I love to try new dishes for my husband and myself, and also for when we entertain. I collect recipes from all over the world, and I appreciate the bold Southwest flavors that come through in this 5-ingredient salad. It's a keeper in my book. —Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This hearty main-dish salad, sent in by Iola Egle of Bella Vista, Arizona, makes a great cool-weather entree. It's colorful, delicious and filled with the kind of heat that’s great after a chilly football game or hike. Best of all, you can have it on the table in half an hour!
This Southwestern-style salad is layered with crunchy tortilla chips, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, olives, cheese and a zippy meat mixture, then drizzled with a snappy salsa dressing. "My family loves it," says Phyllis Schmalz of Kansas City, Kansas. "You will, too!"
In Wexford, Pennsylvania, Ruth Carter relies on this hearty salad for a quick dinner on busy workdays. “My husband likes the spicy Southwestern flavor and it’s a favorite of mine, too.”
TIP: Try serving this flavorful twist on taco salad rolled up in a flour tortilla topped with guacamole, chopped fresh tomatoes and diced sweet onions.
Amy Fecher from Beavercreek, Ohio shares the colorful taco salad that is her husband's favorite meal. "Because it is simple and he looks forward to it so, I find myself fixing this at least once a month," she says. "And for those brisk fall days, spicier chili beans can add some welcome heat."
"My family loves this zesty salad, and they eat it so fast that it barely has time to chill in the fridge," comments Cynthia Griffith from Danville, Virginia. Tip: Cynthia suggests serving this savory main dish over a bed of fresh torn greens.
I started to fix fajitas for our supper one evening and ended up turning it into a salad instead. My husband was impressed with the concoction. Whenever I serve it for a quick lunch to unexpected company, they often request the recipe.
-Shirley Banks, Westfield, Iowa
Nancy tops packaged greens with the warm chicken and onion combo, then tosses in tomato, red pepper and shredded cheese to create this colorful salad. An easy dressing of zippy salsa and bottled vinaigrette adds the final flavorful touch.
"I'm a teen who likes to cook, and I usually fix supper during summer vacation, since my mom works. One night, I planned a sunflower theme. I made this taco salad and served it 'potted' with the chips arranged to look like a flower head!" —Holly Joyce, Jackson, Minnesota
Living in the Southwest, I've learned to create all sorts of Mexican dishes. This nicely spiced salad is one of my favorites. It's a winner with my luncheon guests. They appreciate the change of pace from typical cold chicken salad.
"Whenever I get asked to potluck parties, this salad usually gets an invitation, too," chuckles Joy Polito Young of New Bern, North Carolina. "Since it takes a little time for the flavors to meld, I sometimes toss it together a day ahead, then add the fresh peppers just before serving."