Would you believe me if I told you that I didn’t grow up eating taco salad? It wasn’t until my husband introduced me to this delicacy that I started making it ALL. THE. TIME. Seriously….I feel like I lost so many years of deliciousness. Oh well.
To be perfectly honest though, my first bowls of taco salad were build upon a mountain of doritos. Pretty standard fare in the land of taco salad. However, as I have always had a desire to try and make things tasty and more health supportive, this dish slowly started to morph. The first change was that I started using actual corn chips. BYE BYE doritos. The second major change was that I stopped piling all the fixins on top of chips, and started using greens as the base and the chips as a sprinkle on top. This is a salad after all. Nowadays, the taco chips are sometimes forgotten, and I’m okay with that because I find it delicious and satisfying just the way it is!
We usually have taco salad once a week, ESPECIALLY in the summer months. In the summer we pile ripe tomatoes and cucumbers on it and it is so fresh and my kids never complain about it. In the winter though, this type of salad just doesn’t cut it. I crave warm meals, as our bodies are meant to in the colder months.
Out of desperation for a satisfying warm taco salad, this recipe was born. And it is creamy and delicious.
I don’t know about you, but I love a creamy sauce. This sauce is made from hemp hearts, which add a ton of nutrition to this dish! Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, plant based protein, iron, folate and a ton of magnesium, zinc and manganese! How awesome is that! Hemp hearts are a true superfood.
My girls absolutely love this version of taco salad! And I hope your family does too!