Friday, December 21, 2012

Black Bean Chicken Taco Salad

this.was.amazing!  i kept seeing a chicken taco salad pinned on pinterest, but much to my dismay, the link to the recipe would not come up, something about it being an unsafe link.  but the salad looked so good, and i was intrigued by the idea of a "taco ranch dressing made with greek yogurt" as the pin described.  not being creative enough to just create my own dressing or figure out the proportions and ingredients to the salad i'd been seeing, i did some soul searching, but then i turned to my trusted friend Internet, and i did some google searching.  i found this:  and the search was over.

Black Bean Chicken Taco Salad
2 c chicken, shredded
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can sweet yellow corn
1 roma tomato, diced
4 green onions, sliced
1 head lettuce, chopped
1/4 c cilantro
1 avocado, diced

1/2 c mayonnaise
2/3 c greek yogurt
1 Tbsp ranch seasoning
1 Tbsp taco seasoning

crushed tortilla chips

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients thru avocado together.  In a small bowl, combine mayo, yogurt and seasonings.  Pour about 1/2 of the dressing on the salad and toss to combine.  Gradually add more dressing until it is dressed to your liking.  Top with tortilla chips.

i ended up only using just over 1/2 of the dressing, and after tossing the dressing with the salad ingredients, everything had a gray tinge to it, likely because i didn't do a superb job on the rinsing my black beans step.  but the overall taste was so good!  and the crunch of the tortilla chips added a great texture, and a great salty flavor.  when i was eating the leftovers at work the next day, i had forgotten to pack some tortilla chips, so i bought some nacho cheese dorritos out of the vending machine and crushed those on top.  so good!  when i make this again, i will totally just use dorritos :)

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