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Crunchy Taco Salad Recipe

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Course: Main Course
Total Time: Under 30 Minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Moderate
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Crunchy Taco Salad

Photo by: ericswanson.com

This big meal salad is loaded with beans, chilies, tomatoes, cheese, and tortilla chips and tossed with a creamy, spicy guacamole dressing. With all these flavors and textures, this salad is sure to satisfy your taste buds. In the Southwest, Mexican food is the most popular cuisine. A bag of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa are basic staples found in everyone’s refrigerators and cupboards.

Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 4 cups), or lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 can (15 ounces or 450 g) kidney, pinto, or black beans, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces or 250 g) whole corn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½-1 cup (125-250 g) Spicy Guacamole Dressing (see below)
  • ½ cup (60 g) feta cheese, crumbled, or cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (125 g) corn tortilla chips, crumbled

Spicy guacamole dressing (makes 1 cup::250 g):

  • ½ cup (250 ml) water
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ medium onion, peeled
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled, stone removed, and quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 fresh serrano green chili pepper
  • 1 generous handful fresh cilantro leaves (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Mix, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, beans, corn and chili powder in a salad bowl. Toss salad with guacamole dressing; let salad sit 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and tortilla chips and serve. Pass extra dressing.

For the dressing:

In an electric blender or food processor, blend water, lemon juice, onion, avocado, garlic, chili, cilantro leaves, oil, and salt until smooth and creamy. Add more water if too thick.

Notes

Mind Refresher: Stand straight, breathe normally, and watch the breath as you toss the salad.


© 2008 Sharon Louise Crayton
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

589kcal (29%)
1007mg (42%)
84g
22g
23g (35%)
0g
5g (24%)
12g
5g
13mg (4%)
15g
21g
185mg
1498mg
86mcg RAE (3%)
143mg (239%)
233mg (23%)
5mg (27%)
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