Taco Salad with taco seasoned ground beef with all all your favorite mix-ins served with a homemade creamy cilantro dressing.
This recipe first appeared on the blog in 2013. This post has been updated with new photos and content!
Taco salads are often served with tortilla chips or in a fried tortilla shell. This recipe is a lighter version making it a favorite for low carb followers.
This taco salad is hearty and satisfying, just the meal for salad lovers! I don’t know about you, but one way I ensure getting lots of greens in my diet is by eating salads.
In fact, every day I eat a side salad packed with a mix of lettuce, some raw veggies like broccoli with a protein like grilled chicken. Nine times out of ten the salad is a complete meal like this taco salad leaving me satisfied.
I’m really lucky to live in an area that offers three different days during the week where I can shop at our Farmer’s Market.
Best Type of Lettuce For This Taco Salad Recipe
I load up on organic greens, then wash and cut up everything, so when I make salads it is just as quick and convenient as buying pre-packaged lettuce.
My favorite type is romaine mixed with baby spinach, but when I make taco salads, I include iceberg.
Fresh leafy greens are super low in calories and high in fiber, but the health benefits are often negated by the high calorie dressing we often bathe salads in.
What Dressing To Use For Taco Salad?
What’s your favorite taco salad dressing? Ranch, Catalina, Thousand Island, sour cream and salsa?
All of the above are dressings that pair well with ground beef seasoned with this homemade taco seasoning mix.
If you like a sweet flavor then go with the Catalina. The Thousand Island dressing is mild tasting.
Each variety will taste a little different, so you’ll never be bored with this dish.
However, homemade dressings are the best and if you want to try something new then whip up this fresh creamy cilantro dressing!
The whole batch mixes up to make about cup of dressing and is about 300 calories. The dressing will be enough for 4-6 salads.
If you use it sparingly, which I doubt you will because it’s so tasty, store it in an air tight container in your refrigerator. It’ll keep fresh for about a week.
Taco Salad Topping Ideas
Some basic ingredients for taco salad are lettuce, protein of your choice, cheese, tomatoes, and a dressing or fresh salsa. Some people like to add tortilla chips as well, but if you want to stay low carb, then skip the chips.
First start with fresh green salad, then add any of your favorite Mexican-type of flavor add-in.
It all goes when making a taco salad and if you like to try different combination of flavors you might enjoy the following:
- Ground turkey or chicken
- Shredded beef or chicken
- Beans (black or pinto)
- Chopped onion (red or yellow)
- Chunky avocado dip
- Sour Cream
- Mexican cheese like Cotija
- Tortilla chips
- Tortilla taco shells
There is no wrong way to make this salad! Once you have the basic ingredients, then mix in whatever tickles your tastebuds! Enjoy!
More Tex-Mex Recipes From The Foodie Affair
- Mexican Beef Cabbage Soup – Low Carb flavorful soup for anytime of year.
- Mexican Style Corn On The Cob – This is practically a meal in itself! Super flavorful with Cotija cheese!
- Nana’s Pozole Mexican Soup – One of the most popular recipes on Pinterest. Don’t miss making this delicious family recipe.
- for dressing:
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves
- 3 Tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds) toasted
- 6 ounce 0% fat Greek Yogurt
- Juice of two limes
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 - 1 jalapeño (add to taste), seeds add more heat, so adjust to your preference.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 pound ground meat (turkey, beef or chicken), browned with taco seasoning
- 1 pint tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup mixed greens
- 2-3 scallions, sliced
- 3/4 cup cheddar/monterey jack mixed cheese, shredded
- sliced olives
- Tortilla chips (optional)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 730mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 32g
Dressing recipe adapted from here.