I wanted to make a nice Southwestern flavored salad with an avocado dressing. I found a recipe online for the dressing at Sumptuous Spoonfuls that looked wonderful. I adapted the recipe to suit my family and it turned out terrific. I liked the combination of ingredients on the salad and the dressing was a big hit! We all LOVED it and even enjoyed dipping the Buttermilk Southwestern Grilled Chicken in it. This chicken also paired nicely with the Mexican Rice.
Combine the minced garlic, lime juice, cilantro, avocado, sugar, cumin, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, cayenne pepper, to taste, olive oil, Greek yogurt, and milk together in a bowl. Mix it well using an immersion blender; set aside for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
Combine the romaine lettuce, bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, diced avocado, pinto beans, tortilla strips, and cotija cheese together in a serving bowl. Drizzle with the avocado dressing, to taste then toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.