This Mexican Chopped Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing is light, healthy, and bursting with Mexican-inspired flavors!
Note: This post was originally published in 2014. I am republishing today with some updated photos. I have made this Mexican Chopped Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing countless times–it’s one of my very favorites. Here’s what I first wrote about it three years ago:
This salad! I am so madly in love with this salad. I sound like a young girl falling in love for the first time, but really, it kind of feels like way.
Only this is a salad, and therefore that’s weird. But I can’t help but be excited about this glorious, healthy, Mexican-inspired salad. Remember when I was pregnant with Luke and craving Mexican food like it was nobody’s business? Well since that pregnancy, the amount of Mexican food consumed in this house has decreased drastically. It’s a tragedy.
Here’s the thing. Tim developed some strange aversion to spicy food, so he requested I don’t put anything spicy on the menu very often. He likes spicy food, but his body doesn’t. Then there’s the kids. Well, let’s just say if Luke eats a piece of food with the tiniest bit of pepper on it, he screams, as loud as he can, “Hooooooooooot!” and spits out the offending food while rubbing his tongue with his hand.
Despite this, I couldn’t let Cinco de Mayo sneak by without having some Mexican-inspired food come out of my kitchen. The great thing about this salad is that I can serve the kids everything from the salad and instead of the spicy avocado dressing, they can have some avocado chunks. Tim can simply leave off the dressing and have a different dressing of his choice. Win.They are all missing out, though, because it’s the dressing that makes this salad so amazing. Avocado lends a creamy texture without any dairy at all. It’s bursting with flavor from cilantro and lime and a touch of hot sauce gives it some heat.
As much as I love Mexican food, sometimes I don’t love the heaviness of it. This salad is the perfect solution. It’s dairy-free, wheat-free, and bursting with tons of colorful produce. I hope you’ll put it on your Cinco de Mayo or next party menu!
It would go so well with this Sopa de Conchas recipe! Your menu is complete!Print
If you make this or any other Happy Healthy Mama recipe, you’ve got to show me! Snap a quick pic and post it to Instagram or Facebook and tag me @happyhealthymama.com I can’t wait to see your healthy creations!
If you love flavorful salads as much as I do, I encourage you to try this Warm Quinoa Salad as well. So good!
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