Beans & Rice Taco Salad

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When it comes to food, one of the first things I associate with “green living” is salads. Salads bursting with vegetables are a great way for us to nourish our bodies at the same time as allow us to touch, tast, and smell what has truly come out of the earth.

While I love meat and chicken as much as the next carnivore, rising grocery prices have prompted me to reconsider increasing the number of meatless meals we eat in a week. Salads full of proteins like beans and cheese help make it filling all the while keeping the focus on the greens.

Taco salad is an easy fix, full of protein, and a crowd pleaser. It’s also easy to make meatless. This one combines beans, rice, veggies, and sour cream and salsa for a lighter take on “rice and beans.”

You don’t really need a recipe for this salad. Serving all the fixings buffet style allows your diners to combine the flavors that they want.

What’s a favorite salad recipe at your house?

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I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Candi says

    Yum! I did similar salad a few weeks ago. It was super filling!

  2. Lisa says

    I recently discovered Quinoa and absolutely love it. I convinced my family to eat Kale by calling it spinach. They were already eating that so it was an easy move.

  3. Bibi says

    That salad looks so yummy. I’ve been in salad mood since sun came out last week….hoping it will bring summer faster,lol.

    Thank you for hosting. I linked up my Red Wine Reduction Pork Chops.

  4. Another quinoa recipe from me, love it in summertime! Healthy and tasteful.
    Love Amelie

  5. I just linked my favorite salad, I think I’m making it this weekend for a BBQ, thanks!

  6. Thanks again for a great opportunity, and a great reminder about taco salad. I am planning on picking up salad greens (organic) on sale today so this is very timely.

    We sometimes do beans and meat combo to save money.

    I am sharing my easy and frugal recipe for making your own chocolate / carob chips. Enjoy!

  7. We have been eating lots of salads lately. They are so easy and versatile.

    Thanks for the link-up.

  8. Kris says

    Your salad looks delish. I think I’ll be trying that sometime next week. 🙂

  9. Kris says

    Shared an awesome potato salad recipe. The best I have EVER had!

  10. I love salads as meals. It’s such a quick meal when the components are all prepped ahead. I freeze grilled chicken to make my chicken caesar salad.

  11. Yum! I love salads that can stand alone as meals. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this recipe swap.

  12. Aimee says

    Thanks for hosting!!! I love salad too, I especially love to take a favorite salad and make it into a pizza (taco salad…taco pizza; caesar salad…chicken caesar pizza).

  13. amy says

    Thanks for the linky! I am new to your site and totally loving it! 🙂

  14. Your taco salad looks soooo yummy!

    “While I love meat and chicken as much as the next carnivore, rising grocery prices have prompted me to reconsider increasing the number of meatless meals we eat in a week.” – Ditto! We have a new found appreciation for beans in our house. They are so versatile, filling, nourishing, and AFFORDABLE, not to mention delicious! We’ll have to try a meatless taco salad soon with some yummy black beans!

    Thanks for hosting the Ultimate Recipe Swap!


  15. I love salads, too. And my husband and I are wanting to focus on salads-only for our lunches for awhile …

  16. I love salads! However, I’ve found that lettuce, at $1.49 a head, is just too high for us.

    Instead, I grow as much lettuce as I can. It doesn’t grow when it gets real hot here, but right now, it’s big and wonderful! I am growing spinach and 5 kinds of lettuce in my garden. A packet of seeds at $3.95 has 750 seeds of lettuce in it, so even if only a few grow, you will have more than broken even. Those in cooler climates can still plant lettuce this spring, and everyone can plant lettuce again in the fall.

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