Creamy Cilantro Dressing Enhances Hearty Taco Salad: Substantial enough to be lunch or dinner without turning on the stove
Taco salad reminds me of two things: my mom and my college days in Boulder, Colorado. My mom made a mean taco salad with spicy ground beef, lots of tortilla chips, cheese and an interesting dressing that I think might've just been a mixture of sour cream and salsa. When I left for college, I continued the tradition, but made mine healthier and vegetarian, reflecting my interests and inclinations at the time. I think at some point there might have even been tempeh (boy, was tempeh ever in high rotation in my apartment in those days).
This recipe today is almost a grown-up version of my college taco salad. It has many of the same components, but here I've added some quinoa for extra protein and whipped up a super creamy cilantro dressing that's spiked with fresh lime juice and a little salt. It'd be dreamy used as a dip for fresh veggies (and I can vouch for it as a dip with leftover tortilla chips, too). It's good stuff.
If you happen to like leftovers or have a family of four, simply double this recipe. If you're planning for leftovers, wait to dress the remaining salad with dressing until you're ready to eat.
I think this is the perfect salad for this time of year: substantial enough to be lunch or dinner on its own if you'd like, but simple enough that you're not spending more than thirty minutes in the kitchen (and never turning on the stove). Win, win!
TACO SALAD WITH CREAMY CILANTRO DRESSING
To assemble salad, combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour desired amount of dressing over the salad and toss well. Serve immediately.
Note: The dressing recipe will yield about 3/4 cup, more than you'll need to dress the salad. Refrigerate in an airtight container to use for future salads (or it's great slathered on burgers or spooned onto omelettes).
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