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Easy and Delicious Taco Salad


A delicious, colorful taco salad recipe with ground beef and the most amazing citrus salad dressing!

There is nothing better than a healthy weeknight meal that you can toss together! This taco salad is one of our favorite go-to meals for the weekday and a wonderful dish to serve when entertaining. It’s colorful and filling. We serve it with a bowl of our favorite chips and hibiscus margaritas and everyone is happy!

I like Romain lettuce for this salad. I love when the lettuce is crisp and cold and I also chop it because for some reason, it just taste better chopped! I also add arugula to this salad because the peppery flavor compliments the other flavors. I toss the greens together in a large bowl then layer on the toppings!

How to Make a Taco Salad

The best thing about making a taco salad is that you can customize it to what you like. Add black olives or more beans, green onions, tomatoes or maybe peppers… whatever you like on your taco you can add to the salad. For this recipe, we used purple onions, grilled corn, black beans, avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro and seasoned ground beef. I seasoned the beef with garlic powder, cayenne and Santa Maria seasoning. Super easy! The beef can easily be substituted with ground turkey as it’s lower in saturated fat.

Citrus Taco Salad Dressing

The dressing is actually my favorite part of this recipe. It’s incredibly flavorful and has orange and lime juice, cumin, olive oil, honey, scallions, garlic and lots of salt and pepper! Those flavors together is pure magic! It’s the easiest dressing to make too. Just add all of the ingredients in a small container with a spout and stir. If you have a dressing container, it’s nice to be able to shake the ingredients together.

I like to wait to add the dressing to the salad until right before serving. Then you can mix it all up and serve right away.

How to Cook Ground Beef for a Taco Salad

In a skillet over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle the ground beef with 1 tsp Santa Maria (this is my favorite seasoning and be purchased at most grocery stores in the meat section), 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper and pace in the skillet. Break it up with a wooden spatula and cook until brown.

Serve with tortilla chips and margaritas or strawberry tequila sodas!

If you make this taco salad, leave a review below or share with us by tagging @sugarandcharm on our social channels! We love to see what you all make!

Taco Salad

Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican, Salad
Servings 6 People


Taco Salad

  • 1 cup arugula, washed well
  • 15 ounces romaine, washed well
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 2 ears grilled corn, cut of the cob
  • 1 large ripe avocado, sliced
  • 15 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Santa Maria seasoning

Taco Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon scallions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Season ground beef with salt, pepper and Santa Maria seasoning.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet and cook seasoned ground beef in the skillet until fully cooked. 

  3. Wash and prep all of the vegetables for the salad. Chop onion, roast or grill corn, rinse and drain canned black beans.

  4. Rinse and chop the Romain 

  5. Add the Romain and arugula in a large salad bowl, then add the vegetable and meat over the top. 

  6. For the dressing combine all of the ingredients in a small dressing bottle and stir. 

  7. Poor the dressing over the salad and toss. You can mis all of the ingredients up or keep them separated over the top. We like to mix it all up!

Recipe Notes

You can use ground turkey or ground beef for this recipe.

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8 responses to Easy and Delicious Taco Salad

  1. Valentina
    March 25, 2019

    Love this taco salad recipe!

    1. Eden
      March 25, 2019

      Thank you!!

  2. Julie
    March 25, 2019

    This is amazing! The Citrus dressing is a great addition!

    1. Eden
      March 25, 2019

      Thank you Julie!! The dressing is my favorite!

  3. Laura Reese
    March 25, 2019

    I love a good salad. This taco salad looks amazing.

    1. Eden
      March 25, 2019

      Thank you Laura!

  4. Kim
    March 25, 2019

    Yum! This looks so good and much healthier than the one I make with Doritos! 🙂

  5. Taylor
    March 25, 2019

    Taco salads are one of my absolute favorites! I eat them at least once a week!

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