Taco salad with pulled chicken
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Taco Salad with Pulled Chicken

My taco salad is loaded with fresh ingredients and served with Mexican pulled chicken. It takes no time to make and can be enjoyed any day of the week.

Taco salad has to be one of those things that we enjoy very often at home. It’s so delicious and versatile. You can add and remove ingredients as you see fit. Make it a vegetarian or a vegan version by replacing the chicken with beans or even tofu and skipping the cheese.

The Ingredients

Lots of fresh vegetables, some chicken, and dressing is all that’s needed.

Ingredients for Taco Salad

The Ingredients List:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce (about 4 cups)
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 cup marble cheddar
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 cups pulled Mexican chicken (recipe here)
  • crispy jalapeno (optional)
  • 1/2 cup salsa (optional)


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The Pulled Chicken:

First off, let’s make the one pot Mexican pulled chicken. You can find my recipe here. It is very easy to make and it tastes amazing in this recipe. You can use the same recipe to make pulled pork or pulled beef or even pulled chicken. The same recipe can be used to make delicious Mexican beans if you prefer a vegetarian or vegan version.

Pulled Mexican chicken

The Corn:

Once the chicken is ready, we can get on with the vegetables.

  • If using frozen corn, place the corn in a small pot and cover it with water. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of salt and bring the water to a boil and let the corn boil for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain and put the corn back into the pan. Add one tablespoon of butter, salt, and pepper to taste and mix. There is no need to turn the heat back on. Allow it to cool down before using.
  • Alternatively, you can use fresh corn on the cob and boil it, shuck it and add butter.
  • There’s a third option for corn. During the summer I like to barbeque my corn and then shuck it. Barbequing the corn enhances the flavour and it goes really well with the Mexican chicken.
Taco salad with pulled chicken

Other Vegetables:

Now that the corn is ready, we can work on the rest of the vegetables:

  • Wash and roughly chop the lettuce.
  • Peel the onion and finely slice it.
  • Wash and chop the red pepper. You can chop it into cubes or slices.
  • Wash and chop the cucumber. Again it can be chopped into cubes or slices or batons.
  • I like to place each vegetable in a separate bowl or plate. That way everyone has a choice of what they want in their bowls.
  • I like to chop the avocado when we are almost ready to serve. This helps keep the avocado green. If left chopped for too long, the avocado gets oxidized and turns brown quickly. To chop my avocado, I slice it into two – lengthwise – and using a large sharp knife, I remove the pit. Then peel it and slice it or chop it into bite sized chunks.
  • I like to use marble cheddar, but you can use medium cheddar or mozzarella, or even Havarti. They all taste amazing with this recipe. I like to leave the cheese in the fridge until I am just ready to grate and use it. I like my cheese hard and cold.
Partial view of the taco salad

The Assembling Process:

Now we are ready to enjoy our Mexican food. I like to make mine like a cob salad. I arrange my vegetables on a plate as you can see in the pictures. My husband likes all the vegetables mixed together. That’s what I like about this recipe – Its versatility.

The Dressing:

I make a dressing to go with the healthy food.

  • Add sour cream, hot sauce, mayonnaise, and lime or a bowl.
  • Mix everything together to form a creamy dressing.
  • Or you can use any other kind of creamy dressing.
Partial view of the taco salad

Variations:

  • Replace the pulled chicken with pulled pork.
  • Add some crunch by adding some crumbled crunchies on top.
  • Serve it in a hard flour or corn shell bowl instead of on a plate.
  • Add some black beans to the mix.

Taco Salad with Pulled Chicken

Course: MainCuisine: Tex MexDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Calories

295

kcal
Total time

25

minutes

My taco salad is loaded with fresh ingredients and served with Mexican pulled chicken. It takes no time to make and can be enjoyed any day of the week.

Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce (about 4 cups)

  • 1 English cucumber

  • 2 cups frozen corn

  • 1 avocado

  • 1 red pepper

  • 1 cup marble cheddar

  • 1 small red onion

  • 2 cups pulled Mexican chicken (recipe here)

  • crispy jalapeno (optional)

  • 1/2 cup salsa (optional)

Directions

  • Make the one pot Mexican pulled chicken. You can find my recipe here.
  • Place the frozen corn in a small pot and cover it with water. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of salt and bring the water to a boil and let the corn boil for about 3-4 minutes. Drain and put the corn back into the pan. Add one tablespoon of butter, salt, and pepper to taste and mix. 
  • Wash and roughly chop the lettuce. Peel the onion and finely slice it. Wash and chop the red pepper into cubes or slices.
  • Peel and slice or chop the avocado into bite sized chunks. Grate the cheese.
  • Dress it with a creamy dressing or a home made dressing made with sour cream, hot sauce, mayonnaise, and lime.


What is in a Taco Salad?

Taco salad with pulled chicken

Traditionally, it is served in a taco bowl which is filled with lettuce and other vegetables and topped with some kind of meat and cheese. Served with a side of salsa, guacamole, and creamy dressing.


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What type of dressing goes with Taco Salad?

Partial view of the taco salad

Generally, it is served with a side of tomato salsa, guacamole, and a creamy dressing. I make my creamy dressing :
– Add sour cream, hot sauce, mayonnaise, and lime or a bowl.
– Mix everything together to form a creamy dressing.


How is a Taco different from a Taco Salad?

Taco salad with pulled chicken

The difference is that the taco is served filled with ground meat and topped with some lettuce and dressing. Meanwhile, the salad is served as a salad that is filled in a flour or corn shell bowl and served with dressings.

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