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Taco Salad

April 7, 2011 by  
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This is a quick and easy weekday dinner that is very popular with my children. We serve this meal “buffet style,” and they love having the control of choosing which toppings make it onto their salad. I love that they’re getting (and enjoying) lots of veggies. I would normally include a bowl of corn as one of the toppings, because I love that extra little burst of sweetness, but we didn’t have any corn in the house when I decided to make this, and I didn’t realize it until a few minutes before putting dinner on the table.

If you happen to have leftovers (we rarely do when we serve this dish), the meat makes fabulous nachos, and the avocado/salsa “dressing” makes a great dip for the nachos.

Taco Salad

  • 2 avocados, skin and pits removed and flesh mashed with the back of a fork
  • 1/2 C sour cream (we like to use reduced fat)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 plus 2 Tbs salsa (not black bean)
  • Juice of 2 small limes
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained, with juice reserved
  • 1 can beans (black or pinto) drained and rinsed
  • 6 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese

Combine the avocados, sour cream, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, lime juice, and salsa in a medium bowl.

Brown hamburger, drain, and return to skillet. Add one packet of taco seasoning. Combine the reserved tomato juice with enough water to achieve the amount of liquid listed in the taco seasoning instructions (generally 3/4 cups of total liquid). Add the diced tomatoes, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the beans to the skillet.

Place the remaining toppings (tomatoes, corn, tortilla chips, and cheese) in individual bowls. Assemble salads with the romaine, meat mixture, individual toppings, and avocado/salsa dressing.

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3 Responses to Taco Salad

  1. LisaE says:

    This does look good. We used to eat salads all summer long but the last couple years not so much due to older daughter not liking it much. I told daughter she better get used to salads because they are healthy and we will be eating salads this summer. I can’t wait…I miss a good salad.

  2. kelli says:

    This is my problem, I don’t eat vegetable although I tried. Can’t eat those green leafy thing.

  3. Lonely says:

    This looks good and yummy. I love healthy foods like this salad. I can’t wait to try and taste it.

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