Mexicali Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Mexicali chopped salad is a bright, colorful and fresh salad. Perfect for summertime light lunch! And the creamy cilantro dressing isn’t to shabby either.

Summer is just around the corner. My girls had their last day of school on Wednesday and I’m so happy to no longer have to pack lunches and even more so, wake up at 6:30 to drop my oldest off at the bus stop.

Speaking of lunch, let’s chat about this here salad. If I was to pick a salad that represents summer best, this would be it.

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Mexicali chopped salad is brightly colored with vibrant vegetables and drizzled with an easy, fresh homemade salad dressing… I could eat this every single day. Actually, I did last week and just might this week too.

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Avocados are a staple must-buy when grocery shopping. Whether they’re for making guacamole or salsa… sliced, diced or even blended into dressings, avocados are at home atop any summer salad.

So versatile… so good.

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This creamy and dreamy dressing tastes amaZING. As you can see it only calls for a few ingredients, a mini blender and 5 minutes of your time.

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Throw a heaping cup of cilantro and 1 clove of peeled fresh garlic.

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Add in a 1/4 cup both sour cream and mayonnaise and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper.

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Add in two tablespoons of white wine vinegar…

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The juice of two limes or about 2 tablespoons, depending on just how juicy those limes are. My limes were pretty dry and not very juicy so I had to use two… but if you land a big, super juicy lime… then that might be all you need.

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Lastly, pour in a half cup of grapeseed oil.

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Secure the lid…

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…and blend away!

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There it is. Now just pour into a jar or container with an airtight lid and refrigerate until you’re ready to use. This dressing should last a week… or 4 salads.

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The toppings for this Mexicali chopped salad are cherry or grape tomatoes, orange sweet bell peppers, grilled corn, roasted pepitas, avocados [not pictured], red onion and black beans. Obviously I’m representing the rainbow here.

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Now for the greens. I bought a big head of romaine… not the kind in the bag, but the one that looks like it was pulled from an actual garden and is usually damp from water mist. Funny story actually. I was scared out of my mind while I was reaching for this romaine head when suddenly I was getting sprayed. I’m positive that I looked ridiculous because I jumped back three feet and maybe I even yelped a little. I’m even more positive that there’s someone in some control room with cameras and a finger on the spray’em button playing tricks on those poor souls who reach for the produce.

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Top the chopped romaine with some of the grape tomatoes, orange peppers and corn… I LOVE grilled corn so expect to see lots of recipes calling for it over the next few months.

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Avocado and toasted or was it roasted pepitas give this salad a touch of  crunch and a up the creamy factor.

Even if you’re not making this salad, remember to add fresh Avocados from Mexico to your favorite summer dishes — including side salads and salad entrées — for a burst of creamy yet refreshing flavor.

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Red onion for that sharp bite and black beans not only add texture but protein to keep you going.

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Taste the rainbow.

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Wait, don’t forget to grab the dressing!

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And pour it ALL over the Mexicali chopped salad.

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Then squeeze some extra lime over top, or maybe that’s just me. I’m in love with extra lime in everything; Mexicali chopped salad, gin and tonics… you’re picking up what I’m laying down here. I also sprinkle it all with a little flaked sea salt and give the whole big bowl of salad a toss. The ripe avocados sort of blend in with the salad and dressing, intensifying the creamy factor.

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Grab a fork and go to town on this fresh Mexicali Chopped Salad. Eventually I ditched the fork and went straight for the tortilla chips and like I do with my burrito bowl from Chipotle; I dunk, chew and repeat.

PS. the thing I love best about a salad with lots of add-ins… is when the lettuce is gone and all those goodies have collected in the bottom of the bowl and coated perfectly in dressing. Delish.

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Summer is a time when we like to eat fresh and light. Fresh Avocados from Mexico are a nutritious addition to your summer spread, containing good fats and nearly 20 good-for-you nutrients with 50 calories per 1 oz. serving. From tomatoes and sweet corn to watermelon, avocados complement the seasonal produce of the summer and enhance the flavor of grilled meats.  Fresh Avocados from Mexico are available year round so you can add that creamy, rich texture and delicious flavor to the best seasonal produce any time of year.


