Taco Salad

Looking for an easy weeknight meal? This easy and healthy Taco Salad recipe is it! It’s simple to prepare, deliciously satisfying, and customizable with your favorite taco toppings! Made in under 30 minutes, it’s the perfect family friendly dinner that is also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Easy Simple Taco SaladTaco Salad Recipe

Taco night can’t come easier when traditional ground beef tacos are turned into taco salad bowls! This easy and healthy Taco Salad recipe is most definitely going to be a crowd favorite. It’s delicious, so customizable and best of all easy-breezy to make! We take the classic flavor of a ground beef taco with seasoned meat and toss it together with all the usual suspects like romaine, avocado, tomato and (optionally) cheese. To make it easy-as-can-be, use a store bought salsa to help season the meat and to use as a dressing on the assembled salad. It works well with both a red salsa and a green salsa verde.

Want to make it a taco salad bar? If you have picky eaters in your family leave all the different salad ingredients in small bowls and let everyone make their own taco salad bowl! Plus the little ones will think it is fun and just might be tempted to try something new!

Ingredients for taco saladIngredients for Taco Salads

  • Ground Beef
  • Spices
  • Salsa
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Cheddar cheese (optional, omit for Whole30 or Paleo)
  • Avocado

Want to customize it to your favorite taco topping? Swap out what you don’t have or don’t like with what you’ve got on hand. Some other great additions are:

  • Canned beans
  • Shredded kale
  • Corn
  • Crushed up tortilla
  • Shredded chicken or pork
  • Hot sauce

How to Make Taco Salad

This couldn’t be easier! All you have to do to make this dish is:

  1. Brown some ground beef and add the spices
  2. Mix up your taco fixings in a large bowl
  3. Divide among plates and top with cooked ground beef
  4. Serve with a side of salsa or hot sauce

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Healthy Taco Salad

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 00:25 Yields 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot add beef and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add all of the spices to the beef and ¼ cup salsa and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile assemble salad: In a large bowl toss together lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeños, and cheese. Divide between 4 bowls and top with ground beef.
  3. Serve with remaining salsa on the side for dressing.
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Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing (Video)

This Harvest Salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a Winter kale salad recipe! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing for the absolute perfect holiday salad all Fall and Winter Long!

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Maple Balsamic Dressing

You guys, I’ve been putting this dressing on EVERYTHING. It is my favorite dressing that everybody loves and it is SO easy to make. You need to make it immediately. 

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How do you soften kale for a salad?

To prepare kale for a salad, massage the kale with oil and lemon for 1-3 minutes.

Can I use anything aside from kale?

Yes, use any leafy green that you love! 

Watch the video: 

Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Total Time 0:50 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Salad

    Maple Balsamic Dressing

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Slice kabocha squash and toss with olive oil and spread across a lined baking sheet.
    3. Roast squash for 30-40 minutes until fork tender. Remove and set aside.
    4. In a blender combine all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
    5. Place pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, tossing halfway through, watch to avoid burning.
    6. Massage kale with olive oil for 1-2 minutes.
    7. Assemble salad: kale, squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans. Top with dressing and serve.
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