Taco Salad

With the warm weather hitting Prince George, I’ve been finding it hard to motivate myself to cook. That’s why I love making fresh salads; they require minimal to no cooking and they are light yet satisfying on hot summer days. The only issue I run into is when I’m trying to cook for myself and my man who usually doesn’t think a salad will suffice for dinner. That’s why he was pleasantly suprised when I whipped up a taco salad for dinner last night. This taco salad has enough vegetables to account for 3 servings of vegetables but also enough protein to make it filling enough even for a hungry man’s appetitie.

I do have to admit that I didn’t measure anything when making this salad and really you can use the ingredients as a base and use more or less of your favourite toppings.

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Ingredients:

Salad:
Organic Spring Mix
Avocado
Heirloom Tomatoes, chopped
Orange bell pepper, chopped
Frozen corn, blanched
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Tortilla chips, broken into small pieces
Aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Dressing:
Salsa (your favourite)
Plain Greek yogurt
Lime juice
Chilli powder

Beef and Black Bean topping:
Jalapeno pepper, chopped
Extra lean ground beef
Black beans,
Chilli powder
Curry powder
Vegeta, a Serbian vegetable seasoning salt, or you can just use seasoning salt
Cayanne
Tomato paste
Water
Olive OIl

Method:
1. Heat oil in pan, cook beef seasoning with as much or as little of the spices as you wish, add a bit of water to make the beef juicey, toss in jalapeno pepper, tomato paste and the black beans
2. Mix lime juice and chilli powder into the yogurt
3. Layer all of the salad ingredients: lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, avocado, corn, beef and bean mixture, salsa, yogurt dressing. Top with cilantro and tortilla chips.

Enjoy!

Here is an estimate of the nutritional breakdown. Again it’s only an estimate because I didn’t measure the ingredients while I was making it…

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Calories (kcal)

526.5

Fat (g)

26.9

Saturated Fat (g)

7.1

Trans Fat (g)

0.4

Cholesterol (mg)

89.3

Sodium (mg)

537.4

Potassium (mg)

1732.6

Carbohydrate (g)

29.8

Fibre (g)

12.7

Sugar (g)

7.0

Protein (g)

44.6

Vitamin A (RAE)

309.1

Vitamin C (mg)

39.9

Calcium (mg)

144.5

Iron (mg)

6.0

Vitamin D (μg)

0.2

Vitamin E (mg)

4.4

Thiamin (mg)

0.4

Riboflavin (mg)

0.7

Niacin (NE)

19.4

Folate (DFE)

234.2

Vitamin B6 (mg)

0.9

Vitamin B12 (μg)

3.3

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