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Yield: 4 entree portions

Mexicali Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Mexicali Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
A bright, colorful and fresh salad... perfect for summertime!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil or light olive oil


  • 1 large head of romaine, chopped
  • 6 ounces of grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups grilled yellow corn (about 2 ears)
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted and lightly salted pepitas
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained


  • sea salt, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • tortilla strips, for garnish



Place the cilantro, garlic, mayo, sour cream, vinegar, lime juice, salt, pepper and grapeseed oil into a food processor or blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Place a handful or two of chopped romaine into a large serving bowl. Top with desired amount of tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, avocado, pepitas, red onion and black beans.

Serve with a drizzle of creamy cilantro lime dressing, lime wedges, tortilla strips and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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60 Responses to “Mexicali Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing”

  1. #
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 13, 2014 at 7:08 am

    What a popping colorful salad, just the way I like it!

    I just added my first avocado to a salad last week and loved it! yay for good fats. Kept me full for a long time too!

    And yes, school has ended. And yes, I don’t want to have to buy another bathing suit cover up that goes past my knees so salads for me please!! hehe.

  2. #
    Heather || Heather's Dish — June 13, 2014 at 10:04 am


    That dressing is GORGEOUS – on the menu next week for sure!

  3. #
    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons — June 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Ohmygosh I need that salad in my life like, yesterday!

    Favorite way to eat avos? Guac!

  4. #
    marina — June 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Fav way to use avocados: I like them sliced, peppered & salted then placed atop a well-layered/stuffed torta. I also love them inside of a toasty/crispy griddled quesadilla made with monterey jack, sprinkle of cilantro, dash of finely chopped serranos.

  5. #
    Julie in Michigan — June 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Straight up with salt and pepper!

  6. #
    Leisa Joan — June 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    We love the guacamole…or as my 3 year old newphew calls it guacamone! so cute.

  7. #
    Rena — June 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    straight up with a spoon!!

  8. #
    Heather Taylor — June 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I love avocados on everything, but I love simple avocado and toast with some sea salt and red pepper!

  9. #
    Emily Wells — June 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    My favorite way to eat them is guacamole!

  10. #
    Marie Armendariz — June 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I love avocados in salads and tacos, burritos, but my favorite is just to mash it with salt and pepper and roll in a tortilla! 🙂
    Can’t wait to try your dressing recipe!!

  11. #
    rachel — June 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I like o eat it smashed up on toast!

  12. #
    Mary Happymommy — June 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I love them in cobb salad or on a burger.

  13. #
    Ashley B — June 13, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I love them on a BLT. Yum!

  14. #
    Dana — June 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    just mushed with flaked salt and lemon juice

  15. #
    Meredith — June 13, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Over the top amazing! Love these flavors!

  16. #
    Mahdi Martin — June 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    My favorite way to eat an avocado is with a spoon! I like to put pepper and lemon juice on it too.

  17. #
    Janet T — June 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    My favorite way to eat avocados is cut in half topped with pink salt and scooped out with a spoon.

  18. #
    Happy Valley Chow — June 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    That dressing looks absolutely spectacular. Definitely bookmarking and trying this at some point 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  19. #
    Teresa R. — June 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Avocado with a squirt of lime, eaten with a spoon…! Cannot wait to make this salad 🙂 thanks!

  20. #
    Cami Reschke — June 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I love me some good guacamole! And my baby loves sliced avocado for baby food.

  21. #
    Susan Christy — June 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I just started eating avocados, so I mainly just eat them on burgers on in guacamole.

  22. #
    Pat Garmhausen — June 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Yum – I love all things avocado!
    Especially smashed on toasted multi-grain bread with turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato and some dijon mustard:)
    Thanks for linking to my hand block printed tea towel in your giveaway!

  23. #
    Laura J — June 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Oh my favorite ways is in salads! We love having salads in the summer!

