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Southwest Salad With Grilled Corn

A vegetarian Southwest salad recipe made with grilled corn, hard-boiled eggs, and an easy Southwest ranch dressing. | A vegetarian Southwest salad recipe made with grilled corn, hard-boiled eggs, and an easy Southwest ranch dressing. |
prep time 15 minutes
yield 6-8 servings


Pull off a successful (and not to mention delicious!) Meatless Monday with this 100% vegetarian Southwest salad, complete with a quick and easy homemade Southwest ranch dressing. Thanks to the addition of protein-packed hard-boiled eggs and a plethora of classic Tex-Mex additions including grilled corn, avocado, black beans, and tortilla strips, you'll walk away from this meal feeling satisfied and with a new favorite recipe in your back pocket.

BY:Five Marigolds


For the Southwest ranch dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Water or milk, optional (to thin dressing consistency)

For the Southwest salad:

  • 1 head green leaf lettuce
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 ear of corn, grilled and kernels removed
  • 1/2 a lime, sliced into wedges
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Nellie's Free Range Eggs, hard-boiled and sliced (see notes)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • Tortilla strips, optional
  • Cilantro, for garnish, optional


To make the Southwest dressing:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the Southwest dressing until well combined (see notes). For a slightly thinner consistency, add a splash of water or milk. Set aside in the fridge while you make the salad.

To make the Southwest salad:

  • Add lettuce to a large bowl and top with the avocado, corn, tomatoes, black beans, hard-boiled eggs, green onions, and red onion. Garnish with cilantro and tortilla strips if desired.
  • Transfer salad to individual bowls and serve with a lime wedge and a drizzle of Southwest ranch dressing.

Nellie's Notes:

To make perfect hard-boiled eggs at home, follow our recipe for easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs.

No time to make the ranch from scratch? Just mix 1 cup of store-bought ranch dressing with 1 tablespoon (or more if you like it spicy) of chipotle seasoning or your favorite hot sauce.

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