Santa Fe Taco Salad with Cool Salsa Ranch - peppery arugula and fresh Southwest flavors combine with crunchy ranch tortilla chips and a Cool Salsa Ranch for a perfectly simple and satisfying salad!
No, I am not really sharing a recipe for salad here today. Well, I suppose I am, but really? This is about the Cool Salsa Ranch.
Jason jokes about how much I love my ranch dressing. I make a new batch nearly every week, and pour it over pretty much everything. Dip everything into it. Think about dunking a straw into it. Buy chips flavored like it.
So you could say I am a ranch connoisseur. Not an incredibly lofty goal as titles go, but I'll take it. I like my ranch cool, I like my ranch thin. I like my ranch new and different each week (as long as it is still cool and thin).
Last week, I got my ranch in my salsa. No, I got my salsa in my ranch? Please tell me someone remembers those old Chocolate In My Peanut Butter Reese's commercials...
So yes, today I am not so much sharing a simple salad recipe, but really a vehicle.
A Cool Salsa Ranch vehicle.
Plus, we just returned from a vacation in Austin, Texas - I went for the third and final Vida Vegan Conference, Jason came along and we extended the trip with several days vacation - where we ate All The Tacos.
So I am still in Taco Mode. I still want to be eating All The Tacos.
Peppery arugula, fresh greens, crispy chips.
Creamy avocado, sweet corn, vibrant tomato.
and the Cool Ranch with Fresh Salsa.
These are my flavors of summer.
Santa Fe Taco Salad with Cool Salsa Ranch
YIELD: 4 salads
dairy, egg, soy, oil, and gluten free, vegan
1 bunch arugula, rinsed
8 ounces mixed greens, rinsed and torn to bite size
1 pint cherry tomatoes, rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3-4 ears fresh corn (about 2 ½ cups), cut from cob
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed
Ranch chips (my favorite!)
Oil Free Celery Ranch Dressing
Fresh Salsa Salsa (recipes below)
Arrange greens on serving platter or divide between individual plates. Top greens with tomatoes, beans, corn, and avocado.
Combine Oil Free Celery Ranch Dressing with Fresh Simple Salsa. Pour over salad.
Fresh Simple Salsa
YIELD: enough for a small serving - easily doubled
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
3 fresh Roma tomatoes, diced fine
1 shallot, peeled and diced fine
1 small jalapeño pepper, stems, ribs, seeds removed, diced fine
juice of 1 lime
In small mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, shallot, jalapeño, and lime juice.
Perfect for Taco Tuesday - your dinner plans for tomorrow are set!
printable Santa Fe Taco Salad with Cool Salsa Ranch recipes: