Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easy Taco Salad

I make this for dinner a lot- quite a lot, actually. My husband and I love eating a giant salad for dinner and this one is chocked full of healthy, tasty ingredients and is really easy to throw together.  I don't have a "recipe" - you literally just add what you like and what you happen to have in the 'fridge (aren't those the best kind of recipes anyway?).  I think the simple dressing is what makes this salad so yummy. Choose your favorite salsa to mix into the ranch; eat the left over salsa with chips as a side with the salad.

Take this list of ingredients as suggestions - if you don't like something, don't put it in! I guarantee it'll turn out yummy!!

Bottled Ranch dressing
Jarred salsa

Romaine lettuce, chopped (the two of us eat three heads)
Cherry tomatoes, sliced into quarters
Red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
Green onions, about three
Handful of cilantro, chopped
Black beans or garbanzo beans, about a can, rinsed and drained
Corn, I cut mine straight off the cob completely uncooked
Shredded cheddar cheese (pepper jack would be good, too)
Sprinkle of salt & pepper
Rotisserie chicken, shredded
Ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
Crushed tortilla chips

For the dressing:
Use equal parts ranch to salsa- I have never measured this. Basically, if you use 1/3 cup Ranch, add a 1/3 cup salsa and mix together. If your family wants more or less dressing, just adjust. 

Combine the lettuce and all the other ingredients you are using, minus the avocado, chicken and tortilla chips. Pour dressing over the top and toss well.  Serve salad onto plates. Top each serving with chicken, avocado and crushed tortilla chips. Serve with extra salsa and chips as a side. Enjoy!

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