Easy Healthy Taco Salad If you never have, it is essentially like a giant Mexican taco in a giant bowl shape. No taco shell necessary! Unlike many restaurant varieties, healthy taco salad dressing is sugar-free and low calorie. Store-bought taco seasonings save lots of time and make the whole process much easier, but be sure to read labels for ingredients.
A traditional Mexican taco salad consists of mayonnaise, lettuce, and shredded cheddar cheese. While this is excellent, you can use other items that are just as good or even better. For instance, I love using fresh jalapenos for a healthy taco salad dressing. You can put them on top of your bowl or the side. I also often use chopped tomatoes or cucumber for a great fresh taste.
Ingredients To Add
As far as salad recipe ingredients go, you can add any of your favorites – spinach, artichoke, cherry or apricot radishes, shredded carrots, zucchini, cucumber even kale leaves. Nopal cactus can be substituted with chickpeas. Feel free to substitute frozen or canned peas. Tomatoes are also a great choice, and the juice from them is great for juicing. And don’t forget the leafy greens such as spinach and kale; you will need plenty.
For this healthy taco recipe, I like to use a large bowl so that the beef, tofu, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, etc., have enough room to mingle. Then I add some yogurt dressing, salsa, guacamole, and Cayenne pepper. I sprinkle black pepper and chives on top to give it a little spice and some nice color.
Fresh Chopped Veggies
Of course, the healthy taco salad recipe also needs to contain lots of fresh chopped veggies. To make the salsa, I use a blender, but you can also use a food processor if you prefer. One of the best ways to ensure you are getting the most nutrition when mixing your ingredients is to use a prepared salsa. In this case, I prefer to use Tomatoes, black beans, and spinach (although it is optional). Then I add the rest of the ingredients: salsa, guacamole, cheddar cheese, and sour cream.
For the toppings, I usually choose to go with items such as shredded lettuce (with or without spinach), tomatoes, artichoke hearts, sliced avocado, lime (or other) avocado, and shredded fresh cheddar cheese. I love adding avocados in particular because they have an amazing, almost sweet, flavor. Tomatoes are a great choice, too but make sure you mash them rather than slice them. Black beans also are very good here. As for the other ingredients, I prefer to use a light tomato-based salsa and nutritious avocados rather than heavy cream-based salsa.
As you can see, the options are pretty much unlimited when it comes to the toppings. As you learn how to assemble healthy tacos, you will find that it is very easy to do and that you can come up with all sorts of unique combinations. For example, you could use lettuce, avocado, and cheddar cheese on one side and romaine lettuce, mushrooms, and red bell pepper on the other. Another great thing about assembling salads is that you can serve them right off the grill. That’s why they make great lunch foods because they are so easy to prepare and easy to enjoy.
If you want to assemble a healthy version of this dish, all you need is a nice bowl of steamed vegetables (as much as you like), a piece of tortilla chips, some Tomatoes, Green beans, and Almonds. When you put all of these things together, make sure that you are using high-quality tomatoes and high-quality avocados. Also, be sure that you have cut up about a cup of tofu into small pieces. Now, you can add your lettuce, mushrooms, or any other ingredient that you would like. Then place everything into your steamer (or microwave), set it on low, and you are done! It’s a quick and simple dinner that you can enjoy that will provide you with lots of nutrition facts and plenty of dietary variety!