Cinco de Mayo is more than just your favourite taco recipes. These Cinco de Mayo salad recipes are the perfect addition to your fiesta spread. Whether you are looking for a cool and refreshing watermelon salad, to a perfectly-spiced elote salad, this list has you covered!
What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico's victory over the French Empire in 1862 - celebrated on May 5th.
Modern day celebrations in the United States are of course, much more commercialized. Cinco de Mayo is now commonly associated with a reason to indulge in delicious Mexican and Mexican-inspired foods!
What Foods are Typically Eaten?
The most traditional Cinco de Mayo food is molé poblano, as it is known as the official food of Cinco de Mayo, and is consumed in Puebla, Mexico.
That being said, if you are looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home, you cannot go wrong with homemade tacos, tinga quesadillas, or fusion taco biscuit bites. With all great tacos and main course ideas, a side is a must. These Cinco de Mayo inspired salads are the perfect addition! If you're looking for cocktail inspiration for Cinco de Mayo, you'll want to add Mexican micheladas, a homemade blue margarita, or even a chile lime mangorita to the spread!
15+ Best Cinco de Mayo Salad Recipes
Mexican Watermelon Salad Recipe
This watermelon salad gets a Mexican makeover with crunchy toasted pepitas, salty queso fresco, fresh cilantro and a tangy lime vinaigrette. Serve with tacos or any grilled meat for an easy Mexican feast!
With fresh, ripe tomatoes, sharp white onion, and the kick of a jalapeño, this zesty tomato salsa is the perfect accompaniment to your favourite tex-mex dishes.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Mexican shrimp cocktail, or "coctel de camarones", is a popular and refreshing Mexican appetizer that consists of shrimp, avocado and cilantro swimming in a spicy (or mild) tomato broth. Quick, easy, healthy and delicious!
Whether you are team creamy or team vinegar coleslaw, this honey lime coleslaw is sure to be a hit. This coleslaw is the perfect balance of tang and sweetness.
Elotes (Mexican Street Corn) Salad
Fresh, in season corn grilled and cut right off the cob, combined with flavor-packed ingredients like radishes and jalapeños, make this salad something special.
Ensalada de Nopales (Cactus Salad)
Ensalada de Nopales (or Cactus Salad) is a tasty, vegan-friendly, and refreshing side dish that's a staple in Mexico. It's quick and SO versatile. You can pair it with just about everything!
Mexican Shrimp Salad
Mexican Shrimp Salad is fresh, vibrant, and bursting with the flavor of perfectly seasoned shrimp, corn, tomatoes, jalapeños, avocado, and drizzled with a Mexican vinaigrette dressing and a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds!
Vegan Mexican Potato Salad (Ensalada de Papa)
Try this ensalada de papa (or potato salad) full of buttery potatoes and crunchy vegetables covered in a creamy, dairy-free chipotle sauce. It's the perfect item to bring to your next potluck or gathering!
Mango Avocado Chili Lime Salad
This Mango Avocado Chili Lime Salad is sweet with a little heat! Freshly squeezed lime juice, chili powder and sea salt season juicy mango and creamy avocado in a healthy salad. This mango salad with chili and lime is Whole30, Paleo and Vegan.
Tequila Lime Fruit Salad
If you are a fan of fruit salads and margaritas, then this Tequila Lime Fruit Salad will surely hit the spot. This spiked bowl of fruit has a nice sweet flavor that comes from a infused tequila-lime simple syrup.
Jicama Salad is an easy & healthy side or snack. Crisp jicama & sweet-tart shredded apple mixed with a mildly tangy salad dressing is perfect. Bonus: it's a great jicama slaw on bean burgers & tacos too.
Doritos Taco Salad Board
A Doritos Taco Salad Board is a modern nod to the retro recipe that lets your dinner guests customize their own delicious taco salad.
Laurel's Jicama Salad
My sister Laurel’s Jicama Salad is probably going to be a salad you’ll make over and over, even if you’ve never eaten jicama before. And this is a fun recipe with endless variations!
Carne Asada Steak Salad with Mojo Dressing
Carne Asada Steak Salad with Mojo dressing is a lightened up and delicious way to serve grilled Carne Asada steak! With steak, tomatoes, feta, avocado and a zingy Mojo dressing that's a riff on Carne Asada marinade!
Taco Pasta Salad + Instant Pot Taco Pasta Salad
If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for a potluck, backyard BBQ or family gathering you will love this Taco Pasta Salad with Doritos.
Easy Recipe for Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw (Great with Tacos!)
This Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw is a tasty side dish to accompany any Mexican inspired meal. This broccoli slaw recipe is super easy thanks to pre-packaged shredded broccoli slaw mix. It also has carrots, red cabbage and is tossed with jalapeño, lime, red onion, and red bell pepper for a refreshing side salad.
Healthy Mango Black Bean Salad (One Bowl| 5 Minutes)
This healthy Mango Black Bean Salad is hearty, bursting with flavor, and packed with plant-based protein and fiber. Made with 8 low-budget, pantry-friendly ingredients in 5 minutes (not including marinating time)!
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