Mexican Salad with a Creamy Avocado Dressing

Still counting down to Cinco de Mayo over here.  I figured we needed something to go with those margaritas!

This is my favorite Mexican Salad with a Creamy Avocado Dressing.  It is easy to make and just screams Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fiesta Extravaganza.

This salad also makes me want to belt out verses of La Cucaracha, even though the song title means "The Cockroach".  Appetizing, I know.

It kills me such a popular song is all about a disgusting cockroach, well sort's the lyrics:

              La cucaracha, la cucaracha
              Ya no puede caminar
              Porque no tiene, porque le falta
              Marijuana pa' fumar
            The cockroach, the cockroach
            Can't walk anymore
            Because it doesn't have, because it's lacking
            Marijuana to smoke

and when it's not appropriate to say "marijuana to smoke" (like at a children's party, I guess) they say limonada que tomar or lemonade to drink.  Okey, dokey!  Strange, but whatever!

There are so many stories as to where this song originated and for what reason.  My favorite is the belief la cucaracha has to do with the great Mexican cockroach scare of 1827.  Sounds terrifying doesn't it?

Apparently marijuana was deadly to cockroaches (who knew) and its use among the vermin was encouraged by the villagers at that time.  Weird, I know.  This is also where the American slang term "roach" for a marijuana cigarette stub originated. 

I know you will all sleep better with this information.  I know I will.

So enough folklore already, let's get to work on this salad.

Let's make the dressing first, here's what you need: Avocado, fresh lemon juice, mayonnaise, hot sauce, olive oil, fresh garlic and salt.

In a food processor or blender add one large, ripe avocado.  You can do this.

To the avocado add 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice.  

Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup olive oil to the avocado-lemon mixture.  

Can you tell from the list of un-fattening ingredients as to why this dressing tastes so good?  I thought you might.

Finally, add 1 teaspoon hot sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt and two garlic cloves to the mixture.

Whirl it up until smooth and creamy.  This is what it will look like....mmmmm.  

Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.  Cover and refrigerate until needed.  This will not brown.

Here are the salad ingredients:  Romaine lettuce, pinto beans, green onions, tomatoes, corn chips and cheddar cheese.  You probably already have all this stuff in your kitchen.

Chop 1-1/2 to 2 heads romaine lettuce, several tomatoes (depending on size), and 5 green onions.  Crush 2 cups of corn chips in a bag with a rolling pin.

Add lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, corn chips, a 15 ounce can of pinto beans (drained and rinsed) and a 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to a bowl.  

Remove dressing from refrigerator and add to the bowl.  Toss well, the dressing will be thick.

This a very simple recipe but the flavors are unbeatable.  The creamy avocado dressing really hits the spot and is the perfect accompaniment to those enchiladas or burritos you will be making; not to mention the margaritas!

Whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo or not you will enjoy the fresh Mexican flavors this salad has to offer.  Enjoy!

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Mexican Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 6-8


For the dressing:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

For the salad:

  • 1-1/2 to 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2-3 large or 6-7 small tomatoes
  • 2 cups corn chips, crushed
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 15 oz can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 green onions, chopped


  • For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings. Cover and refrigerate. Toss salad with dressing right before serving.
  • For the salad, combine all ingredients in a big serving bowl and toss well with dressing. Serve immediately.

This salad also has a million possibilities.  You could add jalapenos, black olives or more hot sauce.  Whatever you like just make it your own and enjoy!

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  1. Gawd that looks good. Oh, and thanks. Now I have that cockroach song in my little head. I think it’s worth it, though, for the education…

  2. Lorena 2

    Ooh… yummyummyummyummy. Yum. That’s heading straight to my recipe folder.

  3. Tipper 3

    Why are you always making me hungry?

  4. Marcy 4

    OMG!! that looks soo yummy!
    and thanks for the info I didn’t know about La Cucaracha, lol. I have that as my newthing I learned today,lol.
    Have a great weekend

  5. have outdid yourself. Thanks for the great recipe…can’t wait to try it out for my friends and family!!!

  6. annbb 6

    That looks scrumptious! I’m with Mental…I will now be humming that dang song in my head for the rest of the day!
    I’m looking forward to making that salad.

