Taco Salad

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  • This Taco Salad is loaded with fresh lettuce, juicy chicken, tomatoes, fresh shredded cheese, red peppers and optional cilantro and red onion for a light but flavorful effortless lunch or easy weeknight dinner. 

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    As summer approaches, I’ve been looking for ways to simplify our meals to make dinner at home feel less like a chore and more appealing.

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    I’ve been making baked chicken breast and using it throughout the week to create several meals including this easy Taco Salad! One reader, Linda,  said “Hi Julie! I wanted to thank you for this super simple, great recipe. I make chicken all the time in a million different ways, with various results. I was very skeptical that this higher heat and less cooking time would work, but last night with a few chicken breasts ready to cook I decided to follow this recipe, including the 10 minutes rest (which we never do). It was fantastic! My husband and 3 teenagers all commented on how delicious and tender it was and they gobbled it all up. Thank you again!” I know you’ll love it, too!

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    You can make both, including the shells in less than 30 minutes from start to finish with just 15 minutes hands on time, or just 10 minutes if you precooked the chicken, including the Taco Salad Bowl!

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    Learn how to make a homemade Taco Salad Bowl here or you can prepare and bake these.

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    As with many of my summer recipes, this is just as light as it is easy to make.

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    What do you put in taco salad?

    I fill it with juicy chicken and freshly shredded monterey jack cheese for protein and lots of fresh vegetables this Taco Salad is filling, but light in calories. You can add beans, corn, jalapeños, salsa, pico de gallo, avocado, a dollop of sour cream or your favorite Mexican salad dressing as well.

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    What goes with taco salad?

    If you serve it as an entree, include all of the food groups and it’s best served on it’s own. If serving as a salad or side dish, I like to serve it with chicken or tacos. It’s also perfect for a spread on Cinco de Mayo

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    How to layer a taco salad:

    Start with a bed of lettuce and fresh vegetables. top with cheese, sour cream, salsa or salad dressing like this incredible ranch dressing and your choice of protein.

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    The Best Taco Salad Recipe:

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    5 from 1 vote
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    Taco Salad

    This Taco Salad is loaded with fresh lettuce, juicy chicken, tomatoes, fresh shredded cheese, red peppers and optional cilantro and red onion for a light but flavorful effortless lunch or easy weeknight dinner. 
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Mexican
    Keyword cinco de mayo, easy dinner, easy lunch, fiesta, summer
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 430 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 4 taco bowls prepared
    • 2 chicken breasts
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil or squeeze of a lime
    • 2 Tbsp fajita seasoning
    • 4 c lettuce chopped
    • 1 c tomato chopped
    • 1/2 c red pepper chopped
    • 1 c monterey jack shredded
    • 1/2 c red onion chopped
    • 1/4 c cilantro chopped {optional}
    • 1/2 c sour cream {optional}

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Lightly coat chicken in olive oil or lime juice, sprinkle both sides with fajita seasoning. 
    3. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes {it will continue cooking}. Slice.
    4. Fill taco salad bowls with toppings and chicken.
    5. Toss to serve.

    Recipe Notes

    Additional optional ingredients include: avocado, cilantro, beans, corn, pico de gallo, salsa, or salad dressing

    Learn how to make taco bowls with flour or corn tortillas here.

    Nutrition Facts
    Taco Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 430 Calories from Fat 171
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 19g29%
    Saturated Fat 9g45%
    Cholesterol 112mg37%
    Sodium 524mg22%
    Potassium 878mg25%
    Carbohydrates 28g9%
    Fiber 5g20%
    Sugar 6g7%
    Protein 35g70%
    Vitamin A 1880IU38%
    Vitamin C 34.2mg41%
    Calcium 419mg42%
    Iron 4.9mg27%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Don’t forget, if you try this easy recipe, please come back to let me know what you think using my 5 star rating system, I always appreciate it and know readers do, too!

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