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Layered Mexican Salad

July 25, 2016
This Layered Mexican Salad is the perfect potluck side dish recipe! Layers of romaine lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cheddar cheese, and crushed tortilla chips in a homemade taco dip dressing - get your family eating those veggies again!

Mexican Layered Salad recipe with seven layers

We've been eating a lot of meat around here lately since we bought our new grill. Don't get me wrong, we're still going to use the heck out of that thing! Last week though, I thought I'd switch our menu up a bit and make a salad. The only problem? 

My children despise salads.

And I'm going to be honest here - I could get them to eat the "green parts" of this salad. Lovely, aren't they?

We LOVE taco dip in this house, particularly seven layer taco dips. You know, with layers of refried beans, taco meat, sour cream, cream cheese... and a little bit of veggies thrown in there. I wanted to create a lighter version though, one that was fit for a meal. Layered Mexican Salad it is!

Seven layer taco salad recipe

I actually could get them to eat the cucumbers, avocado, cheese, dressing and tortilla chips. I tried with the cherry tomatoes, but, as Wesley put it, "You know we don't like potatoes, Mom." That kid cracks me up!

Mexican Layered Salad


A layered salad with romaine, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cheese, avocado, crushed tortilla chips and a homemade taco dip dressing.

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Yield: 10 servings

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced
16 oz cherry tomaotes, halved
3 avocadoes, halved, pitted, and diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup tortilla chips, crushed
  • Whisk together mayo, green chiles (undrained), and spices in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your vegetables.
  • Add the vegetable layers into a clear glass bowl or trifle dish in this order: half of the romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, avocadoes, and cheese. Repeat layers with remaining half of all ingredients.
  • Top salad with prepared dressing.
  • Sprinkle crushed tortilla chips and additional shredded cheese (if desired) over top just before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.

  • Mexican seven layered salad recipe

    You could use a trifle dish like this one, but I just used a clear plastic bowl from the dollar store. That's a great way to bring this salad to a cookout or party because you can just leave the dish there for the host to keep!

    Layered Mexican Salad with taco dip dressing recipe

    Here are more of my favorite salad recipes:

    Chicken Bacon Club Salad

    Corn Chip Taco Salad

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