Taco Salad

I feel like I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking, cleaning and eating nowadays. I love cooking but some days I want something quick and easy. To me this means getting help from a grocery store or local restaurant, like a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken. I have been testing out recipes with ready-made ingredients from the store to speed things along. You can still tweak it to make it better than you could buy. I think this can help those of you with little time for cooking.

This week I’m making a chicken dish using a store-bought rotisserie chicken that was made with just salt, pepper, and oil. I first separated the meat from the bone and skin. I will use the bone to make chicken stock in the future, which can be used for soups or stews. The meat can be used for salads, soups, and for taco filling. (Or you can just eat it plain!)

Below I use some of the chicken breast for a taco salad recipe. I also used roasted corn that I had in my freezer just for occasions like this. This salad is easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes. It is healthy and nutritious from all the wonderful veggies, beans, and chicken. If you want it vegetarian you could substitute sliced avocado for the chicken.



Taco dressing

  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 4 tsp mild taco seasoning (I used McCormick taco seasoning)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp jalapeno, minced
  • 1 tsp sugar

Taco salad

  • 6 cups bite size, romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup grilled corn kernel
  • 1 cup medium diced roma tomatoes, some of the seeds removed
  • 1 cup canned black bean, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 cup rotisserie chicken, sliced (I got mine from the store)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, small dice
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup (or less) jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • Taco dressing


Taco dressing

Whisk all taco dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside until you get all salad ingredients together.


Taco salad

Divide the lettuce into 4 serving bowls. Top with corn, beans, tomatoes, onion, chicken, cheese, and jalapeno slices. Drizzle taco dressing over the salad. Serve a wedge of lime slice on the side.


Serves 4

Did you make this dish? I’d love to know how it turns out! Feel free to like this post and comment or use the hashtag #globaldinein on Instagram.

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