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Doritos 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!

Doritos 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.


  1. I make a similar salad. Except I add Black Beans and Corn and omit the Cucumbers.


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