My favorite kinda salad is a taco salad!!
I’m such a creature of habit and I eat some type of variation of this ALMOST every night. There’s quite a few ways to switch it up but here are the basics:
Lettuce: I typically do a blend of romaine and spring mix but iceberg does well too!
More veggies: Always do sweet onion(because I <3 them but you may omit these if you don’t like them raw), and sometimes mini sweet peppers
Protein: Ground beef or ground turkey or even ground chicken. (Sometimes and very rarely will I do chicken breast or steak, but you can do these too!)
Fat: Guacamole or fresh avocado
Flavor: Salsa (an absolute MUST for taco salad! It’s not taco salad without salsa!) Sometimes I even add extra taco sauce. BEWARE, some salsas are loaded with carbs. Use one that is 10 cal per 2 tbsp
Dressing: Couple options here… you could do
- nothing – between the guacamole and the salsa, you’ll get plenty of flavor!
- 1 spoonful of cottage cheese – again, you’ll have the flavor from the guac and salsa but the added cottage cheese makes it creamy
- Trader Joe’s green dressing – 20 calories for 2 tbsp and packed with flavor!
- Bolthouse Farms Cilantro avocado yogurt dressing – 45 cal for 2 tbsp
What I avoid: corn, tortillas, cheese, black beans – these add a tone of extra calories pretty quickly. If you have room for them in your macro there’s no harm but I usually do not.