Mexican Fiesta Salad

by Dannii on May 6, 2014

Mexican Fiesta Salad
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Why is it called a Fiesta Salad? Because it is like a party in my mouth. Yes….I did just say that. If you are not a fan of Mexican food, then don’t worry, because my crazy amounts of posts about my love of Mexican food will soon be coming to an end, or at least being toned down a bit. But for you Mexican food lovers, why not liven up your salads with a Mexican twist? A great way to use leftovers. If you can manage to save any leftovers from your Mexican dinner of course.

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Although I made this today simply by throwing together all the leftovers from last night’s Cinco de Mayo tacos and putting them on top of a salad, this is actually a big of a nostalgic meal. When we were in Mexico last year, our hotel had the most amazing buffet. Not your usual low quality buffet food, but incredible and traditional Mexican dishes, alongside the most badass salad bar you have ever seen.

Being the health concious foodie that I am, I saw the opportunity to create an insane Mexican salad – despite the strange looks from my fellow buffet lovers. Bowl piled high with every lettuce leaf that they had and a squeeze of lime juice for the dressing. Then to the meat section for whatever slow cooked, Mexican spiced meat they were offering that day and then I topped it all off with an obscene amount of guacamole (hey, it was free) and the second hottest salsa they had (the salad might be badass, but I am not) and some sour cream, just in case I had been too crazy with the salsa. It was one of my favourite meals for the 2 weeks we were there and I usually recreate it the day after we have Mexican for dinner.

Okay, enough talk. Here is how I throw it all together.


Ingredients - Serves 1

- 1 portion of slow cooked BBQ chicken (I added chipotle powder to mine this time)

- Half an avocado, mashed with coriander (cilantro), sea salt and black pepper and a little red chilli

- 1 portion of Pico de Gallo

- 1 tbsp 0% Greek yoghurt (to substitute the sour cream)

- Mixed salad greens

- Cucumber


What is your favourite salad to make with leftovers? Leave a comment below.


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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna @AnnaTheApple

I do love Mexican foods. The flavours, spice and guacamole. So good. When I was in Mexico last year I literally had guacamole with everything.
And BBQ chicken…ahh heavenly!


2 Dannii

BBQ chicken and guacamole together = awesome!


3 Mary

I used to be restaurant manager at an Italian restaurant and one of my favourite lunches came about from the days I went in and mixed together my own odd random salad concoctions.


4 Dannii

I would love that! Although I think I would gain so much weight in that job with all the pasta around.


5 Maria @ runningcupcake

Mmmm I love guacamole :) Although I would be choosing the mildest salsa as I can’t take the heat!!


6 Dannii

I love me some heat!


7 Corinne

I love salads like this! This looks so yummy =) I want a fiesta in my mouth!

Corinne x


8 Dannii

Haha it was definitely a mini fiesta!


9 Heidi Roberts

This looks like my perfect summer meal. A lovely homemade roll and I would be in salad heaven.


10 Dannii

Can’t beat homemade bread.


11 Lucy

Looks delicious, great way to use up meat left over from Mexican food :-)


12 Dannii

No waste in this house :)


13 Maria

I really enjoy how simple your recipes are. Definitely one for me to try.


14 Dannii

Thank you :)


15 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

Anything with huac on the top is a winner in my book – looks yummy!


16 Dannii

Same here. Can’t get enough of the stuff!


17 Paula

It has been too cold here today for a salad, but I am bookmarking it for another time.


18 Dannii

I know, where is the Spring weather?


19 Karen

ANOTHER FAB Mexican recipe – LOVE it Dannii! Karen


20 Dannii

Thanks :)


21 Imogen

That is one tasty looking salad!


22 Dannii

Why thank you!


23 Helen

This looks so good!!! I’ll be round in 10, yum! :-)

Helen X


24 Dannii

Haha, okay!


25 Hillary

I love breakfast salads. Egg, bacon and sausage all chopped up over mixed greens. So good!


26 Dannii

That sounds so good. That is breakfast tomorrow sorted then.


27 Tori

Mmmm, this looks delicious. You should start a delivery service. I would order!


28 Dannii

Maybe one day :D


29 Leanne

I love salsa and guacamole with my eggs for breakfast too. Best way to start the day in my opinion!


30 Dannii

Totally is. I had that every day when I was in Mexico.


31 Nayna Kanabar (@citrusspiceuk)

With a hearty salad like this ,its a meal in one. You don’t need anything else. Healthy too.


32 Dannii

So true.


33 Jennifer

I am going to make your slow cooked chicken on Friday night. Friday night is always Mexican night in our house. With some margaritas of course :)


34 Dannii



35 Kelly

I would be in heaven at a Mexican buffet. Where did you stay? We were thinking of going to Mexico next year, but there are just so many hotels to choose from.


36 Dannii

We stayed at Moon Palace Grand. It was incredible.


37 Latoyah

Oooo I love Mexican! This looks super tasty! Mouth watering


38 Dannii

Thanks :D


39 Rose

This looks like my kind of salad. We have slow cooked beef for Cindo de Mayo last night, but my husband made sure that there were no leftovers for a salad today. Great idea though!


40 Dannii

Hide some for leftovers next time ;)


41 Tara

I like making a salad the day after a roast dinner, so usually a Monday. Seasoned chicken with roasted vegetables and chunks of potato is delicious.


42 Dannii

Great idea! We always roast a whole chicken once a week for leftovers in salads and sandwiches etc


43 Brenda

Your description of you making your salad in Mexico made me giggle. I can just imagine it.


44 Dannii

I did get some funny looks ;)


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