Rainbow Mexican Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing


Happy November! I know everyone is posting apple, pumpkin and squash recipes (including myself), but today I am deviating from the norm to deliver this delicious, colorful salad I made last week.  I’m not going to lie, pretty much every day I’ve been eating or drinking something fall-themed – pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin tempeh kale burgers, just to name a few.  But last week, Southern California decided it wasn’t quite done with summer yet and LA hit 85 degrees.  Whenever it gets hot, I get an itch for some Mexican food and a margarita.  So I made this salad in an attempt to curb my craving in a healthier way and it did just the trick!


This six-ingredient salad is light but filling and full of protein, healthy fats and colorful veggies.  It’s a great lunch option that can be quickly prepared the night before and won’t cause a 2 PM food coma.  I paired it with Minimalist Baker’s Avocado Cilantro Dressing because, let’s be honest, you can never have enough avocado.  I always need a little crunch in my salad, so I also topped it with some leftover Tortilla Chip-Crusted Tempeh by Veggie and the Beast.  If you’re looking for something a little simpler, you could top it with crumbled tortilla chips or croutons.  The end result is a creamy, crunchy, avocado party in your mouth.  Basically, the best kind of party.  So the next time you find yourself craving a light Mexican meal, try this recipe out!  I think you’ll end up doing a little avocado happy dance like I may or may not have done.



  • ~2 cups of lettuce of your choice (I used spinach, but romaine would also work well)
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup black beans
  • 1/3 cup tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • Avocado Cilantro Dressing (ingredients + directions here)
  • Optional: Tortilla Chip Encrusted Tempeh (ingredients + directions here)
  • Other topping options: red bell pepper, croutons, crumbled tortilla chips or tortilla strips


  • Rinse lettuce and place in bowl
  • Chop onion, tomato, avocado and any other toppings of your choosing
  • Drain and rinse cans of corn + black beans
  • Place vegetables on top of lettuce + drizzle on dressing
  • Add crunchy toppings of your choosing, such as croutons