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Taco Salad with a Honey Lime Dressing

taco salad recipeWhen the weather warms up all I want to eat are light dinners. I really don’t want to heat up my kitchen and I do not want to have a heavy stomach. This salad is exactly what I want. It is fresh tasting, crispy, filling, and has that sweet-salty thing going on that I love. I also never, ever, tire of Mexican food. I could eat it every day and be a very happy girl. While this is “Mexican inspired” why not give it a try for your Cinco de Mayo party?

This salad is more of a blueprint than an actual recipe. Use what you have, change up the ingredients. Don’t like something? Don’t use it. Have another great idea? Try it out. I also have to mention that I love to use herbs as a salad green. In this recipe, I use cilantro in the same way that I would use lettuce. I washed it, ripped it up and tossed it in the bowl. I happened to have my husband throw the corn on the grill while he was cooking the chicken but thawed frozen corn would be great also. Have leftover steak? Throw that in there instead. But the thing that really makes this salad is the tortilla chip “croutons”. Add them right before you are ready to serve and it adds a nice salty crunch to your salad.

honey lime dressing

For the Honey Lime Dressing:

1/4 cup honey
juice of 3 limes
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

honey lime dresingPut everything except for the olive oil in a bowl and whisk until combined.

honey lime dressingWhile whisking, slowly pour in the olive oil. Whisk until smooth. Taste it. Does it taste balanced? It may need more acid, so add more lime juice or vinegar. Not sweet enough? Add a bit more honey. Maybe more salt and pepper. I use this recipes as a starting off point, as I do with all dressing recipes, you need to make it to your taste. Set aside. If it breaks before you are ready to serve, just whisk it back together.

taco salad recipe

taco salad recipe

For the salad:

1 head of Romaine shredded
3 green onions, sliced
1 red pepper, diced
half of a red onion, sliced thin
2 ears grilled corn (or a bag of thawed frozen corn)
half of a bunch of cilantro
grilled chicken (just seasoned with salt and pepper, and little cumin. If I had time I would have marinated it in some of the dressing. I didn’t and it was still delicious, but it would have been really good marinated.)
1/2 cup shredded cheese
tortilla chips, crushed
My favorite beans

taco salad recipe

Put everything except for the chips and beans in a large bowl.

taco salad recipeToss it. Add a little dressing. One of my biggest peeves is too much dressing. I like to add a little and add as I go instead of having an overdressed soupy salad. Add the chips. Add the beans on top. Garnish with some sliced limes. Dinner is served.

taco salad recipeEveryone in my house ate this dinner. It was a miracle. The kids liked to dip their chicken in sour cream and used extra chips for scooping. Whatever works right? They ate salad. I wanted to weep at the table. It would also be a really good wrap filling.

taco salad recipeIf you should happen to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year or are just in the mood for a great dinner salad, make this and share it with someone you love. It is delish.

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  1. Sara

    May 4th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Yum, love the salad & the honey lime dressing!!!

  2. Brenda Bisharat

    May 4th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    As usual, you have made me hungry and it is only 10:15 AM….Can’t wait to try this one…..maybe tomorrow as you mentioned for Cinco de Mayo……YEA!

  3. Memoria

    May 4th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I want the corn. the beef. the beans. the lettuce. everything! hahaha Lovely salad, Bree.

  4. Denise

    May 4th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I am always looking for new salad ideas. Like you we can eat Mexican food every night….bean and cheese burritos are my favorite. I will be making this salad one night this week for sure, only a vegetarian version. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for sharing! Denise@cottagesisters

  5. bakedbree

    May 4th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    this one was so good I wanted to eat it again tonight, but was out of most of the ingredients. We went out for Mexican and I came home still wanting the salad.

  6. Deanna

    May 4th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Taco salad is always a big hit at my house. After those pancakes, I need something light.

  7. Maria

    May 5th, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Perfect salad for Cinco de Mayo!

  8. Casey Oliver

    May 5th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hi, Bree! I love your blog!!! It is so fun to read. I just thought I’d share that we have Taco Salad as part of our weekly menu, and you gave me some great ideas for new things to add to it. Thank you! We use the Trader Joe’s Veggie and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips for our “croutons,” and we slice up quesedillas (sp?) made with the Trader Joe’s whole wheat tortillas as a side.

    Peace and blessings, Casey πŸ™‚

  9. bakedbree

    May 5th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    thanks Casey! The quesadiila idea is a good one. I bet I could sneak in even more veggies that way.

  10. Deann

    May 5th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Made this tonight. Um, YUM!! Didn’t realize I was out of tomatoes though. Still delicious. My kids loved it too. The 7 year old was jumping around with excitement when she saw what was for dinner, told me she LOVES when we get to eat the salads with lots of stuff in them. πŸ™‚

  11. bakedbree

    May 5th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    that makes me so happy to hear! I am jealous of your salad lover.

  12. spice and more

    May 5th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious. My kids would love it too so I will have to give it a try -t hanks.

  13. bakedbree

    May 5th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I seriously have been craving this all week after I made it. It was so good. I rarely am scraping the bottom of a salad bowl, but I did.

  14. TomPier

    May 6th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    great post as usual!

  15. Michelle

    May 6th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I love your blog! You have such great recipes and the pictures are fantastic πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to add this to my list of menu ideas. It looks delicious and we always tend to do some sort of Mexican with left over steak or chicken from earlier in the week!

  16. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    thank you so much! I am glad that you like it.

  17. Christie

    May 15th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    We’re not normally salad-as-a-meal types, but this was tasty and filling. Thanks!

  18. bakedbree

    May 20th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    glad that you liked it!

  19. Michelle

    September 20th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    How long do you think the dressing would last? I’m thinking about doubling it and then keeping the other half in the fridge for the following week.

  20. bakedbree

    September 20th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I definitely think that it would last a week. πŸ™‚

  21. Jewel at EatDrinkShopLove

    April 19th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This salad looks great and I love homemade dressing!

  22. bakedbree

    April 19th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    thank you Jewel!

  23. TRW

    May 22nd, 2011 at 5:56 pm


  24. Karen Hess

    May 2nd, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Sometimes I add hominy instead of corn. I rinse it well in the colander.

  25. Jen

    May 15th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Wow! Never have made a comment on a personal blog before but I had too! I made taco salad and realized the Catalina dressing in the fridge expired in 2009! GROSS… after assuring my husband that it was inedible, I researched to find a quick homemade dressing and found your blog. My kids gobbled it up and my teenagers kept RAVING about the dressing. My 10 year old, who usually picks all things healthy out of a salad ate it all up. Thanks!

  26. bakedbree

    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    That is gross! I am glad that I could help! I never, ever buy dressing it is too easy to make at home and tastes better.

  27. asha

    May 27th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I have tried the salad dressing once before on my taco salad recipe. It was a hit! The family is asking for more! I had to grab the recipe again, because it was so good. Thank you for sharing!

  28. bakedbree

    May 27th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I am so glad! I love this salad and make it all the time!

  29. Liz

    June 10th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Super super tasty!!! Thanks for posting this recipe! We enjoyed it very much!

  30. bakedbree

    June 10th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    You are welcome! I love this salad too.

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