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Southwest Salad with Creamy Avocado Jalapeno Lime Dressing

This steak salad with southwest flavors, pepper jack cheese, and creamy avocado dressing is a healthy meal option you don't want to pass up!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jaida


For the Southwest Steak Salad

  • 1 1/2 lbs ribeye or skirt steak, trimmed of fat
  • 1/4 cup chimichurri sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • southwest flavored tortilla strips

For the Creamy Avocado Jalapeno Lime Dressing

  • 1 small avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded, deveined and roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt ,
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • dash salt and pepper


  • Place steak in a shallow glass dish and pour chimichurri over the top. Turn to coat and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes, to overnight. 
  • Add all of the Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, scraping the sides down as needed. Taste and add additional lime juice or water if you'd like it thinner. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use. 
  • Heat a grill, grill pan, or skillet over medium-high heat. Use non-stick spray or olive oil if the pans are not non-stick. Once hot, add the steak and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or to your desired doneness. Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing against the grain in 1/2" thick slices.
  • Arrange remaining salad ingredients, greens first, in a large bowl (or divided amount smaller bowls) and top with steak slices. Drizzle (or douse, if you prefer) with the creamy avocado dressing, and top with tortillas strips. Bon appetite!
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