Easy Southwestern Salad

Southwestern Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing | RachelCooks.com

While I love to cook, there is something wonderfully comforting knowing that there is a pizza in the freezer, made with natural ingredients, that I can toss in the oven on a busy night. Or maybe on a night when the two kiddos have really worn me out and I just don’t feel like making a complicated dinner. Recently, Annie’s approached me about trying their new pizza line. No brainer!


I should start by saying that I love Annie’s and all of their products–so does E! But you probably already knew that if you read my recipe for Southwestern Macaroni & Cheese Muffins. I was thrilled to try their new pizzas and was not disappointed by the quality or the flavor. Annie’s asked me to think about the theme of Putting Good Into Your Family Dinner. This really struck a chord with me, because even on those busy nights or the nights where I just can’t drag my butt into the kitchen, I still like to feel confident that I am feeding my family good food. Even if it is a night where I need a little more convenience than an elaborate recipe can provide. Sitting down for dinner as a family is of the utmost importance to us, something that I think will become even more important as our children grow. I love creating a meal and feeling confident in the fact that I’m serving my family something that is good for them and that is going to keep them around for a long, long time. ‘Cause, you know, I kinda like them.


We tried–and loved–the Barbecue Chicken Pizza. My daughter loved it too. Very flavorful (but not too spicy) bbq sauce with a good amount of cheese and chicken and a tender, thick crust. The only thing that could have made it better was bacon, but bacon makes everything better, does it not? To make it a complete meal–to put good into my family dinner, I paired it with a southwestern salad with crunchy jicama, sweet little bites of sauteed red bell pepper and red onion, and nutritious spinach. I brightened up the flavors with fresh cilantro and topped it off with Annie’s flavorful Roasted Red Pepper Dressing.

Southwestern Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing | RachelCooks.com

I wrote the recipe for one, to make it easy to customize for your family. Family of two? Multiply by two. Family of four? Multiple by four. But remember, it is a salad — in other words, hard to mess up. A handful of this, a handful of that, and you’ve got a great, nutritious side for that pizza that came hot out of your oven. You can throw this salad together easily while your pizza is cooking? Simple perfection if you ask me. Read on for the recipe and a fun Annie’s giveaway!


Easy Southwestern Salad

This southwestern salad is super flavorful and comes together in minutes. A great way to round out a meal.

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  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • approximately 1 cup of baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons julienned (or thinly sliced) jicama
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Annie’s Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette


  1. In a small frying pan, heat olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Saute peppers and onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from burner and let cool slightly.
  2. On a plate, layer spinach and jicama. Add peppers and onions, and then cilantro. Drizzle dressing on top. Enjoy!

Feel free to use different greens if you don’t have spinach available. Leaf lettuce or romaine would be great. I always have spinach in the house so that’s what I used in this recipe.

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  1. by Nancy H Annie’s Homegrown is the best. I love their bunny fruit snacks, it reminds me of gummy bears- but healthy. The white cheddar mac and cheese is really good too. I don’t put quite as much milk as it calls for and the cheese gets a little thicker, making it taste richer.

  2. I would love to try the Pepperoni pizza! I love Annie’s Mac and Cheese, so to know that they actually have pizza- that’s wonderful! Plus it would be good bonding time with my baby boy- who loves pizza just as much as his Mommy!

  3. I would love to try the Barbecue Recipe Chicken Pizza. It sounds so good! Thank you for the post.

  4. I love BBQ Chicken Pizza so I’m very interested in trying that.

  5. BBQ Chicken!

  6. BBQ Pizza!

  7. Barbecue chicken please!

  8. What a great salad dressing recipe, it looks delish! E is absolutely adorable, too! Thanks for sharing the giveaway… the BBQ chicken sounds great to me!

  9. I would love to try the cheese pizza…but can’t lie…would probably throw a few chopped veggies on top for fun ;-)

  10. They all sound good, but I’d have to go with pepperoni!

  11. Bbq chicken! Yum yum yum!

  12. I love Annie’s products! BBQ chicken pizza is my all time favorite pizza, so I would love to try that one!

  13. Can’t go wrong with pepperoni pizza!

  14. The four cheese pizza looks delicious!

  15. I had no idea Annie’s made pizza! I definitely want to try the BBQ chicken.

  16. i’d love to try the 4 cheese!

  17. The BBQ Chicken! I love that you said it was yummy but not too spicy… I’m kind of a spice wimp ;-) Great post!

  18. BBQ Chicken is my FAVORITE!

  19. Organic Spinach & Mushroom or Rising Crust Four Cheese

  20. I’d like to try 4 cheese pizza. We could dress it up how we like.

  21. My family always pick pepperoni pizza – so that would be top for us!
    I didn’t realize they made salad dressings as well, I am going to have to look for them!

  22. My family loves cheese so I would start with the four cheese pizza and see if I could get them to try something new. But the four cheese is a guarantee that they will like it.

  23. bbq chicken looks delicious :)

  24. Ooohhh, these look good! I would love to try the Four Cheese! :D

  25. I’d love to try the four cheese!

  26. The uncured pepperoni would be my first to try.

  27. I’d love BBQ chicken first please

  28. They all sound good. I guess if I had to chose it would be the BBQ Chicken.

  29. Four cheese! Then I can add veggies to it and make it awesome! :)

  30. BBQ chicken!

  31. I’d love to try the four cheese but my husband would want to try the uncured pepperoni!

  32. Love Annie’s pizza! I would try out the 4 cheese for sure!

  33. I love Annies too! That’s the only mac n cheese my boys eat. I can’t wait to try the pizza!

  34. I’m most interested in trying the four cheese pizza.

  35. E is so cute!! I love how she’s modeling for the blog :)

    BBQ chicken wins in my book, all the time!

  36. Your daughter is adorable! :) I had no clue Annie’s had pizza. My kids love Annie’s and they actually love salads so this is great for them.

  37. Enjoyed your meal, waiting for you to bring it to my house. Yummy. Annie makes good products have had macaroni and cheese numerous times. Now I have not had their Pizza but I would like to try the Annie’s new Uncured Pepperoni Pizza, sounds yummy to me….

  38. This dressing sounds so good. And the salad – I could eat it every day!

  39. Hmm…the bbq chicken or the 4 cheese (where I would add more toppings!). Had no idea they were coming out with a pizza line! We love their mac and cheese.

  40. bbq chicken!

  41. If it has meat, it is for me. I’d start with Uncured Pepperoni Pizza.

  42. The pepperoni sounds great!

  43. Pepperoni is usually my go-to, but I’m interested in the BBQ Chicken Pizza.

  44. I usually hate salad… but this one looks easy and delicious!!!

  45. #1. E is such a cutie pants!
    #2. Gorgeous salad. Love all the veggies!
    #3. BBQ chicken, please (though I’d eat all 3 for sure)

  46. I’d want to try the 4 cheese.
    That’s the only kind of pizza my kid AND husband will eat, they love it!

  47. I’d love to try the four cheese one – we’re cheese lovers in this family! Love the salad!

  48. Definitely the Four Cheese! Yum!

  49. The BBQ chicken sounds amazing! Thanks.

  50. BBQ chicken pizza sounds great

  51. Four cheese, please!

  52. I didn’t even know annie’s had pizzas! I’m an old fashioned pepperoni purist, so I’d LOVE to try the uncured pepperoni!

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