Make-Ahead Mexican Salad

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10 servings

What happens while this chills in the fridge is a mystery, but somehow its layered ingredients transform into a deliciously smart salad. Like magic.

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  • Layer lettuce, beans and tomatoes in 4-1/2-qt. serving bowl.
  • Mix salsa and sour cream until blended; spread over salad to seal. Sprinkle with cheese and onions. Refrigerate several hours.
  • Sprinkle with chips just before serving; toss lightly.
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Special Extra

For a special presentation, prepare this colorful salad in a clear glass bowl.


  • 10 servings

Healthy Living

  • Generally Nutritious
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  • Carb Choices: 1 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 1 Starch
  • 1 Vegetable
  • 1 Fat

Nutrition Bonus

Help your friends and family eat right with this tasty salad. As a bonus, it provides more than 1/2 cup of the recommended 2-1/2 cups of vegetables per day.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 10 servings
Calories 140
% Daily Value
Total fat 5g
Saturated fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 20 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 20 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • Refueler72 | Mon, Jan 20 2014 12:35 AM

    I'm Going To make This Salad This Weekend !!!!!!!

  • Rosiecheex | Sat, Dec 14 2013 3:38 PM

    This was a very tasty salad but definitely not meant for leftovers. I had half the salad leftover the next day and had to through it out because the lettuce was swimming in its own liquid.

  • kentnsusanc | Sat, Apr 27 2013 7:00 AM

    This was the perfect salad to take to a teacher potluck. I could make it at 6:30 am for a lunch put luck, and the salad was fresh and delicious. I thought the dressing was delicious! Every bite of my salad was eaten far before the rest of the food was gone, and I doubled the recipe. It was popular! The only change I made was adding a layer of frozen corn on top of the beans. The corn thawed by lunch time in the fridge. I also decided just to serve the chips on the side instead of putting them on top. It was too pretty already! I'd definitely make this again. I love, love, love that I could make this ahead of time, complete with dressing, and have it not get limp, soggy lettuce. I used medium salsa in the dressing