If you do it right, Taco Salad can be amazing. It’s one of my wife’s all time favorites. And she got really excited, when she heard me say that this was going to be my next video recipe post, because this salad has got it all. I’m talking about, not only, a great selection of salad ingredients but an array of toppings that really make this recipe pop. And it’s the combination of those ingredients that really make a great Taco Salad.
4 Major Taco Salad Ingredients
Unless you want to buy some of these pre-made ingredients, you’re going to need 3 other recipes and it doesn’t matter if you already have your favorite go to recipes or if you want to use mine. Either way, it is essential that you have a nice and thick Chili No Beans, a good Guacamole and of course homemade fresh Salsa. I would highly recommend making all of these, beforehand, yourself because let’s face it, store bought Guacamole, Salsa and Chili, never really measure up. But settling for canned ingredients isn’t the worst thing in the world and if that’s the way you decide to go, your salad will still turn out out pretty good. But I would highly recommend going the extra mile on this one and make everything fresh.
The fourth major ingredient, in my opinion, is of course optional but I think is very necessary; Sour Cream. No all you need is your favorite greens and chopped vegetables to make a salad and you’ll be well on your way.
Taco Salad Ingredients:
1 head Iceberg Lettuce, chopped or torn
1 Red Onion, sliced
4-6 Sweet Peppers, chopped
1 can Black Olives
8 oz Cherry Tomatoes
1 can Red Beans
2 cans Chili No Beans, RECIPE
1 pint Guacamole, RECIPE
8 oz Salsa, RECIPE
1 pint Sour Cream
1 lbs Cheddar Cheese
To make this Taco Salad, just follow the instructions in the video tutorial.
If you don’t already know, Chimichurri Sauce is a recipe developed in Argentina. It’s got fresh garlic, green herbs and a spicy kick. It’s traditionally served over steak but you can use it for many things. It is my understanding that the local Argentine’s have been brought up with this sauce, on the dinner table, for every meal. It’s considered a condiment, like salsa or ketchup, and it is absolutely fantastic.
My Chimichurri Sauce is Different
In this recipe, I’m going to show you a little twist. As you read in the title, I like to add Parmesan and Spinach but those are the only changes I’ve implemented. For example I use Green Onion instead of Red, Lime instead of Lemon, Balsamic instead of Red Wine Vinegar. So as you can see, it’s more of a Tomato/Tomato thing. The real major difference is the addition of the Parmesan cheese, the Baby Spinach and the Worcestershire. The cheese adds richness, the Worcestershire adds bite and the spinach bulks it up and smooths the flavor out so that it’s not overwhelming on the pallet. Oregano and Cumin are two other fun ingredients that some like to add to their Chimichurri Sauce, so might want to consider those as well.
Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients:
3 cloves Garlic, ground 2 tbsp Olive Oil 2 Green Onion, ground 1 sprig of Fresh Parsley 1 sprig of Fresh Cilantro 4 oz Baby Green Spinach 1 tsp Worcestershire 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar 1/3 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes 1/2 Lemon or Lime, squeezed Salt and Pepper to taste
Follow the instructions in the Chimichurri Sauce video tutorial and blend all of the ingredients together.
I always describe Dragon Fruit as, “The Cookies and Cream” fruit, though, it has the texture of a Kiwi, it looks just like ice cream when you split them open. They grow like flowers on Cacti plants in Mexico and are known as Pitaya or Pitahaya. They are also cultivated in Southeast Asia, the United States, Israel, Australia, Cyprus and the Canary Islands.
Where to find Dragon Fruit
I found Dragon Fruit at my local Oriental Market. I bought the last two they had and I paid $1.98 a pound. I think, between the two, they weighed about 1 1/2 pounds is all. So they really didn’t cost me that much. But people have told me that these can be ridiculously priced in standard grocery markets. I’ve heard upwards of even $8 dollars a piece; which is crazy but if you can find them at lower price, I highly recommend you try one. I like to squeeze lime juice over the top of mine. So if you find them, pic up a lime or two for a little extra seasoning because the Dragon fruit tastes like a mild Kiwi.
Other Recipes like Dragon Fruit
I’ve got a ton of Asian food recipes if you search the categories panel under Chinese or Japanese Food. I’ve also got a few fruits and vegetable videos listed here that you might be interested in, like my, How to cut a Pineapple, Japanese Cold Cucumber and my How to cook an Artichoke. Other than that, thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy this Dragon Fruit Video.