I was raised in Southern California, not far from the Mexican border. That explains why I like Mexican food as much as I do. Much of my cooking...even when I'm making "American dishes"...is heavily influenced by the kinds of foods and flavors I tasted as a youngster growing up just north of the border.
I shared this recipe with a friend a while back. Now we kid about who will make it when we're attending the same event! No matter who brings the salad, it's always a hit at get-togethers.
“This lower fat version of a traditional taco salad doesn't lose any of the flavor,” writes Mary Bilyeu of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The creamy, flavorful dressing complements the unique use of a veggie burger as well.
This simple, colorful salad from Ginger Burow, Fredericksburg, Texas, combines fresh tomatoes with avocados. It goes great with any kind of Mexican food or it makes a wonderful appetizer when spooned on a toasted baguette.
From Newport News, Virginia, Gail Park shares a colorful stand-alone salad that her family simply loves. “People always ask for the recipe when I bring it to a potlucks,” she adds. “The zippy dressing and mix of crunchy veggies with beans is a winning combination!”
This good-for-you dish can be served either cold as a salad side dish for 8 people or warm as an entree for 4 people. The Lime Vinaigrette add a punch of flavor to this wonderful dish.—Yvonne Compton, Elkton, Oregon
"When I want a light yet hearty meal, I fix this refreshing main-dish salad," says Bonnie Wittekind of Higley, Arizona. "My husband loves the beef and the zippy flavor. As a busy mom, I appreciate that it doesn't take long to put this entree on the table.