Mexican Spinach Salad Print Recipe Print Recipe

[Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]

I’m all about the leftovers.

I like to pick a day of the week [usually Sunday] and make big batches of soups, stews, roasted veggies and/or a protein of some kind, like chicken. That way I’ll be set with lunches [sometimes breakfast] and dinner’s for that week. Makes life easier – not easy, but easier, trust me.

These are common ingredients in our fridge and pantry, making this my easy, go-to salad during a busy week. Last week it got even better when I made it with the leftover sweet corn and lime salad. My goodness, it was delish!

What are some of your favorite leftover [or throw together] dishes?

Mexican Spinach Salad Recipe

PRINT Recipe


  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup avocado, diced
  • 1 cup fresh or canned corn [or sweet corn & lime salad]
  • 1 cup black beans, canned – drained & rinsed
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt + fresh black pepper
  • Optional: corn tortilla chips

For protein –  add grilled chicken


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 lime, zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar


Dressing: In a jar with a lid, [a mason jar works well] add olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, salt, honey, and vinegar. Seal and shake well. Place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or until ready to serve

In a large mixing bowl, add spinach and the drizzle a little bit of the dress over and toss. Mix in the tomatoes, avocado, corn, black beans and cilantro.  Add a little more of the dressing and toss – add more of less depending on your preference. Season with salt + pepper, to taste.

Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Serves 2 large salads

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  • Glory/ Glorious Treats

    Oh how I love a beautiful salad! This looks fantastic!

  • Heba

    when it comes to food I always read your recipes,they are the best 🙂

  • Maria

    I could eat this every day! Love it!

  • Amanda

    *Inviting myself over on a Sunday!* I bet your kitchen smells fabulous all day long… 🙂

  • Julia

    Gorgeous picture. Such a simple salad, but you made it look just divine. I want to dig in right now!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    that looks so fresh & delish..nice work 🙂

  • Pamela


    Also – I’m loving the 30 day challenge video in your last post. I started a ‘detox’ challenge at the beginning of this month and I am feeling wonderful for it.

    Beautiful blog 🙂

  • katie

    Yum. This looks good! I love using leftovers in a salad or making a wrap with them!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    Great looking! Hope you’re well and had a great time in New York

  • Bev Weidner


    Why am I not in that salad right now? Setting up camp? Eating my way out?

  • Casey

    YUM! I found your blog a few days ago and made this salad last night – SO GOOD! Thank you!!

  • Jennifer

    Oh wow, this looks perfect for a HOT day like today! Making it tomorrow night for dinner. Your photography just blows me away!

  • Joyce

    This looks amazing! I love salads and this one looks very different from what I have been having – you know, the traditional kind of salads that can get boring lol — can’t wait to try it out!

  • Linda Neighbors Trzeciak

    Thank you for this wonderful dish.  It looks fabulous!  A wonderful dish for vegans too.  No need to add chicken for protein, the black beans provide all you need.