5 from 2 votes
Taco Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

The homemade version of your favorite taco salad from the high school cafeteria days!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keyword: taco salad, how to make a taco salad, easy taco salad, taco salad from highschool, cafeteria style taco salad, taco meat salad
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby Dalkin
For the Cilantro Vinaigrette
  • 1 shallot roughly chopped
  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves stems removed (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the meat:
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
For the Salad:
  • 2 heads Romaine Lettuce thinly shredded
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes halved or quartered
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 ears of corn shucked and corn sliced off the cob
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • cilantro leaves
  • A few tablespoons red onion chopped or sliced
  • 1 cup Black Beans rinsed and drained
For the Cilantro Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 2 minutes until smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed and set aside.
For the meat:
  1. Place a medium skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more. Add the ground chicken or turkey and continue to cook for 6-7 minutes until fully cooked. Add the taco seasoning and the water and reduce heat to low. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes while you assemble the salad.
For the Salad
  1. If you’re layering this in one large serving bowl, layer half of the lettuce on the bottom followed by half of all the other toppings. Add the next layer of lettuce on top and finish with the remaining toppings. Top with the meat and toss together with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Add more as needed and serve immediately.