Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Taco Salad with Homemade French Dressing

File this one under salad that is not particularly healthy but tastes damn good. It is addictive! Try to stop at just a small serving, I dare you.

Most taco salads I found use a taco seasoning to season the ground beef but I skipped that. I feel like there is plenty of flavor in this salad without adding in a dry mix. Add some to your meat if you'd like but I think if you try it without you'll find that it isn't a necessity.

I made my dressing with a whisk and bowl, which is totally doable, it just takes patience and a strong arm. If you go this route, the oil has to be added one drop at a time. Yep, really. Go slow and whisk till you drop. If I can do it, you can too.

So good. Enjoy!

Taco Salad with Homemade French Dressing
Makes several servings

  • For the French dressing:
  • 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⁄2 cup ketchup
  • 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • Several cups chopped lettuce (1-2 cups per person)
  • 1-2 medium ripened on the vine tomatoes, diced
  • shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • crushed doritos chips
  • ground beef cooked with a few Tablespoons finely chopped onion, cooked and drained 
  • Optional: taco seasoning added to the ground beef while cooking, I skipped this
  • diced cucumber
  • chopped green onions
  1. In a blender, place the mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, onion powder, salt and pepper; cover and process until smooth.
  2. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady slow stream. (If you make this by hand, whisk vigorously and add the oil one drop at a time. Go very slow.)
  3. Let chill in fridge until ready to use.
  4. To prepare the salad: Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, crushed chips, warm ground beef, cucumber and green onions. Drizzle with French dressing. Toss lightly to combine and serve.
Recipe from Jam Hands.

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