Western Salad with Homemade Southwest Dressing

This Western Salad with Homemade Southwest Dressing can be made with any type of lettuce you have at home. Then throw some fresh onions, bell peppers and chillies on top. The tangy, spicy and smoky dressing goes extremely well with beans and corn. Finish it off with fresh cilantro or parsley and you have a delicious and filling salad. Broken up tortilla chips make a great crouton substitute and go great with all these flavours. You can easily make this salad your own with whatever you have at home.

Here we are for another episode of quarantine cook your way around the world and this time we have some Tex-Mex cuisine I suppose. This dressing recipe has started a spiral salad experimentations that culminated into a weird yet delicious Western Tortellini Salad, which sounds like it should not work. For now let’s begin with a very simple salad to ease you into my culinary insanity.

Western Salad with Homemade Southwest Dressing

• Lettuce (Romaine, Iceberg, Wild Mix)
• 1 Red onion, strips
• 1 Bell Pepper (any colour), strips
• 1 Chilli, sliced or diced
• 1 small can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
• ½ cup sweet corn
• Cilantro or Parsley

For the dressing:
• ¼ cup mayonnaise or tartar sauce
• 1 tsp chipotle hot sauce (optional)
• Smoked paprika
• Chili powder
• Cayenne
• Salt
• Lime juice
• Water (optional)


  1. Start by making the dressing in the bottom of the salad bowl (or in a jar to serve the dressing on the side) by mixing the mayo/tartar sauce with the chipotle chili sauce and adding smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Finish it off with some lime juice to balance the spices. Thin the dressing out with a little water until it has the right consistency for you.
  2. Throw the fresh ingredients you have on hand and the canned ingredients on top. Toss and serve.

Tip: The dressing also makes a good taco or burrito sauce. It also works great drizzled on salmon and grilled chicken breast or chicken tenders. When using as a sauce make sure not to thin it out too much.

So here you have an easy and delicious recipe for a Western Salad with Southwest Dressing. It is an easy way to really elevate a salad, should you have fresh produce at home, which is not a given these days. It also works on pasta or potatoes (recipes will follow). I hope you enjoyed this recipe and have a great day. Stay healthy!

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