This Mexican Chopped Salad is a light and healthy salad that's loaded with Tex Mex ingredients. It's very simple to throw together and bursting with flavor!
When you’re craving Mexican food but want something with low-calories, this Mexican Chopped Salad recipe is the perfect answer! Packed with authentic Mexican flavors and topped with a creamy dressing, you are going to love this delicious chopped salad!
This amazingly dynamic Mexican chopped salad is a wonderful way to add even more excitement to the midday meal. Full of color, texture, flavor and nutrition, it is light and yet intensely satisfying. Whether you do opt to enjoy it strictly as a lunch or you use it as a side dish for an evening meal, you won’t be disappointed.
What is in a Mexican salad?
So, the ingredients are straightforward and include options with loads of crunch and color. The base includes both Napa cabbage and red cabbage along with carrots and corn kernels (go for fresh off the cob if you can, or defrosted frozen corn for the highest nutrient levels). The dressing whips up quickly, too and is packed with intense, bright flavors.
Top tips for making Mexican salad
- Make the salad dressing faster by adding all the ingredients into a mason jar and shaking well. Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge.
- Don’t add the dressing until you are ready to serve the salad – this way it will stay fresh and crunchy.
- Use fresh corn if you can, if not thawed frozen corn or canned corn will work.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes this Mexican salad healthy?
Good looking and low in calories, Napa cabbage is also fiber dense and one of the most antioxidant plant sources for carotenes, lutein and others. It also provides amazingly high levels of vitamin C and K and is a rich source of folates. Red cabbage is also packed with benefits that include its high fiber, its phytochemicals that give it such gorgeous color, and its many vitamins and minerals.
The carrots offer you plenty of beta-carotene, color, fiber and their vitamin density which includes A, C, K and the B vitamins in addition to folate, potassium, and iron. The corn offers a boost in antioxidant levels and all that sweet flavor.
Is the salad dressing creamy?
This creamy salad dressing is made with Greek yogurt, olive oil, garlic and spices create a boisterous level of texture and flavor that is a perfect match to the bold crunch of the greens. The yogurt brings that nice dash of probiotics as well as calcium and protein, and it makes for a really creamy dressing that brings the dish together.
Can this Mexican chopped alad be made vegan?
To make this salad vegan, simply swap the Greek yogurt for your favorite vegan substitute, this way you can still enjoy a creamy dressing! Some suggestions include:
- soy yogurt
- cashew yogurt
- vegan Greek-style yogurt
- almond milk yogurt
For more healthy salads:
Full of flavor and color, this is going to quickly become a favorite among your lunch salads. So easy to prepare and delicious to eat! Not to mention it’s packed full of healthy ingredients!
If you’ve tried this feel good Mexican Chopped Salad recipe or any other recipe on FeelGoodFoodie, then don’t forget to rate the recipe and leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!
Mexican Chopped Salad
- 2 cups shredded Napa cabbage
- ½ cup red shredded cabbage
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup corn kernels
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 small garlic clove minced
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- Layer salad in order or appearance.
- Mix dressing ingredients and drizzle over the salad.