotija cheese together in a serving bowl. Drizzle with the avocado dressing, to taste then toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.