Tasty Taco Salad


Tasty Taco Salad

Tasty Taco Salad
20 Min
10 Min

This taco salad always surprises people. That's 'cause they're a little unsure about a taco salad that doesn't have any cheese or sour cream. Good news is, once they get a forkful they always say, "Wow, this is a Tasty Taco Salad!" That's right, fresh and flavorful ingredients (plus a creamy homemade dressing) make for one healthy and delicious taco salad!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted black olives, chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3 bell peppers (assorted colors), chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • DRESSING (see Note)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

What to Do

  1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with the taco seasoning and water, cooking until meat is crumbled and no pink remains. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all remaining salad ingredients. Add cooked ground beef; mix well.
  3. To make the dressing, place all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Before serving, add dressing and toss to coat well.


  • A single serving of dressing in this recipe is equal to 1 Tablespoon. 
  • If you'd like, feel free to top your taco salad with a handful of plantain chips or whole-wheat tortilla chips. It'll add a nice crunch!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 211
  • Calories from Fat 111
  • Total Fat 12g 19 %
  • Saturated Fat 2.6g 13 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 14g 29 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 35mg 12 %
  • Sodium 380mg 16 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 11g 4 %
  • Dietary Fiber 4.8g 19 %
  • Sugars 4.1g 0 %

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Mmm, taco salad is one of my faves. I love all the fresh ingredients in this one!


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