  7. What a delicious-looking site! Your images are wonderful! And so tasty-looking! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wait, do you make the salad before or after the marijuana?

  9. Guille 9

    Just bastardized the most well known spanish language nursery rhyme.
    The last line is ‘las patitas par’ andar’
    To leave on a positive note. You may try adding cured onions to the salad. Just add A LOT of salt to your chopped onions and let them sit for about a half hour. Rinse them off and taste. You will notice that the bite is gone and you won’t have to add salt to your dish. Add some lemon, olive oil, cilantro and tomato. You have a great base for so many salads. This is the Ecuadorian “encebollado”

  10. grace 10

    STELLAR. good lord, that dressing. who needs the salad when you’ve got that dressing? take chip, drown in dressing, deliver to mouth. i commend you. :)

  11. Sorry, I am in french today, not spanish. However in any language this salad looks amazing!

    Viva la independence!

  12. Cathy 12


    La Cucaracha is a song often improvised and is similar to songs like Yankee Doodle and On Top of Old Smokey in America.  These songs, like La Cucaracha, have many different verses and are often changed to fit certain occasions.  I’m sure there are many children’s lyrics to the familiar La Cucaracha tune but I’m sticking with this version, somehow it entertains me more.  I know the origin of La Cucaracha is unsettled but if you have any further information let me know.

    Thanks for the tip about the onion it sounds like something I’d be interested in trying.

    Thanks for your comment.

  13. Cathy 13

    Okay, this made me laugh hysterically.

  14. Elle 14

    Ooooh, this looks fantastic! I love the dressing!

  15. Greta 15

    Delicious, delucious, delovely!

    Thank you SO much for posting the La Cucaracha lyrics. I’ve had a running debate w/ a spanish-speaking friend of mine for years. I KNEW he was talking about the doobie.

  16. giz 16

    Yowzer – you just couldn’t make it any easier than you did. Great recipe, fantastic photos – the only thing missing is the last part of the song.

  17. Lord have mercy does that look good. I’m definitely going to make that for Cinco de Mayo.

    And I have say…learned something new today. I had no idea that the words to La Cucharacha were about killing cock roaches with marijuana. Live and learn I say.

  18. daziano 18

    I’m not a big fan of Mexican food, at all. But I love your Mexican salad!! So colorful and yummy. Did you know that Speedy Gonzales sings the version with “marihuana” on it? LOL

  19. Indigo 19

    I had no idea what the words of that song meant! Damn.

    And the salad looks stunning! Avocado!- I would sell my soul for avocado…

  20. Yummm, my kind of salad. Will definitely go well with a drink, and you are kickin it up a notch, girlfriend. That was a perfect avacado.

    Ok the coocoorawcha song. Guess I never knew it but this is what we have been singing for years.

    La Coocoorawcha, la coocoorawcha
    runnin all around the house,
    la coocoorawcha la coocoorawcha,
    quiet as a little mouse.

    La Coocoorawcha, la coocoorawcha
    be sure you smash him on the head,
    la coocoorawcha,la coocoorawcha,
    smash him good, so he’ll be dead.

    In the south we call those big ole monsters palmetto bugs. You ain’t seen nothin until you’ve seen a 3 inch long coocoorawcha. Stuff of nightmares.

  21. Wow, this recipe looks great! I love the avocado dressing! I definitely think I need to try this one!

  22. Flea 22

    Mmmm! Definitely one to print and make! Love your photos.

  23. Lori 23

    This is seriously the most delicious looking salad I have seen in a long, long time!

  24. Lori 24

    oh my……i want to eat at YOUR house. i’m with you on the jewish men, too. :)

  25. Kevin 25

    With beans, cheese, and avacodo this salad looks rpretty tasty!

  26. HoneyB 26

    This looks delicious! Wish I were eating it tonight!

  27. Deborah 27

    This salad looks amazing, but I’ve got to have me some of that dressing!!

