This taco salad is everything you will ever want in a light, healthy but satisfying summer inspired meal. Winner all the way. It is so awesome it tastes just like a salad you would get in a nice restaurant. It is just a delight to make something different than just a traditional mixed greens salad with a dressing.

With all the fresh, delicious ingredients it packs a powerful flavor punch. Emerald green spinach makes up for the base of the salad. Red cherry tomatoes add some sweetness together with a fun pop of color, red and green onions give the salad a nice spicy kick.

Crispy, crunchy tortilla chips bring in classic  southwestern flavor. We finish off the salad with yummy chicken and creamy cheddar cheese.

I love how colorful and vibrant this salad is. Looks so appetizingly fresh and tempting.

This wholesome salad is a power house of nutrients. It is crazy good for you. It covers the whole spectrum of your daily food pyramid. Protein, fiber, healthy good carbs, dairy, vitamins and minerals.

There is couple ways you can make the chicken for the salad. You can simply sprinkle it with taco seasoning and grill it, However if you don’t feel like breaking down the grill just for a quick salad lunch you can easily sear the chicken on the skillet. I recommend to pound it first, especially if using chicken breast just to tenderize it a little bit.

I also use a store-bought ranch dressing for this particular recipe. The tangy creamy flavor of ranch creates a perfect balance with the rest of the ingredients. You can also make my low fat creamy cilantro dressing for a healthier option. I serve it with my southwestern salad recipe and you can find the recipe for the dressing  there.

This is a fantastic salad to serve on a warm summer night. I hope you ll enjoy it as much as I do!