Taco Salad: A Love Story


You all, it’s time.

It’s time for me to admit that I have an addiction that you probably caught on to ages ago if you have ever read one of my meal plans.

I am completely addicted to Taco Salad

I literally MUST eat it every week and I know that is just the most boring thing. I want to feel bad about it. I want to change my ways and be that person who whips up magical salads that are diverse all of the time. But this salad just sings its siren song too often, so nary a week goes by when I don’t eat it.

It’s simple and no frills, but I think it’s high time I told you about it in case you need a new addiction. It’s a piece of cake.

Ingredients:

1 Head of romaine
1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half
1 Cup Cucumbers
Red or Yellow Bell Peppers to taste (I’ll just slice up an entire pepper because I’m CRAZY…woo hoo)
Sprinkle of Shredded Cheddar
Half an Avocado, salted and diced
Thinly sliced red onion, if you don’t have a meeting right after lunch
3 sliced radishes
A handful of black olives
4-6 oz browned ground beef, mixed with this taco seasoning

Method:

Uh…mix it altogether and toss with dressing. That’s all folks.

Ah yes, let’s talk about dressing

So, as you know, pre-made salad dressings fall into the 20% for me of my 80/20 Paleo Rule. I enjoy making homemade dressings, but most often I prefer a bottled dressing for it’s convenience. I realize this means I end up ingesting some preservatives. For now, I’m over it. Not the hill I’m going to die on. So with that said — here are a few of my favorite ways to dress this salad — all are delicious!

Option 1: Carmen’s Habitual Habanero

I mentioned this back here, and it is still a favorite! (All of their dressings are! Seriously…GET SOME IMMEDIATELY!) And probably the most Paleo of all the salad dressings. Delicious and SPICY if you want a good kick!

Option 2: Bolthouse Farms Salsa Ranch Yogurt Dressing

It’s fairly new at my grocery store, but I’ve already gone through 2 bottles. You guys, I love this salad. Let the sheer volume of salad dressing I’ve used be a testament!

Option 3: The Don’t Judge Me Option

This is going to sound gross but I enjoyed it and loved it long before I ever knew what it was and now I can’t go back. This is how Garrett’s mom dresses her version of The Best Taco Salad Ever and indeed, it is pretty damn good! But let it be noted that she also includes corn, black beans and NACHO CHEESE DORITOS. So I mean, obviously it’s going to be the bomb.

Thousand Island Dressing mixed with Hot Sauce

I’m just saying — don’t knock it, ’til you’ve tried it!

And that, my friends, is my latest addiction.

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Do you have a favorite lunch that you MUST HAVE every week. Do share!

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13 comments to Taco Salad: A Love Story

  • Home Sweet Sarah
    April 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I love you, Garrett’s mom. I too put NACHO CHEESE DORITOOOOOS on my taco salad. YUM.

    Also, while we’re sharing “don’t judge me” toppings…My fave Mexican joint in town serves carnitas with a side salad (hah) that is basically just shredded iceberg lettuce and watery ranch dressing and I don’t know why, but putting a pile of that on carnitas with salsa is SO GOOD.

    • Holly
      April 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      What is it with Mexican Food restaurants having the worst/best salads? Our fave joint serves the plaaaaaainest salad but it’s AWESOME mixed in with my dinner. YUM!

  • Andrea
    April 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    We eat taco salad weekly too, although I never use dressing I always just pile on the hot sauce and some crushed tortilla chips. I’ve been working on eliminating the chips but love the crunch factor. I’m going to try the dressing for sure on Monday yes that’s our designated taco salad night ha I just realized I really need a life lol.

  • Denise
    April 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    My husband and I eat taco salad all the time, but use guacamole and salsa as dressing and leave out the cheese. It’s perfect and I don’t care how boring it might look on paper.

    I love Mexican food, and the chips are what I miss the most about it.

  • Mary Hone
    April 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Yum, I love a good taco salad too. Those dressings look yummy.

  • Kristin
    April 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Uhhh… I LOVE me some taco salad!! I make a different version, but yours look DELICIOUS!! Mine includes Juanitas tortilla chips (if you haven’t tried them they are amazing!) And all the traditional taco toppings. I also need to have it at least once a week. I will have to try your version soon!

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    April 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    We made, we loved and will be making again soon. Thanks you!

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