Taco Salad

With the weather warming up, all I want for dinner is salad.  This is a long-time favourite of mine.  Its easy to throw together and oh-so-satisfying.  I make it with either homemade refried beans or with lean ground beef, depending on which side of the flexitarian spectrum I’m leaning towards that day.  I had Steak Tagliata yesterday, so today I went for the beans.

taco ingredients - kaleigh's kitchen
taco ingredients – kaleigh’s kitchen

Making your own refried beans is as easy as frying up some garlic in a pan and dumping in the entire contents (water and all) of a can of black beans in.  Simmer, stirring frequently, until the liquid is mostly gone, add a small handful of minced cilantro and some salt to taste and you’re good to go.  For the beef option, just brown 500g lean ground beef with 1 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp chilli powder.   

taco salad - kaleigh's kitchen

The base of this salad is finely shredded romaine (I allot 1/2 head romaine per person, because I am a salad glutton).  The toppings are whatever your little heart desires.  Today I went for red and yellow peppers, green onion, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, guacamole, greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), and jarred salsa.  Depending on what I have, sometimes I add corn or shredded cheddar.  For the protein, ground beef or refried beans are my usual suspects.

taco salad - kaleigh's kitchen

Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 15 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 portion taco beef (500g browned with 1tsp cumin & 1/2 tsp chilli powder) OR 1 portion homemade refried beans (1 can black beans, 1 garlic clove, 2Tbsp chopped cilantro)
  • TOPPINGS
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Finely shred romaine and divide into 2 large bowls.
  2. Add vegetables to each bowl - red & yellow pepper, green onions, cilantro and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Add beef or beans.
  4. Top with guacamole, salsa and greek yogurt as per individual preferences.
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  1. Dinner jinx! We had taco salad last night too but yours looks a bit healthier 😛 We had accompanying nachos + cheese and bacon in our refried beans 😛 I definitely agree with your summer time salad craving and look forward to getting some new salad ideas from you!

    PS, Your guacamole looks so cute and fresh!

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