Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Healthy Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing



I'm at it again...recreating recipes from Yummy Mummy that is!  This time it's the super tasty, yet healthy, taco salad.  It's so good, that we've already made it several times.  I just can't get enough!

In our version, we actually used grilled chicken, but you can easily omit this or use tempeh, like Marina did in her salad.

Half of why I have such an obsession with this salad is because of the cilantro lime dressing that we made to dress it.  It is SOOO good.  Like amazing good.  And healthy too.  Win-win for sure!  I'm thinking we can use it again...like as a dip or on a pizza.  Yum!


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 ears corn, kernels cut off 
8 oz. grilled chicken
1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon taco seasoning 
8 oz. romaine lettuce salad 
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 
1/4 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese 
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime, sliced for garnish (optional)
1 bag tortilla chips 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add corn kernels and grilled chicken, and saute another 2 minutes, or until corn is tender. Add beans, taco seasoning and 1 tablespoon water and saute another minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly or until room temperature.

Place lettuce in a large serving bowl. Pile chicken mixture on top. Arrange avocado, tomatoes, cheese, and cilantro on top of tempeh mixture. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with chips and dressing.


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chobani 0% plain yogurt
1 tbsp lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tsp sea salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
Continue to add olive oil 1 tbsp at a time as necessary to create a smooth finish.


My mouth is already watering thinking about this salad.  I think it's time to make it again!

xo natasha

19 comments:

  1. Yummm looks delish!! Having the apple & gorgonzola salad that you posted for lunch today. Can't get enough of it!

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  2. I love the idea of making that dressing! I dig salads and this one looks divine!

    -Nico

    www.SatinAndSalt.com

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  3. This looks delish!! Now I know what is on the menu for lunch today!!

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  4. That dressing would be yummy on so many things!! Thinking I'll switch it up and add it to our fish tacos tonight! :) Thanks for sharing!
    {Southern Living, Our Way ~ www.alexaandglenn.blogspot.com}

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  5. This looks SO yummy! I love the chips you used too.
    And, hey, we have the same dinnerware, I just love mine :)

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  6. This looks DELISH! Will need to put on my to-do list. XO

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  7. Oh Yum, and that dressing sounds to die for! I think you're right, it sounds like it would be good on lots of stuff!

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  8. I have never met a taco salad I didn't love. This looks fantastic. Can always count on you.

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  9. this looks so yummy I think I just drooled!

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  10. Another recipe I pinned and have yet to make. We are such twinses with food. I would prob add chicken as well. That dressing is calling my name!

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  11. This looks so so good Natasha! Love it as a healthy option!

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  12. This looks so yummy! I can't wait to try it.

    Kari
    http://ryanandkari.com

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  13. LOVE this. Totally something I can do. One of my favorite dinners ever!

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  14. This looks so good. Marina has the best recipes. Love how healthy it is.

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  15. My mouth is watering now! Looks so yummy. Love that it is healthy, too.

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  16. now this is right up my ally :) I love me some mexican food :)

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