  28. Tigger 28

    haha this salad will be making me sing
    “Ai yai yai-yai” oh just fyi I saw a hair in da salad…sorry I have a very bad habit of spotting things or as my spanish teacher put it ” Tu mucho loco”.
    Hehe if you want a mexican recipe my friend Danicsa Adame taught me just ring a bell okey dokey?

  29. Holy frijoles! That looks good. Mui bueno!

  30. MsMVNJ 30

    Wow, that looks wonderful, can’t wait to try it myself.

  31. Medena 31

    It would have been a day wasted today! Then I read this post, and really learned something new—about cockroaches, and I can sleep now! :))) Got to go share this info with my hubby…
    Salad looks delicious!!!

  32. I’m ALWAYS looking for great Mexican sides and salads. This one sounds terrific with that amazing-looking avocado dressing!! Drinks on me…

  33. A) That looks AMAZING.

    B) I honestly had no idea that’s what I was saying when I sang that song. Wow.

  34. Stacy 34

    This looks awesome! I’ve never combined avocado and mayo before, and now I’m wondering what’s been wrong with me. I’ll be trying this!

  35. Neen 35

    Giggle, I’m so amused at this version of la cucaracha. That, and I can’t think of a single better way to use avocados. :)

  36. Claudia 36

    OMG – that looks absolutely decadent. I am totally going to have to make that for next weekends cookout. YUMMMMMMMMY! I’m salivating.

  37. Oh my, oh my….I drooled over every single picture!! I wanna come over your place tomorrow for a celebration!!
    The two cloves of garlic with the creamy avocado dressing really got me!

  38. Ann 38

    OMG, did NOT know the translated lyrics to that song. Of course now, I will sing it even more – or, rather, will start singing it. Thanks for stopping by my site – and now I’m so glad to have blogged into you!

  39. Rita 39

    WOW!!! creamy, garlicky dressing, pieces of shredded cheese! Emmm, can I sing “Living La Vida Loca” instead? LOL

  40. Steph 40

    Can I just say WOW! This looks so good. Definitely trying this one out. Thanks!!

  41. I have never tried avocados in savory recipes, Cathy – here in Brazil, it’s common to have it as a dessert!
    That salad looks wonderful.

  42. Liz C. 42

    Thanks for the history lesson… I loved it. So, I’ve learned something new today – hurray!

    That looks so incredibly fabulous that it’s making my stomach hurt. Can’t wait to give it a whirl in my kitchen.

  43. Wow, that looks simply amazing! So fresh and tasty…yummers!

  44. That looks like a helluva good salad! I love avocados in almost anything.

    And for the record…I like your version of the song. Hehehe!

  45. Vonda 45

    OK you did it again. This has me wishing to go whip up a little salad and dressing.

  46. Paula 46

    I made this salad this weekend – it was so wonderful! Will definitely make again. Thanks Cathy!

  47. mimi 47

    I’m Japanese, but your food makes me so hungry! You can sell your book in Japan! Why don’t you try it?! They eagerly want to learn how to make American yummy food, though;)

  48. I strictly recommend not to hold back until you earn enough amount of money to order goods! You should just get the mortgage loans or short term loan and feel yourself free

  49. saveur 49

    I wanted to thank you for the recipe. I thought it was a delicious salad and wrote about it on my blog.

  50. Marci 50

    From one Aggie to another, delicious recipe! My husband and I enjoyed this salad dressing recipe immensely in our teensy Brooklyn kitchen. Kudos for sharing!

  51. nico 51

    really like your recipes, but i have to say i’m a little disappointed with this one, the dressing is ok but in México we don’t ever use cheddar cheese (well maybe in the border they do but not in the rest of the country), if you really want to do something mexican use a fresh white cheese, like “canasto” or “panela”, hope you can find it over there. also please don’t use those bottled hot sauces, they’re no good if you want genuine mexican flavors. Instead use a jalapeño without seeds and … well i don’t know the english word for this but in spanish it’s “venas” the white stuff inside the chiles that holds the seeds, without them you can have a nice spicy flavor but not something you can’t stand.
    I understand it’s not suposed to be real authenthic mexican cuisine but it’s really frustrating that in USA everithing mexican has cheddar… they don’t even make or sell cheddar in México


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