Ground Chicken Taco Salad

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Ground chicken taco salad is an easy salad for weeknight dinners and a great one to take to potlucks.

 Ground chicken taco salad is an easy weeknight salad and a great for potlucks.

Theme for this week’s blogging marathon is Salads. Last month when Pavani posted Taco Salad recipe, I immediately listed it down for this week’s theme. By then I already picked the theme and decided to make it with meat. Since I avoid cooking beef at home, it is ground chicken taco salad.

Ground chicken taco salad was our dinner early this week. I adapted Taste of Home recipe. Mr U did not want any taco chips in his salad, I ran out of canned chopped green chilies and, used less veggies and more ground chicken to our liking.

 Ground chicken taco salad is an easy weeknight salad and a great for potlucks.

The salad was ok and was in two minds if to post it or not. The salad dressing was a bit sweet to my taste and wished I had used at least some chopped fresh green chilies to spice it up. However, husband liked the salad. He said since salad had more chicken and less veggies, it tasted fine and will eat it again. That is a good enough feedback to post the recipe here.

 Ground chicken taco salad is an easy weeknight salad and a great for potlucks.

Ground Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

Ground Chicken Taco Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
An easy salad to fix on weeknights or to take for potluck
Course: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Servings: 2
  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Envelope Taco Seasoning I used hot and spicy taco seasoning
  • 2 - 3 oz Baby Lettuce or Iceberg Lettuce approx. 2 cups broken lettuce leaves
  • big Red Onion sliced approx. ¾ cup when sliced
  • 20 pitted Ripe Olives sliced or ⅓ – ½ cup sliced Ripe Black Olives
  • 12 - 15 Grape Tomatoes cut into half approx. ¾ cup
  • ¾ - 1 cup canned Red Kidney Beans
  • ¾ cup finely grated Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup Thousand ISland Salad Dressing
  • cup Salsa I used tostito mild salsa
  • 2 tsp Taco Seasoning
  1. Heat oil in a pan and saute ground chicken with one envelope of taco seasoning until chicken is cooked. I used a stainless steel pan and it took about 10 – 12 minutes to cook ground chicken. If using a nonstick pan, use less oil.

  2. In a large bowl, toss lettuce, olives, tomatoes, onions, ground chicken and keep aside.
  3. Mix together thousand island dressing, salsa and taco seasoning (listed below salsa). 

  4. Take salad in a serving bowl, sprinkle cheddar cheese and pour desired dressing over it and serve. 

Recipe Notes
  • I did not have a can of chopped green chilies and highly recommend using it.
  • The original recipe called for lots of crushed tortilla chips. Husband did not want any and hence left it out. However, I added some crushed tostitos tortilla chips and liked the crunchiness it gave to the salad.
  • Adjust veggies in the salad to one’s preference. I used less veggies and more ground chicken as that is how we prefer.
  • I used Taco Seasoning to season ground chicken. A variation to this would be chili powder, garam masala and ginger garlic past
  • I skipped 1-2 tsp. of sugar as we do not like too much sweet in savory food.
  • One will not need all this dressing for this salad.

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Ground chicken taco salad is a quick fix for weeknight dinners and potlucks.

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15 thoughts on “Ground Chicken Taco Salad

  1. I thought the dressing was a little sweet too. But it slowly grew on me.
    Adding ground chicken to the salad makes it filling and a complete meal.

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