Mexican Chopped Salad aka Taco Salad

An easy to make Mexican Chopped Salad in a crispy tortilla bowl that’s delicious & healthy. Start with rotisserie chicken, add your favorite ingredients from south of the border, layer in your own tortilla bowl & top with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. Delicioso!

Mexican Chopped Salad 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Well, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and I know our house will be full of our favorite Mexican dishes. So I started thinking ahead and thought this Mexican Chopped Salad might be a good recipe to post today as it’s the perfect way to use some of your Mexican ingredient leftovers the rest of the week. Of course, this taco-style salad is so delicious you’ll want to make it again and again even if it’s not Cinco de Mayo.

Mexican Chopped Salad 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

And it’s so easy to make! All it takes is a rotisserie chicken (or leftover fajita chicken), several canned ingredients, some fresh cilantro, an avocado and cheddar cheese. And the nice thing about it, it’s a lot healthier than having enchiladas or tacos! I don’t know about you, but when we have the latter we tend to make several (ok, maybe 3 or 4) tacos which tend to pile on the calories. Right? Or is it just me? And the dressing, well, it is so fresh and delicious it just brings the flavor of this salad up a notch. And it helps keep the calorie count down too! What more could you want? Except maybe a margarita or cold cervesa to accompany it.

Mexican Chopped Salad closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

By the way, this Mexican Chopped Salad is also delicious made with your leftover taco ground beef or even steak from carne asada.

So whatever you are having to celebrate, just remember that when Friday morning rolls around and you are wondering what to bring for lunch, make up this taco salad and enjoy all that Mexican deliciousness all over again.

Mexican Chopped Salad closeup 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 

MEXICAN CHOPPED SALAD with CILANTRO LIME DRESSING
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

An easy to make Mexican Chopped Salad in a crispy tortilla bowl that's delicious & healthy. Start with rotisserie chicken, add your favorite ingredients from south of the border, layer in your own tortilla bowl & top with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. Delicioso!

Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, about 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine, cider or sherry vinegar (I used rice wine vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Salad
  • Fresh Greens, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1/4-1/2 cup canned kernel corn, drained
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated (save additional to sprinkle on top)
  • Black olives (optional)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
  • Taco shell bowl (optional)
Directions
Cilantro Lime Dressing
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Pour into pitcher for serving.
Salad
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients through chicken. Add black olives if you like too. 
  2. Toss with a little of the cilantro lime dressing then place in taco shell bowl or on a salad plate. 

  3. Sprinkle with a little additional cheddar cheese. Serve additional cilantro lime dressing on the side.

  4. All ingredients can be scaled up or down to accommodate your preferences. You can also substitute your favorite dressing or salsa in lieu of the cilantro lime dressing.
Recipe Notes

Want to make a taco shell bowl? Just spray each side of an 8" flour tortilla with nonstick spray, place in an oven-safe small bowl, forming little ruffles in the top, then bake in 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until crispy.

 

Wine Pairing: If not opting for an icy margarita or cold light beer such as Corona or Dos Equis, pair with a white wine that will enhance the citrus and cilantro overtones of the salad. Try a Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris or a Chenin Blanc.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    allisonarnone
    05/18/2016 at 12:53 pm I love mexican food and this looks DELISH! love the little taco shells :)
    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/21/2016 at 3:31 pm I know, aren't they cute! They are great for serving at parties too!

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