Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Favorite Taco Salad

I get so tired of just the same old salads: lettuces and veggies with beans or egg for protein.  The only variation is usually what dressing to use. Blah, blah, blah...It's no wonder salads aren't thought of as exciting or sexy foods. This week, I decided to make a taco salad (the vegetarian way) while my kiddos had tacos. I had it two times this week, and I must say that while the grilled corn is a really tasty treat in this concoction, Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn would also work well. It is filling and I don't feel deprived of that Mexican/taco flavor one bit. Best of all, it's quick, easy, and pretty healthy.

Favorite Taco Salad

mixed greens, chopped ( I used romaine, spinach, and iceberg because I'm a sucker for the crunch!)
a little diced red onion
1 chopped roma tomato
some chopped, fresh cilantro (mom, you can leave this out :)
Mix all this together in a single serving salad bowl. I use a shallow pasta bowl

1/3-1/2 c roasted corn ( I used leftovers from the weekend's grill night. Yummy!  Never underestimate the power of good grilled corn) The corn can be added warm or cold.

Sprinkle with 1-2 Tbsp. of low fat cheddar cheese if you choose (I did this the first time I made it, but not the second time. It was good either way. If I could eat nutritional yeast, I would have added a little of that)

1/2 c warmed vegetarian chili -Pour this over the top.

Break up a  few tortilla chips of your choice (baked, homemade, Tostitos, etc.) and sprinkle them on top. Sometimes halfway through eating it, I add a few more. I like the crunchiness.

Top with 1 Tbsp. lite sour cream.

Soooooo good! 4 spoons for this one.  I am also compiling a list of other salads to try.

 What's your favorite salad?


Uncle B said...

I just had a great 'salad' last night. I made curried tuna patties and ate one atop a cabbage and carrot salad with 'natilla' or sour cream as the only dressing. Simple and delicious! The patties are easy and killer too, and you can freeze them, so your one time investment pays off three or four-fold!

Shannon said...

If I ate Tuna, that would be good, I think.Thanks for sharing.