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Latin American, Mexican, Southwestern, Tex-Mex
Crunchy Taco Salad Recipe-12209

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Comments: 1


North American, from the Southwest

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


  • 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


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.


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%)
23g (35%)
5g (24%)
13mg (4%)
86mcg RAE (3%)
143mg (239%)
233mg (23%)
5mg (27%)

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  • AbsolutGoddess

    09.07.10 Flag comment

    This salad was epic. I loved it. It's so hearty and filling. The cabbage has such great crunch, and I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed the cabbage. The dressing is creamy and delicious. It's amazing.


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