Mexican Salad with Lime Dressing


I love to serve this salad when I’m having a large crowd for dinner. This weekend I had my friends from New Jersey  with their children visit, who I hadn’t seen between 6 – 12 years ago. It was lovely spending time with them and reminiscing about old times. Their children were all grown, having last seen them when there were only little. For lunch I served brown rice pelau, barbecue tofu from my cookbook, gluten-free macaroni and cheese and this huge Mexican Salad with Lime Dressing which was a huge hit. Nothing remained. After lunch we all took a long walk on the property, going through the woods.  You may add your favorite vegetables for a personal twist, chopped jicama and or cucumber is also delicious.


  • Salad
    • 1 head of Romaine or green leaf, chopped
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
    • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
    • 1 cup pitted black olives, sliced
    • 1 avocado, chopped
    • ½ cup red onion, chopped
    • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/3 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/3 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • Lime Dressing
    • 1 ½ lime, juiced
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 tablespoon minced onion
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • ¼teaspoon ground cumin
    • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


Place dressing ingredients in container and shake or whisk then store in refrigerator until ready to use so dressing can marinate.

Place a bed of lettuce on a large platter. Then place in rows avocado, onions, olives, corn, bell peppers and tomatoes. Drizzle with lime dressing before serving.

  1. Florian @ContentednessCooking

    Perfect for cinco de mayo! I love this vibrant and colorful salad.

  2. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    This salad is stunning and with that lime vinaigrette, I know it will be crazy good.

  3. That is one beautiful salad! Love the colors, flavors and the lime dressing is tangy-licious!

  4. That is one beautiful salad! Love the colors, textures and that lime dressing is tangy-licious!

  5. I love how you arranged it so artfully! A feast for the eyes and the palate! Can’t wait to try this dressing!

  6. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    What a beautiful salad!! I have to try maple syrup in a vinaigrette. I’ll be making this soon!

  7. Healing Tomato

    What a perfect recipe for Cinco De Mayo. Looks very healthy. I have always used Agave in dressing recipes. I like your idea of using Maple syrup much better than agave. I will have to try your version next time.

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