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 a 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 grilled or roasted corn on the cob, that is sliced to remove the kernels. It adds a tremendous flavor boost. This 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.

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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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Tangy and flavorful, the creamy cilantro dressing is the star of this salad. It enhances the fresh ingredients of the salad ever so perfectly while adding a wonderfully bold flavor. Great for a summer potluck recipe or BBQ side dish.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 185 kcal


  • 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)
  • 3/4 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Juice from 1 lime (or more to taste)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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  • 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.


Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is about 2 heaping cups
Each serving = 1 Point*
*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value


Calories: 185 kcalCarbohydrates: 32.4 gProtein: 12.4 gFat: 2 gSaturated Fat: 0.7 gCholesterol: 5 mgSodium: 96 mgPotassium: 744 mgFiber: 8.9 gSugar: 8.4 gCalcium: 150 mgIron: 2.3 mg

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