This salad comes together in minutes. With fresh summer ingredients you'll find it irresistible. And you can make it ahead, then pull it out of the refrigerator for lunch or dinner.
In a small bowl, stir together the beans and salsa. Spread across the bottom of a large serving bowl.
Layer the following ingredients in the serving bowl (on top of the beans and salsa) in this order: lettuce, corn, tomatoes, bacon or chicken if using, bell pepper, cheese, avocado, and top with tortilla chips.
In a small bowl, whisk together the ranch dressing and BBQ sauce or taco seasoning. Serve on the side.
The easiest way to cook the corn is to microwave it.
Here's how to cut the kernels off the cob.
If you're trying to cut down on salt, use unsalted tortilla chips. The dressing and salsa have plenty of flavor, so you don't need that salt to add flavor to the salad.
To make the salad ahead and refrigerate, leave off the tortilla chips and dressing until ready to serve.