Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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This vibrant Mexican Chopped Salad is like summer in a bowl and is ready, start to finish in less than 20 minutes! With roasted corn, lettuce, arugula, cilantro, bell pepper, red onion, and black beans, and drizzled with a creamy avocado dressing, it is as delicious as it is colorful!

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Mexican Chopped Salad

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

This fresh Mexican chopped salad is substantial enough to serve as a light main course on its own.

Or, you can pair it with Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole with Chicken) or your favorite soup for a heartier meal.

Either way, this delicious, healthy dish is packed with fiber-rich black beans and plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables.

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Mexican Salad with Avocado Dressing

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Fresh ProduceAvocado, Shallot, Cilantro (Coriander in the UK), Limes, Corn on the Cob, Iceberg Lettuce, Arugula (Rocket in the UK), Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion.
  • DairyGreek Yogurt, Unsalted Butter.
  • Ground Cumin
  • Honeytry to buy locally produced honey when possible.
  • Canned Black Beans

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

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Recipe Tips

  • If fresh corn is not in season, substitute 1 cup of prepared frozen or canned sweetcorn and skip the roasting steps 2 and 3 in the recipe card.

How Do I Make Mexican Chopped Salad?

Just check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Recipe for Mexican Chopped Salad

Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

This vibrant Mexican Chopped Salad is like summer in a bowl and is ready, start to finish in less than 20 minutes!


For the Dressing

  • 1 large avocado, pitted
  • ½ small shallot, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro (fresh coriander), chopped
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2-3 Tbsp water, if needed
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Chopped Salad

  • 2 large ears of fresh corn on the cob, husks and silk removed
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh arugula, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (fresh coriander), finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • 1 (15oz/400g) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large lime, cut into 8 wedges


  1. To prepare the dressing, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add a little water, if necessary, to reach the desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Brush the corn with melted butter and place on a pre-heated gas grill over medium direct heat, or indoors on a grill pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray set over medium-high heat. Or under a hot grill/broiler in the oven.
  3. Cook corn until kernels are slightly charred, rotating one-quarter turn every couple of minutes until each side is done. Remove from heat and slice kernels from the cob with a sharp knife. Reserve kernels and discard cobs. Set aside.
  4. Add the chopped iceberg, arugula, and fresh cilantro to a large salad bowl and toss gently to combine. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced bell pepper, red onion, black beans, roasted corn kernels, lime juice, and ground cumin. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss gently to combine.
  6. Add the seasoned black bean mixture to the bowl with the chopped lettuce and toss gently to combine.
  7. Serve immediately with the Creamy Avocado Dressing or your favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!

    Recipe for Mexican Chopped Salad


*Tip: If fresh corn is not in season, substitute 1 cup prepared frozen or canned sweetcorn and skip the roasting steps 2 and 3.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 527Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 914mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 18gSugar: 15gProtein: 18g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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