Thursday, June 28, 2012

Counting Down to July 4th....Taco Salad!

It's been a beautiful day here in Northern New Jersey, sunny and HOT!  Exactly what I enjoy in the Summer. We were invited over to my friends house today for lunch and to swim in their pool, it was a wonderful day!  Hanging with good friends is so refreshing especially in a POOL! 

Taco Salad, it's so good.  I love this salad because it has so many good things in it, especially one of my favorites......Doritos! 

This recipe is a great one, perfect for a Summer get-together.  It's easy, and everyone loves it. I usually make my Homemade Italian Dressing, it only takes a few more minutes than whipping up the Good Seasons, it's so fresh, and really easy....try it.  But I know the Good Seasons is so convenient, so it's up to you. 

This will be one of the salads I will be making for our Fourth of July party.  Hope you make it too!  Enjoy!

Taco Salad

2 whole heads of Romain Lettuce chopped
1 Red pepper chopped
1 Green pepper chopped
2 Tomatoes chopped
1 small red onion chopped
1 can of sliced black olives
1 Avocado chopped (optional)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can of black or kidney beans DRAINED and RINSED
1 bag of crushed (yes crushed but not TOO CRUSHED) Doritos (any flavor but I like to use the Taco flavor)
1 lb chop meat cooked in a skillet until no longer pink and COOLED - you can do this the day before
1 pkt Taco seasoning

Get a really BIG BOWL, the biggest one you have in the house! Cook the chop meat in a skillet, drain all the fat, then add the taco seasoning to it and mix really well, cool or do it earlier in the day or the night before. To the big bowl, add all the ingredients, and then pour the Italian dressing on top, and mix really well. Sometimes before a party I will add all the ingredients in one big bowl, and keep in the frig, then right before we eat, add the Doritos and mix it up with the dressing! So easy, so fresh, and so delicious! YUMMO!

Homemade Italian Dressing

1 cup of olive oil or canalo oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 tsp, oregano
1 tsp. italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 TBS sugar
1 TBS spicy brown mustard

Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk, or put in a mason jar and shake really well. 

Homemade Italian Dressing!

OR USE Good Seasons Dressing - if you want buy a bottle of any Italian Dressing, but the Good Seasons, the one where you have to make it with the oil and vinegar is really the best one!
This is the BEST, and use Cider Vinegar!

So YUMMO, don't you want this for dinner tonight!


Angie said...

I have never had taco salad with Italian dressing. I will have to try that. Thank you for linking to Foodie Friends Friday.

Ericka @Chef PickyKid and Me said...

This looks like a tasty taco salad! I've never thought of using Italian dressing but I bet it would be good! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love taco salad! Thanks for joining Foodie Friend's Friday! Please come back next Friday with another great recipe!

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

What a great idea. Looks yummy. My kids aren't that into tacos so I'm going to use the leftovers up in a salad. Thanks for the idea.

Anne @ Domesblissity xx