Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Taco Salad

The last two posts dealt with Mexican cuisine,so I thought why not make it three in a row. Hence here I am with a simple taco salad. Now what is a taco salad?. Again there are two types of taco salads both involving fried tortillas or hard shell tacos. 

The first one has salad ingredients like shredded veggies,lettuce etc along with guacamole,salsa and  sour cream  served in a taco shell. The second one involves a salad in which we add crushed hard shell tacos or fried tortilla chips similar to nachos. I had tried this second version of taco salad and its very simple to make and very filling.

Ingredients:

Rajma/ Red Kidney Beans: 1/2 cup pre soaked and cooked
Sweet Corn: 1/2 cup lightly steamed

Tomato: 1 big chopped and deseeded
Red Onion: 1 chopped finely
Garlic: 1 small clove finely minced
Fresh Cilantro: a small bunch finely chopped + more for garnish
Green Chilli: 1 -2 finely  chopped (optionally deseeded)

Salt:as per taste
Sugar: a pinch
Lemon Juice: as per taste

Baked Taco Shells: 1 or 2 broken into pieces 

Preparation:
I basically mixed together all the ingredients pico de gallo style. I chopped and deseeded tomatoes, placed them in a colander and let it sit for about 45 minutes. After 15 minutes, I tossed  in chopped onion,garlic,green chillies and cilantro and let it continue to sit . Then I tossed in drained kidney beans and steamed/cooked corn to this. Also added the salt, pinch of sugar and lemon juice and tossed everything well. Let it sit for atleast 15 minutes so that the flavours enhance.

Just before serving, toss in crushed taco shells and serve as a snack or side or even a light meal. You can even serve this canape style or whatever way you prefer. 



Simple and very filling salad and very healthy too. You can go for your own ingredients for the salad/salsa. Add more or less spices or seasonings.You can even go for taco chaats wherein you add crushed tacos to the regular chaats or Indian style street snacks. 

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