Tex Mex Layered Salad

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Tex Mex Layered Salad is a nice version of a layered salad that includes all kinds of delicious goodies.  It’s very much like a taco salad with a creamy, southwestern style dressing.

Tex Mex Layered Salad

Our seemingly endless Little League baseball season is fiiiiiiinally over. Basketball too. And school ends this week!  It’s time to start thinking about flip flops, beach towels, BATHING SUITS, and sand between my toes. In other words, it’s time to start thinking about “salad.”

There’s no meat in this salad (but you can add a layer of seasoned taco meat if you’d like), and it’s easily gluten-free adaptable.

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

1st layer:  chopped lettuce. I used Romaine here, but I sometimes use a combination of chopped Romaine and chopped Iceberg. I like the added crunch that iceberg gives.

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

2nd layer:  black beans

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

3rd layer:  corn (use canned or fresh kernels)

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

4th layer:  avocado

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

5th layer:  roasted red peppers

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

6th layer:  a little more lettuce

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

7th layer:  shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

8th layer:  sliced olives

Making Tex Mex Layered Salad

9th layer:  a homemade Tex Mex dressing

Tex Mex Layered Salad

10th layer:  a garnish

Tex Mex Layered Salad

The best part is… if you don’t like a layer, leave it out or replace it with something you like better!  The dressing mixes into the salad as it’s served.  This salad is a nice choice to bring for all of those summer barbecue potlucks you’re going to be invited to.  And because you’re eating salad, now you can go bathing suit shopping!  Yeah, good luck with that. 😉

If you’re looking for more great salad recipes to try, you might enjoy some of these:

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Tex Mex Layered Salad

I love this Tex Mex salad, complete with layers and a great dressing!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 264kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword tex mex layered salad, tex mex salad



  • One 10-ounce can original Rotel tomatoes with green chiles
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced


  • 6 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • One 15-ounce can corn, rinsed & drained
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled & sliced or diced
  • 3/4 cup jarred roasted red pepper strips
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • One 6-ounce can sliced olives (reserve a few for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • additional chopped lettuce, shredded cheese and olives for garnish



  • Place dressing ingredients in a large bowl and use an electric mixer to combine until smooth. Set aside while you prepare the salad.
    NOTE: Please note that the video for this recipe shows adding mayonnaise to the dressing. That's an error- it's cream cheese!


  • Layer the salad ingredients in a large glass bowl in the following order: 4 cups of lettuce, black beans, corn, avocado, red peppers, 2 more cups of lettuce, cheese, and olives. Spread the dressing on top. Then use a few sprinkles of chopped lettuce, cheese, olives and green onions to garnish the top. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours, or serve immediately.



  • If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use a brand of black beans that is known to be GF.
  • This salad is vegetarian as written, but you can easily add a layer of taco-seasoned chicken or ground beef to the salad.
  • Use light versions of sour cream, cream cheese and shredded cheese if you're watching your calorie intake.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2645IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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  • Jan MacKrell wrote:

    I see cumin in the ingredients list, but not in the recipe. Should there be cumin in the dressing?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, thank you for catching that- I’m not sure how that got left out. Recipe has beed edited.

  • Richard wrote:

    In the video for Tex Mex salad, it shows using mayonnaise, but in the recipe it calls for cream cheese? I would like to make this salad but i need clarification, please.

    Thank you.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yikes, you are correct. Cream cheese is the correct ingredient- not mayonnaise. I’m going to have to talk to my video producer about the error. Thank you so much for pointing that out!!!