Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fresh Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing (Whole30)

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This creamy avocado dressing seriously makes this salad. I'm borderline obsessed with avocados and I'm honestly shocked I've never thought to use them in a dressing before. The only downside is that the dressing doesn't last too long in the fridge (maybe 2-3 days), but if you're as hooked as I am, it won't last that long anyways. And that's good news, too, because it will force you to eat salads. Enjoy!

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Avocado Dressing:

  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream (the thick stuff from the top of a full fat coconut milk can)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 packed cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • Extra water, for thinning
Taco Meat:
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. ground meat
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
To make dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and process until creamy smooth. Adjust for salt and pepper. Thin with additional water to desired consistency.

For taco meat: Combine spices in a small bowl and set aside. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add ground meat and cook until brown. Drain and then add back into pan. Add spices and water and stir to combine. 

For salad: Combine salad ingredients in bowl. Add spiced ground meat and drizzle with creamy avocado dressing. Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Savory Lotus

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