Sub out Taco Tuesday with Taco Salad Tuesday. This salad has everything you love about tacos, and also has super-healthy kale.
Yesterday, we showed you how to take fibrous kale and make it tender for using in salads. Now we’re putting that skill to use for this Kale Taco Salad.
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What Goes In A Taco Salad?
A taco salad takes all your favorite Tex-Mex taco ingredients, but instead of putting them in a tortilla, they get served over greens.
The salad has our favorite taco salad toppings: black beans, green onions, tomatoes, tortilla chips, bell peppers, and Cheddar cheese. That all goes on top of kale greens that have been massaged to delicious tenderness and then tossed with a really amazing dressing.
Making Chipotle Avocado Dressing
Ohhhhh this dressing! It’s so creamy smooth and delicious. It’s made in a blender. What you do is scoop in some Greek yogurt and add a whole avocado in there.
Then you add lime juice and some of the liquid from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Have you tried this stuff? It’s spicy and smoky and adds a ton of killer flavor. Then there’s some chili powder and salt. Whiz that up and mix it with your kale leaves. Pile on your toppings and dig in! Yum!
More Great Taco Variations
If you love tacos in any form like me, I have more amazing recipes for you to try.
- Taco Lettuce Wraps – this recipe wraps seasoned ground turkey in lettuce instead of a taco shell
- Taco Pasta Recipe – a one-pot meal that combines the best of tacos and pasta together
- Lentil Tacos – these tacos are delicious and perfect for a meatless meal
Enjoy! – Christine
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 8 oz. chopped kale
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 (15 oz.) can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 bell peppers, sliced
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup tortilla strips
- In a blender or food processor puree Greek yogurt, avocado, lime juice, adobo sauce, chili powder and ½ teaspoon of salt until smooth.
- Put kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Massage oil into leaves. Let rest 5 minutes. Add dressing and massage again. Add a pinch of salt. Stir.
- Divide kale among 4 dinner plates. Top each serving with one quarter of the cheddar cheese, black beans, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, green onions, and taco strips.
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This post originally appeared in December 2016 and was revised and republished in January 2023.