Taco Salad with Light Dressing

Taco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipe

Healthy Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing loaded with fresh veggies, greens, and protein is healthy and very satisfying. The simple herb, olive oil, and garlic dressing adds incredible flavor to it.

Taco Salad Recipe

It’s a basic Taco Salad recipe. Simple ingredients easily tossed together to make a quick and delicious weeknight lunch or dinner. And what I like the most in it – is that you can add as little or as much to that as you want.

The salad is filled with all your favourite taco toppings – fresh lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, kidney beans, creamy avocado, and pork for protein. I used leftover lean pulled pork in this salad recipe but you can swap it for beef, chicken, or leftover turkey – everything will go well.

This Taco Salad is fresh, healthy, has a great source of protein, carbs, fats, and fiber so it can be considered a nutritious meal.Taco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipe

Healthy Salad Dressing

I like simple homemade salad dressing made with olive oil, herbs, garlic powder, Dijon mustard, and a touch of honey and vinegar (or lemon juice) – all that gives it an amazing fresh flavor. This dressing pairs beautifully with Taco Salad and adds fragrant taste without tons of extra calories.

To make ahead, whisk dressing ingredients in a mason jar so you can shake it well just before serving in case it separates. Keep the dressing for days in the fridge and use it in other salad recipes as it has a simple, clean flavor that is so good in vegetable salads.

Taco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipe

Serving: Prep time:  Cook Time: Total Time:
for 4 people 15 min 0 min 15 min

Ingredients for Taco Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped (230 g)
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) frozen corn, defrosted
  • 1/2 large tomatoes, diced (120 g)
  • 1/2 large bell pepper, diced (100 g)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (70 g)
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 1 cup (100 g) lean pulled porkTaco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipe

For Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) olive oil
  • 1 tsp. (7 g) honey
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 g) Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs. white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano and basil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powderTaco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipe

How to Make Taco Salad

  1. Place the chopped lettuce in a large bowl. Top with the kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, and pulled pork. Set aside.
  2. Make the salad dressing: into a mason jar add all dressing ingredients. Cover with the lid and shake to blend.
  3. Drizzle about 5-6 Tbsp. (50 g) of dressing over the top of the salad and gently toss.
  4. Enjoy!Taco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipeTaco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipe

How Many Calories in Taco Salad and Dressing

Calories (1 serve, 200 g): 200 cal Calories (12 g, Dressing only ): 76 cal
Fat: 13.4 g Fat: 7.7 g
Carbohydrates: 12.5 g Carbohydrates: 1.0 g
Protein: 7.6 g Protein: 0.05 g
Taco Salad - quick and delicious weeknight healthy salad recipe

Taco Salad with Light Dressing

Healthy Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing loaded with fresh veggies, greens, and protein is healthy and very satisfying. The simple herb, olive oil, and garlic dressing adds incredible flavor to it.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Servings 4 people
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped (230 g)
  • 1/2 cup 90 g canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup 40 g frozen corn, defrosted
  • 1/2 large tomatoes diced (120 g)
  • 1/2 large bell pepper diced (100 g)
  • 1/2 avocado diced (70 g)
  • 1 lime quartered
  • 1 cup 100 g lean pulled pork
  • For Salad Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup 100 g olive oil
  • 1 tsp. 7 g honey
  • 1 Tbsp. 15 g Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs. white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano and basil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Place the chopped lettuce in a large bowl. Top with the kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, and pulled pork. Set aside.
  • Make the salad dressing: into a mason jar add all dressing ingredients. Cover with the lid and shake to blend.
  • Drizzle about 5-6 Tbsp. (50 g) of dressing over the top of the salad and gently toss.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

How Many Calories in Taco Salad and Dressing
Calories (1 serve, 200 g): 200 cal Calories (12 g, Dressing only ): 76 cal
Fat: 13.4 g Fat: 7.7 g
Carbohydrates: 12.5 g Carbohydrates: 1.0 g
Protein: 7.6 g Protein: 0.05 g

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