Taco Salad

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Salad is a lot more fun when it becomes a taco salad. Incorporating all the lively flavors of tacos, this tasty salad is quick and easy to prepare, and is a great choice when you’d like a hearty main-dish salad. If you’re short on time, use some of the shortcut suggested. Have it on its own for lunch; complete the meal with baked sweet potatoes, vegan quesadillas, and/or corn-on-the-cob for dinner.

Serves: 2 to 3 (doubles easily)

  • 2 medium firm ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large green or red bell pepper, cut into short strips
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 cup grated vegan cheddar cheese (great with Daiya!)
  • 15- to 16-ounce can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Mixed baby greens or dark green lettuce, torn, as needed
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas), as desired
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, as desired, optional

Dressing (or see Note for shortcut):

  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce or good-quality ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the salad ingredients in a serving
bowl. Use greens or lettuce as needed, according to the number of servings desired.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until well blend- ed. Pour over the salad, toss well, and distribute to individual serving bowls. Crumble tortilla chips over the top of each portion and enjoy!

Taco  Salad recipe

Notes: For a shortcut, use your favorite French or tomato-based salad dressing.

Nutritional Information:
Per serving (not with dressing): 517 calories; 27.5g fat; 876mg sodium; 950.8mg potassium; 55.4g carbs; 17.5g fiber; 4.1g sugar; 15.3g protein

Dressing (per batch): 146.5 calories; 13.9g fat; 851mg sodium; 221.8mg potassium; 6.8g carbs; 1.3g fiber; 2.7g sugar; 0.9g protein


3 comments on “Taco Salad

  1. Pingback: Meatless Monday: Veggie Taco Salad | Eating Out of the Local Box

  2. Gita

    Dear friends, Brahmakumaris are vegetarian… and emphasize the importance of keeping thoughts pure… when preparing food… they either enhance or decrease the vibes of what we eat…thus affecting our health… vegetarian lifestyle is also more conducive to achieving total peace of mind.
    There is Brahmakumaris meditation…that relaxes the mind…nurtures a healthy balance between inner and outer worlds…recharge… rejuvenate the inner-self…

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