The Secret to a Good Salad – Plus Chipotle Tex Mex Dressing

Summer time is almost here which calls for the need of multiple salad recipes. To make a successful chopped salad you want to use lots of color and make sure you use dry lettuce. You can use whatever you have on hand. I have listed some very colorful options below. I also included a very easy chipotle salad dressing (tex mex salad dressing, if you wish) to go with this chopped salad recipe, but of course you can use your favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!

The Secret to a Good Chopped Salad – Plus Chipotle Tex Mex Dressing


The Secret to a Good Chopped Salad – Plus Chipotle Tex Mex Dressing

A simple, yet delicious salad. Finely chopping salad ingredients increases flavor - plus a tex mex dressing!


    For the Salad:
  • 1-2 handfuls per person handfuls of romaine lettuce
  • Baby carrots
  • Stalks of celery
  • Enough red onion to measure about 1" x 1" x 2" wedge per person
  • 1/8 avocado per person
  • Red cabbage
  • Red, green or yellow bell peppers
  • cucumber, seeded*
  • tomatoes, seeded*
  • Artichoke hearts (not tex mex, but very good)
  • Corn
  • Blanched cauliflower or broccoli
  • Whatever else you wish to add
  • For the Chipotle Tex Mex Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (or dairy-free plain yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Gluten free bottled chipotle hot sauce, to taste (I use Bufalo brand.)
  • Gluten free vinegar to taste (I used Heinz white vinegar)
  • Stevia to taste


    To Make the Salad:
  1. In a food processor pulsate celery, carrots and red onion.
  2. Chop the lettuce, and if using, red cabbage, by hand. Ensure that the lettuce is dry.
  3. Cut the avocado and/or artichoke hearts into bite size pieces.
  4. Peel, seed and chop the cucumbers.
  5. Seed and chop the tomatoes.
  6. Toss everything together and serve with dressing below.
  7. To Make the Dressing:
  8. Add Greek yogurt and mayonnaise in a small bowl; whisk together.
  9. Add vinegar and stevia to taste.
  10. Add filtered water if you wish it to be thinner.
  11. Whisk together and serve.


Because this salad is very dense you will not need to make the portion sizes very large. It is a very filling salad.

Note: This recipe is not sugar free, as the chipotle sauce I use contains sugar.

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