This easy and delicious Southwestern Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing is a vegetarian salad that packs a powerful dose of fiber and protein. It’s a filling and incredibly flavorful salad that is topped with fresh, creamy, homemade cilantro dressing.

Inspired by my favorite salad from Stonefire Grill, this is perfect as a main course for lunch, or cut each serving in half for a dinner side dish. It’s also one of my favorite salads to take to a BBQ or potluck – everyone loves it.

You can use canned or frozen corn with this if it’s easier, but I personally LOVE the taste of grilled or roasted corn on the cob, which is sliced to remove the kernels. It adds a tremendous flavor boost. The most recent time I made it, I used an ear of red corn (as you can see in the photo) that I came across at a Farmer’s Market and thought it’d be fun to try. It was delicious! But a regular ear of yellow corn works just fine.

For some added crunch and flavor, top with some crumbled low-fat tortilla chips. The creamy cilantro dressing is really versatile and also goes great as a sauce over chicken or a dip for veggies and pita chips!

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Southwestern Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing Recipe

Calories185 kcal
Carbohydrates32.4 g
Fat2 g
Protein12.4 g
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Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes


Servings: 4 servings
  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce - (chopped)
  • 1 small red onion - (chopped)
  • 1 ear of corn - (roasted, kernels removed)
  • 1 15 oz can black beans - (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 red bell pepper - (seeded and diced)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes - (seeded and diced)
  • ¾ cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Juice from 1 lime - (or more to taste)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Make dressing first by placing the last 6 ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth and set aside.
  • In a large bowl toss together the first 6 ingredients. Pour dressing over top and toss well to combine.


Serving: 2 heaping cupsCalories: 185 kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 32.4 g (11%)Protein: 12.4 g (25%)Fat: 2 g (3%)Saturated Fat: 0.7 g (4%)Cholesterol: 5 mg (2%)Sodium: 96 mg (4%)Potassium: 744 mg (21%)Fiber: 8.9 g (37%)Sugar: 8.4 g (9%)Calcium: 150 mg (15%)Iron: 2.3 mg (13%)
CuisineAmerican Recipes
KeywordSouthwestern Salad
Main IngredientVegetable Recipes
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