Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing are the perfect way to enjoy a taco and salad all in one. Loaded with all the fixings and topped with a delicious Creamy Avocado Dressing.

Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing are loaded with spicy ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, green chilis, cheese, avocado, tortilla chips and quinoa, all topped with a delicious Creamy Avocado Dressing. They are the perfect way to enjoy a taco and salad all in one!

Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing make a great weeknight meal for your whole family.

I love tacos, and further more I love having a Taco bar because that way your guest can customize how they like their tacos.  So why not add Taco Salad Bowls into the mix?

One of my favorite things to do is omit the actual taco salad shell and break up pieces of my favorite tortilla chips and mix it into my salad to get that salty crunch.

But nothing can beat this Creamy Avocado Dressing.

How do you make creamy avocado dressing?

This dressing can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator until ready to use.

In a blender or food processor combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup light mayonaisse
  • 1 cup water ( add this a little at a time to thin the dressing out to desired consistency)
  • Blend/process all ingredients together until smooth and creamy and set aside until ready to serve.

What goes in a Taco Salad?

  • You can put anything you want into a taco salad, even your tortilla chips.
  • Everything gets mixed up and the dressing is like the icing on the cake.  It brings all the flavors together into one big bowl of deliciousness.
  • I love using ground beef mixed with quiona or Fajita chicken, and then adding cheese, olives, black beans, avocados, hot sauce, tomatoes, and chips.

You really can’t go wrong when making Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing.

Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing are easily made with spicy ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, green chilis, cheese, avocado, tortilla chips and quinoa, all topped with a delicious Creamy Avocado Dressing. What a great weeknight meal for your whole family.

Have you ever mixed quinoa in with your ground beef? Most often rice or Spanish rice gets used when making tacos, burritos or enchiladas, but quinoa is a great substitute for rice.

It gives the texture of the meat a little more substance and if you are adding anything else to your meat it helps bind it all together.

Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing are a great Taco Bar idea! Put together all your favorite taco toppings like ground beef or chicken, quinoa, cheese, olives, black beans, avocados, hot sauce, tomatoes, and chips. Your family and guests will love it!

Taco Salad Bowls are a fun and family approved meal among my house and I know they will be in yours.

So turn your Taco Tuesday into a Taco Salad Bowl Tuesday and load up on all the good stuff that make our taco night worth every bite.

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Servings: 4 servings
Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
 
Author: Shannon Johanson
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco Salad Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Everything you love about eating a taco made into one delicious salad.
Ingredients
For the Salad:
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 pound ground beef cooked
  • 1 10 oz bag frozen microwavable quinoa cooked
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilis
  • 1 cup black beans drained
  • 1 cup sliced olives
  • 1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • tortilla chips
  • Hot sauce for garnish
For the Dressing:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 cup water added as needed to thin dressing
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet brown ground beef and season with taco seasoning.  Add in green chilis and quinoa, mix until combined and heated thourgh.  Set aside.
  2. Make the dressing, by adding all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blending until smooth.  Slowly adding water until you have reached your desired consistency.
  3. Place the beef mixture and the rest of the salad ingredients into a large bowl and mix.
  4. Add the salad dressing just before you are ready to serve and mix to combine.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and garnish with hot sauce (optional).
Nutrition Information
Calories: 619

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

 

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Shannon Johanson

Shannon is an Arizona transplant who traded the rain for a life in the sun. Her daughter is like having 5 kids in one so her "me" time is found outside running or in the kitchen cooking and creating recipes families will love. Shannon graduated with a Degree in Biology and went on to get her post-baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. She feels the way to make people smile and come together is through good food, so she tries to create meals that will not only be easy to make, but delicious to eat. Shannon's philosophy is, when all else fails, have a dream. So that is what she tries to do; dream, create, and bring her recipes to life from her kitchen to yours. Visit Shannon at The Food Cafe to learn more.

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