Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easy taco salad

There are many evenings, usually after a long day in the office, when I don't feel like cooking. I'm usually sitting on the train reading a foodie magazine when I realize I'm hungry as hell and there is no way I'm spending time prepping a meal when I get home.

So I send Erik a crabby text, "I'm not making dinner".  He could care less and a throws a frozen pizza in the oven. If it's a day when I'm on Weight Watchers, frozen pizza is a no-no.

So I make this taco salad, which is inspired by my sister, who literally eats it almost every evening for dinner. Why not? It's healthy and super easy (only takes about 5 minutes to throw together) and great for vegetarians or people who observe "Meatless Mondays".

Taco salad

1/3 - 1/2 bag of salad mix
1 roma tomato, sliced
1/4 cups shredded cheddar
1/4 cup salsa
1 tablespoon ranch
1/3 cup black beans
3-4 tortilla chips, crushed

Optional - avocado, corn, sour cream


Heat the black beans in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Place lettuce/salad mix on a plate. Top with tomato, cheddar, black beans, salsa, ranch and tortilla chips.

Makes one serving.



  1. Obviously I love taco salad. Yours looks delish!


  2. Well-timed, Jenna! I bought these taco shell makers last week (basically molds a tortilla into the shape of a bowl) and needed a kick to use them. I never thought to just combine salsa and ranch for a dressing, but I bet that's really really good.

  3. Yum! I love Mexican food and I love salads!! This is a great option for dinner when I'm cooking for one.


  4. mmm! Looks REALLY good! I have a "Taco Tuesday" once a month.. I will have to try this!

  5. Mm-Mm! I love taco salad. Thanks for sharing! I'll definitely give this one a try.

  6. sounds delicious! YUM YUM! TFS :)

  7. I love finding vegetarian recipes and I miss mexican food so much living in Paris! This is perfect!

  8. Yum! This looks so delish & simple. I especially love fresh tomatoes & avocados in a salad like this.

  9. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cooking category today [07 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. I make a salad a lot like this. But, there's a dressing you need to try! It is Spicy Ranch made by Hidden Valley. It adds a nice little zip. I can only find it at Target. Enjoy!

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