Sarah’s Taco Salad Recipe

Guys, I’ve got a real treat for you today. My friend Sarah is a phenomenal cook. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and come up with new fun recipes, and over the years, she’s made me countless dinners and birthday treats.

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Me and Sarah at a Terps game

So when she told me she had a fun recipe that she thought you all might be interested in and asked if she could share it, I was all for it!

So Sarah, take it away!

So, just like 1/3 of Americans, I made a New Years Resolution to be healthier. It wasn’t a “work out more” or “diet more” resolution but a “healthier” resolution.

One way that I’m working on being healthier is by paying attention to what I eat and incorporating more main dish salads…but I can only eat so many Chicken Caesar Salads!

So in an effort to think creatively, be healthy, and enjoy my time in the kitchen and what I eat I devised Main Salad Mondays (MSM). One thing that I really crave in my salads is obviously, good flavor, but also a variety of texture so that the meal remains interesting.

The first official attempt at MSM is a common riff off a regular on our table – tacos.

taco salad

Here’s what I put in my Taco Salad:

2c Lettuce
1/2 c Ground Turkey taco meat
1 Tbsp Black Olives
2 Tbsp Corn Salad
1 Tbsp Guacamole
Large pinch Mexican Cheese Blend
2 Tbsp Salsa Ranch
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Guacamole :

guac
[Note from Jess: Sarah’s guac is the best. A bowl of this stuff doesn’t last long in front of me]

2 avocados, one mashed, one diced
1/2 red onion, small dice
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2c quartered cherry tomatoes
1/2 jalapeƱo, minced
1tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and let rest for at least an hour.
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Corn Salad:

corn salad

1/2 shallot, diced
1 bell pepper (red or green or orange), large dice
1 can of no salt added whole kernel corn OR 2 fresh ears of corn, cut off the cob
1/2tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
Pepper to taste

Saute the first three ingredients in a pan over medium high heat for about 5 minutes or until the corn is cooked through.

Stir in the seasonings and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Add to the salad warm, room temp, or cold. Also a great side dish!
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Salsa Ranch Dressing
Combine 1/2c Ranch with 1/2c fresh salsa or until its a consistency/flavor you like.

So Sarah, my question for you is where was my invite for dinner? (Sike, I actually think she did invite me over this Monday, but I already had something going on. Sad face.)

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