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.
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
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.
I’m just saying — don’t knock it, ’til you’ve tried it!
And that, my friends, is my latest addiction.
Do you have a favorite lunch that you MUST HAVE every week. Do share!