Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Taco Salad

Taco Salad
Again in an effort to eat more salads, I needed a bit more incentive than just lettuce and salad dressing.  This recipe adds some heat and spice to a regular salad.  I tried cooking the corn and kidney beans with the meat and it ended up a bit watery, not recommended.
Ingredients:
1 pound ground chuck
1 packet taco seasoning
2 scallions , including the greens, chopped thin
1 cup canned corn , drained
1 cup cilantro , coarsely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) black beans , rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese , grated
1/2 cup Monterrey Jack cheese , grated
1 ripe avocado , sliced thin
1 head lettuce (or equivalent amount of mixed greens, such as arugula or baby romaine)

Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt and some cracked black pepper

Directions:
Heat a fry pan on medium-high heat until hot.
Pour the oil in and coat the bottom of the pan.
Add the meat, breaking it up and letting it brown.
When the meat starts to sizzle, add the packet of taco seasoning mix and 1 cup of water.
Cook according to package directions. When done, drain the fat and set the meat aside to cool to room temperature.

Vinaigrette:
Place all the ingredients in a glass bowl and whisk, cover and set aside.
Can be made 3 days ahead and kept for a week in the refrigerator.

Chop the lettuce into small chunks and add to a large salad bowl. Add the scallions, corn, carrot, cilantro, black beans and cheese. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and vinaigrette dressing, mixing well.

Add the avocado and toss gently. Serve with your favorite salsa, extra lime wedges, a dollop of guacamole and some crushed tortilla chips!

Stay hungry my friend!