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Paleo Salsa Ranch Taco Salad

Paleo Salsa Ranch Taco Salad

Now that it’s summertime and I am spending more time in the heat in the vineyard, I need meals that are easy and don’t eat up the kitchen. Therefore, salads are a must. I’m kind of a salad freak. I love the infinite variety of ingredients that can be combined! Lots of flavors, colors, and textures all in one bowl. Several months ago, as part of my Happiness Project, I challenged myself to eat a salad a day. I was definitely all the better for it not just nutrition-wise, but it really helped my creativity blossom. 

My mom and dad always worked hard to have home-cooked meals, and one of my favorites was taco salad. They would put all the ingredients in little bowls, typically iceberg lettuce, kidney beans, shredded cheddar, tomatoes, green onions, sour cream, and bottled ranch or Catalina dressing (you guys know I love my Catalina so much I came up with my own homemade version). On the stove would be a skillet of seasoned ground beef. Sometimes we would bake flour tortillas into a bowl shape using a mold that was one of those “as seen on tv” things so we could have a crispy bowl just like in the restaurants.

Now I don’t use the tortilla chips or crispy bowl that are usually in a taco salad. A crunchy ingredient replacement is a must! This time I used jicama. Actually, while I was camping I was using jicama sticks as a dipper in my Salsa Ranch and man that was an amazing snack.



Salsa Ranch Taco Salad
Serves 4
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477 calories
19 g
76 g
35 g
24 g
11 g
391 g
486 g
6 g
1 g
22 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 477
Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 76mg
Sodium 486mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Salsa Ranch
  1. 1/4 cup mayonnaise (homemade or other Paleo mayo)
  2. 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  3. 1/4 cup salsa, any you prefer
  4. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  6. 1/2 tsp unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  7. 1/4 tsp dried dill
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  9. Zest of 1 lime
  10. 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  11. 1 tbsp minced fresh chives
  12. 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
For the salad
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  3. 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  4. 1/2 tbsp ground coriander
  5. 1 tsp onion powder
  6. 1 tsp garlic powder
  7. 4 tbsp salsa
  8. 8 cups spring mix
  9. 1 cup diced jicama
  10. 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  11. 1 large avocado, diced
  12. 1/2 cup diced red onion
  13. Salsa ranch (link below)
  14. Salsa, for serving
  15. Cilantro, for garnish
  1. 1. Prepare Salsa Ranch Dressing: In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise and coconut milk until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
  2. 2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, crumble ground beef and cook until about three-quarters of the way done. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook all the way through. Stir in salsa.
  3. 3. Divide spring mix on 4 serving plates. Evenly divide jicama, tomatoes, and onion around the sides of the plate. Place ground beef in the middle. Drizzle each serving with as much dressing as you like. Sprinkle with cilantro, add a dollop of salsa, and serve.
Chow Bella Paleo


2 thoughts on “Paleo Salsa Ranch Taco Salad”

  • We still do the Taco Salad as you remember, but we have lightened it up a bit with chicken and have cut out the tortilla bowl and just do a few blue corn taco chips for the crunch. This is a very versatile salad to fit your family taste, but with all the healthy ingredients you cannot go wrong. We are also using the fat free dressings instead of the fuller fat version. This option you have offered it wonderful, and will be on the menu now . Thanks so much for your inspiration!

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