Eating healthy food is important, but sometimes it gets boring eating salad day after day. Here’s a suggestion to spice up your salad, and the best thing about this recipe is that it’s still a healthy option. When I think of taco salad, healthy is the last word that comes to mind. I think of a greasy bowl filled with fatty meat and a little lettuce mixed in so restaurants can call it a “salad”. This option is loaded with wholesome ingredients, yet still feels indulgent. Give this healthy taco salad recipe a try and I know you’ll be hooked.
My family enjoys home gardening, so we grow most of the vegetables needed to make a great salad. The best thing about growing our own produce is that we know it’s pesticide-free. If you’ve ever been interested in growing your own healthy salad, we can show you how. If you want step-by-step instructions for starting a garden, you can read our recent article Gardening for Family Health.
I always feel like I’m cheating when I have this salad because I get to enjoy cheese, crunchy tortilla chips and the creamy taste of sour cream. I don’t use real sour cream, I substitute plain Greek yogurt for the same indulgent taste. Using Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream cuts calories and gives you an extra dose of protein. Topping the salad with fresh sliced avocado also keeps you feeling full longer. This healthy taco salad gives you a perfect balance of healthy and delicious. Follow the recipe below and I know you’ll be hooked!
- Lettuce (garden fresh or your favorite store bought variety)
- Tomatoes (chopped)
- Avacado (sliced)
- Red or Yellow Bell Pepper (chopped)
- Hot Peppers (finely chopped, if desired)
- 1-2 Tbsp. Fresh Salsa (or your favorite store bought salsa)
- Italian dressing (to taste)
- ½ Cup Canelli or Kidney Beans OR ½ Cup fully cooked Ground Chicken breast seasoned with taco seasoning (choose your protein here, or use both)
- 1-2 Tbsp Shredded Cheddar Cheese (2% Milkfat)
- 1-2 Tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt
- Sliced or Whole Black Olives (whichever you prefer)
- 5-6 Tortilla Chips or Doritos crumbled
- Add about 2 cups of lettuce to your bowl
- Top with tomatoes, peppers, avocado & Salsa
- Add Salad dressing
- Add ½ cup beans or cooked ground chicken breast
- Top with cheese, Greek Yogurt, tortilla chips and black olives
Tips: You can substitute different ingredients for variety. Try using a veggie burger or spicy black bean burger in place of the beans or ground chicken. You can also use left-over fajita meat and veggies to top the salad. Make it your own, and I promise you’ll be addicted like I am.
Be sure to use garden fresh veggies in your salad, if you have them available of course!
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