  24. #
    Vicki F — June 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I love them in sandwiches, salads and of course guacamole. Avocados are the best!

  25. #
    Emily D. — June 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    It’s super boring, I know, but avocado toast is the way I usually eat them at home. Otherwise, in every manner of taco/burrito/etc. possible.

  26. #
    Anna Pry — June 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    i like them mashed on a sandwich instead of mayo

  27. #
    Lilyana Cruz — June 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I Like Avocados!! Guacamole is my Favorite!

  28. #
    Jessie C. — June 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I like avocado in salad and sandwiches.

  29. #
    e.s. — June 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

    My favorite is simply halved,drizzled with lemon and sprinkled with cayenne and salt, then eaten with a spoon, but avocado toast is a close second.

  30. #
    Amy L — June 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I LOVE guacamole with chips or spread on a BLT

  31. #
    Jessica To — June 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    My favorite way is in a salad.

  32. #
    Sarah Hall — June 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I like them best in guacamole.

  33. #
    Elena — June 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I like to make guacamole

  34. #
    betty — June 15, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    My favorite way to eat them is guacamole! yummi 🙂

  35. #
    bn100 — June 16, 2014 at 2:56 am

    in a guacamole

  36. #
    Carla S — June 16, 2014 at 5:07 am

    I like to make guacamole from scratch with them. I add lime juice and chopped tomatoes.

  37. #
    Kelsey @ Badger Kitchen — June 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I love to eat avocados in guacamole form!

  38. #
    Thomas Griffiths — June 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    First off, this looks amazing. Like really amazing. I love all things tex-mex and this is right up my alley for summer lunches. And second. I adore avocados! I just like boring perfect avocado toast with sea salt and whole wheat bread. I even throw them in smoothies for some creaminess and no one can tell they are in there. So delicious!

  39. #
    arouj — June 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    In a Tex-mex panini!

  40. #
    Elle — June 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I love to make guacamole with avocados the most.

  41. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love avocados anyway I can get them. This is a lovely salad!!! I particularly love the dressing.

  42. #
    Stacey b — June 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    My favorite way to eat Avocados is in guacamole

  43. #
    Ellee — June 17, 2014 at 12:41 am

    My most favorite way to eat an avocado is to slice it up and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Yum!

  44. #
    Emily K — June 17, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I’m so boring… but my daughter and I love avocados plain! My husband takes 1/3 in his turkey rollups to work and we split the rest with lunch

  45. #
    Heather Hayes Panjon — June 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I Like To Eat Avocados In A Salad!

  46. #
    Jen — June 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I love tomato and avocado salads!

  47. #
    Virginia — June 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I’m making this tonight for a potluck. I don’t expect to bring any home. 🙂

  48. #
    Kaitlin Benjamin — June 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    In every kind of taco!

  49. #
    Angelie — June 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Avocados are the best!!

  50. #
    livivua — June 17, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    turkey sandwich

  51. #
    Tabathia B — June 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    On a burger or blt

  52. #
    Lauren G. — June 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    In Ninfa’s green sauce. Soo so good.

  53. #
    Linda — June 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I love to eat them on tuna subs.

  54. #
    Desi — June 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I can seriously eat avocados with anything or alone with salt and pepper! In BLT wraps… in salsa…. guac… salad… you name it!

  55. #
    Amanda Sakovitz — June 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I love them with sea salt and a little olive oil.

  56. #
    Annette — June 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I love to top a bowl of Tuscan Vegetable Soup with avocado; I also like to put avocado slices inside a sandwich.

  57. #
    Thomas Murphy — June 20, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I like avocado in salad.

  58. #
    Jessica — July 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    This salad looks delicious and we’re bringing it for a 4th of July party. So easy to make too! Simply Scratch never disappoints!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 14th, 2014 @ 8:34 am

      I’m so glad Jessica! {sorry I’m a little late} I hope this salad was a 4th success! 🙂

  59. #
    Liz — August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Just found your Cilantro Lime Dressing recipe. It is perfect. Delicious on a chopped cabbage salad as well.

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