taco salad + avocado vinaigrette

Yesterday as I was wading in the pool I found myself, unsurprisingly, thinking about food. Before long the image of a taco salad popped into my head, and I immediately started brainstorming how I could make a super healthy, guilt-free version for dinner.

I knew I would use a pound of ground turkey and home make the taco seasoning [it’s so easy, tastes better than the prepackaged stuff and doesn’t have any of the funky ingredients you find on the back of the store-bought packets]. This is a great recipe: homemade taco seasoning

The main focus was a dressing that would pair well with the meat and other taco-y toppings, and I was craving something creamy without actually using cream. The perfect answer: avocado.

I skimmed a couple of recipes for inspiration and combined the best components of each to make this amazing avocado vinaigrette:

  • 2 limes freshly juiced** [to make at least ¼ c]
  • 1 jalapeno [seeded for less heat]
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

directions:

  1. in a blender, combine lime juice + jalapeno and blend until mixed [about 30 seconds]
  2. add avocado + cilantro + vinegar + oil and garlic—blend [you can add a couple tablespoons of water until desired consistency is achieved]

Next, toss your favorite salad greens, I used iceberg lettuce [for crunch] and spinach [for more nutrients], with the dressing and top as desired. Here’s what I used in mine:

  • Scallions
  • Black beans [rinsed]
  • Black olives
  • Tomato

This was such a fresh, easy meal that was packed with flavor and perfect for when you want a salad that is light yet filling. Satisfaction guaranteed.

**To get the most juice out of your limes roll them between a hard surface and your palm, then microwave the whole lime for about 15 seconds.

Stay tuned this summer for weekly posts featuring my favorite of-the-moment recipes, looks and products. Something new will be on the blog every Thursday! Next week I’ll be talking about getting creative with this summer’s must-have hair accessory, and how to easily customize the look. See you then!

xox courtney

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