Most guests go crazy for a good taco bar, but serving the same setup again and again can get repetitive for both party hosts and guests.
Simple yet versatile, many tacos can be easily converted from a hearty handheld into a savory salad. The perfect selection of complementary greens, toppings, and dressing allows you to maintain the integrity of your favorite taco filling while adding variety to your recipe repertoire.
Here’s how to transform five taco and avocado recipes into salads.
Related: Substitute avocados for spreads in your salads.
For Believers in Beef
Spicy beef, guacamole, and your favorite cheese star in this taco recipe. Spread the taco filling over a bed of romaine lettuce and top with crumbled tortilla chips and chipotle ranch for a light salad option that’s dressed to impress.
No need to discard the shell when turning this recipe from taco to salad. Dice the bell pepper shell of this beef taco recipe and spread slices over iceberg lettuce.Then, tossthe salad base with the taco recipe’s seasoned meat, fresh avocado, fire-roasted tomatoes, sweet corn, cheddar cheese, and a drizzle of ranch to create a taco salad success.
For Chicken-Taco Chasers
Lime-and-rosemary-seasoned chicken meets corn guacamole, tomatoes, and jalapeños in this taco recipe. Add black beans and sliced red bell pepper, then place all the filling ingredients over romaine for an herbal twist on a Southwestern salad. Dress lightly with a cilantro vinaigrette.
Creamy avocado mixes with spicy adobo sauce in this chicken tinga tostadas recipe. Serve the meat mixture and sliced avocado over a bowl of iceberg lettuce, then top with grilled yellow corn and juicy cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with equal parts lime juice, vinegar, and olive oil for a complementary dressing sure to dazzle.
For Voracious Veggie Eaters
Forgoing meat definitely does not mean forgoing flavor with this avocado and taco recipe featuring sautéed zucchini, garlic, and jalapeños. Serve the calabacitas and avocado over a bed of baby spinach and top with ranch dressing to enhance your meatless meal menu.
These five taco-to-salad conversions are sure to transform both your meal and your gathering, providing a new take on a classic taco-dinner spread. After you successfully serve your chosen salad, store any leftover avocados in an airtight container in your refrigerator. You can incorporate these leftovers into meals throughout the week with the ideas listed on our avocado recipe page.