Here we top salad greens with black beans, sweet corn and grape tomatoes and bring it all together with a tangy avocado-lime dressing for a Mexican-inspired salad. Try this salad for a take-along lunch. To keep the salad greens from getting soggy, pack the greens, salad toppings and dressing in separate containers and toss them together just before eating.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2011


Read the full recipe after the video.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place avocado, cilantro, yogurt, scallions, garlic, lime juice, sugar and salt in a blender; blend until smooth.

  • Place greens in an individual salad bowl; toss with 2 tablespoons of the dressing. (Refrigerate the remaining dressing.) Top the greens with black beans, corn and tomatoes.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate leftover dressing for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; protein 12.9g; carbohydrates 43.5g; dietary fiber 12.9g; sugars 13.3g; fat 3.7g; saturated fat 0.7g; cholesterol 0.3mg; vitamin a iu 5401.5IU; vitamin c 47.6mg; folate 308.9mcg; calcium 176mg; iron 4.8mg; magnesium 82.6mg; potassium 1324.9mg; sodium 306.9mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
Salad is good dressing is GROSS I read through the reviews before making this salad. Others have mentioned the dressing's taste but I didn't pay too much attention. After making it let me say it is not good. Yogurt with avocado and lime just came out tasting like weird flavored yogurt. The lime makes the tang of the yogurt more pronounced in a bad way. I chunked it and used ranch dressing instead. Pros: Easy simple good Cons: dressing Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Filling but Dressing is Over-Powering I used an unfamiliar blender when making the dressing so that might have had something to do with the consistency. That said blend until smooth might have taken me all afternoon. After all it's basically guacamole. Next time I will probably toss the greens in it rather than spooning it on top. Worse than the thickness was the OVERWHELMING cilantro. It was all I could taste. I like cilantro. But I like beans and greens too and I could not taste them through the dressing. Using less dressing and tossing the greens in it might solve this. This is a very filling salad and a perfect lunch for me with some tweaks to the dressing. I couldn't believe this was only one serving! Three cups of greens is a lot. Pros: Filling Flavorful Healthy Cons: Too Much Cilantro Thick Dressing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing! Loooooooove this dressing. My husband couldn't get enough of it and he's a picky eater.:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very Filling without the meat! I loved this salad! I was a little skeptical that it would be filling enough but it was quite satisfying. The dressing was a bit bland on its own but maybe I'm just used to Cafe Rio's tomatillo ranch dressing and I was expecting that. The dressing with the salad was awesome but a little thick. I think next time I'll create a combination of this dressing with the tomatillo ranch dressing YUM! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Incorrect nutritional info Just glanced at this. It says one serving. The avocado yogurt and beans alone are more calories that the recipe totals. Is it supposed to be 2 servings? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Better than CPK's Salad This was amazing with a few minor changes: - Added 1/2 tablespoon evo & 1 1/2 tablespoon water (dressing a bit thick without it) - Added chopped jicama tortilla strips and grilled chicken seasoned with s&p crushed fresh garlic dried cilantro lime juice and smoked paprika. My husband's plate was completely cleared and belly completely full. Wonderful weeknight dinner! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very filling and delicious! This is one of the best salads! Not sure why people don't think the dressing has much flavor perhaps they didn't use enough lime or cilantro? I had it for lunch as is and it was very filling. I later made it for dinner and some grilled salmon. grilled chicken or even chicken or beef taco meat would be good too. I used greek yogurt for the dressing so it was a little thick but could be thinned down with a little olive oil or water. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good- well received by family. Added a serrano chili to dressing and grilled chicken. Would also think about some Mexican cheese. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty and a delight to eat The dressing was unusual and tasty. I omitted the scallions and I think it could have used more lime or a dash of crushed red pepper to zest it up a little more. We also put all the toppings on whole wheat pasta with the dressing for the kids and lunch the next day. I think the salad needed something crunchy like chopped turkey bacon or tortilla chips to achieve salad perfection. Pros: Unique dressing which can be multi-purpose Cons: not zesty enough for us Read More