Southwestern Salad

As Kenya and Chloe have gotten older, they've started gravitating more towards salad. Getting them to eat raw veggies has never really been an issue, but leafy salad greens took a bit of time for them to get used to. I eventually realized that letting them help me wash, toss, or dress the salad went a long way towards them wanting to eat it. I also found that a good dressing, like this mouthwatering citrus cilantro one, works wonders.

Recently, I threw a baby shower for a dear friend and served this Southwestern Salad to go along with the Mexican inspired menu. While I was tossing it, my pregnant friend watched in shock as Chloe kept trying to snag handfuls out of the bowl and stuff them in her mouth. I've come to realize that if you just start to serve your kids salad day after day, eventually they will come to love it. Especially when it features all kinds of crispy, sweet vegetables like this one.

Ah, the salad days of youth.

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Southwestern Salad (serves 4)

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1 10-ounce bag mixed salad greens
  • 1 small jicama, peeled
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Thinly slice the jicama and red bell pepper into matchstick-sized pieces.
2. In a large bowl, combine the salad greens, jicama, red bell pepper, corn, and cotija and toss to combine.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.