I don’t usually make salad for the fam. I think it’s because there’s an awful lot of work that goes into making it and usually it’s only KB and me that will eat it. I mean my kids will eat some of what goes into the salad…except the lettuce. So there’s that. BUT I will say that taco salad is usually a hit for dinner. Including the lettuce. I think it’s just because I told the kids it’s kind of like a crumbled up taco. And yes, I add the chips, cheese, salsa and dressing to my taco salad. What I really like about taco salad is that you can put whatever your heart desires in it. I even add macaroni noodles to mine. Whether or not the kids eat around some of the veggies, it doesn’t really matter because it’s a healthy and well-balanced meal.
Start by combining veggies in a large bowl: lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, bell peppers, avocados and black beans.
Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a medium frying pan over medium heat with a little olive oil.
Drain fat and add taco seasoning. You can make your own taco seasoning with 1 Tablespoon chili powder, 1 Tablespoon cumin and 1 teaspoon paprika.
Let meat cool to room temperature (or close to it). Add meat, cooked and cooled macaroni noodles and shredded cheese to the bowl with veggies.
Mix dressing in a small jar: olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cumin.
Add dressing to salad. Toss to combine well.
Serve with chips and salsa. Enjoy!
4 cups shredded lettuce
4 green onions, diced
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bell pepper (any color)
1 medium tomato, diced
1 medium avocado, diced
1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked and cooled
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
*serve with crumbled tortilla chips and salsa
In a large bowl, combine veggies: lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, bell peppers, green onions and black beans. Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan over medium heat, brown ground beef with a little olive oil. Drain fat and add taco seasoning. Let cool to room temperature or so. Add taco meat, cooked macaroni noodles and cheese. In a small mason jar, add dressing ingredients: olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin. Shake to mix well. Add dressing to salad and toss. Serve with salsa and chips.