July 17, 2017

It’s that time of year where summer barbecues are going strong! Every time I bring this salad to a get-together, it’s devoured in minutes and undoubtedly someone asks for the recipe. It’s hearty, crunchy, and packed with fresh flavor.

This particular BOLD AND BRIGHT TACO SALAD has a really fun option that makes it appealing to kids as well as adults . . . crushed DORITOS! This is one of the only salads I can get my picky toddler to try. Of course, you can omit the Doritos if you want the healthiest version. CLICK HERE to Download recipe card.


1 bunch green leafy lettuce
¼ cup cilantro
½ cup-1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced bell peppers –red/yellow/orange
1 avocado
½ can black beans
½ can kidney beans
½ can corn
Zesty Italian Dressing
Doritos (optional)
Ground-beef with taco seasonings (optional)

Bold & Bright Taco Salad

If you’d like to make the meat version, brown the hamburger/turkey burger and add taco seasoning. Set aside in the fridge to cool while you make the rest of the salad.

VEGGIES: Chop up the leafy green lettuce. I’m a big fan of chopping it into smaller pieces so you’re not trying to maneuver a huge piece of lettuce onto your fork. Add the cilantro—mmmm smell the freshness! Next, dice the bell peppers. I usually put two or three different colors in for variety of both color and taste. This is one of the key ingredients that make this salad look SO yummy! Chop the tomatoes into bite-size pieces. I change up the type of tomatoes depending on the season, but cherry tomatoes are a fun, colorful option.

***Insider Salad Tip: The secret to any good salad is to add a ton of STUFF! Think outside the normal lettuce/tomato/cucumber/dressing combo. Go for COLOR- use a variety of fresh veggies or fruit and don’t be afraid that they won’t work together- they will! Go for CRUNCH- add in slivers of purple cabbage, croutons, sesame seeds or cucumbers. Pair it with the right dressing and you’re set!


3 responses to “BOLD & BRIGHT TACO SALAD”

  1. Rita Bills says:

    Looks delicious!

  2. Cassidy Pratt says:

    Any chip substitutions you could give? Not a big fan of Doritos, but I love the idea of adding chips to give a crunch to your salad.

    • Emily Borja says:

      Cassidy, YES I have a great substitute. Costco has the best tortilla chips made with whole grains and flax seeds– and taste delicious! The brand is “Food Should Taste Good” It’s in a black and white bag and comes in a variety of flavors.

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