Taco Salad

LAST UPDATED: Apr 22, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 22, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

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 to Put in Taco Salad

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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

  1. Make your taco bowl.
  2. Fill with a bed of lettuce and fresh vegetables.
  3. Top with cheese, sour cream, salsa or salad dressing like this incredible ranch dressing and your choice of protein.
taco salad recipe
best taco salad in bowl

Taco Salad

Julie Blanner
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. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 430 kcal

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

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

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

Calories:430kcalCarbohydrates:28gProtein:35gFat:19gSaturated Fat:9gCholesterol:112mgSodium:524mgPotassium:878mgFiber:5gSugar:6gVitamin A:1880IUVitamin C:34.2mgCalcium:419mgIron:4.9mg
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