At one point in my life I loved everything about tacos, especially the beans. I loved me some beans!
Then I started my semi-paleo journey… goodbye my precious beans, tortillas, and cheese. It was torture!
And like most paleo households, I slowly started introducing my favorite foods ‘other people consider healthy’ (like beans) back into my diet on cheat days to figure out what I could get away with. (I highly recommend keeping a food diary!) It turns out… beans are soooo not my friend. Leaky gut all day and night. Fun fun!
- I tried organic, fancy pants tortillas. Fail.
- I tried lettuce wraps with beans and a tiny bit of mozzarella cheese. Fail.
- I tried lettuce wraps with just a tiny bit of mozzarella cheese. Fail.
Sad panda, for sure.
And then came yet another taco night in the Schuplin household and guess what I was out of? Lettuce wraps. Gosh darn, lettuce wraps.
And that, folks, is the story behind my paleo taco salad.
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PALEO TACO SALAD INGREDIENTS
- Baby Kale Mix from Fresh Express
- Ground beef (Seasoned with your favorite taco mix.)
- Mango salsa (recipe below)
- Bell peppers
- Red onion
- Any other paleo friendly taco items you enjoy.
Plate a bit of lettuce and top said lettuce with any of the (paleo friendly) traditional taco items! Think of it like the lazy lettuce wrap. Or the deconstructed taco. Or the trashcan leftover vegetable dinner. I don’t care how you process it as long as you get down on the chow.
MANGO SALSA INGREDIENTS (MAKES 8 OUNCES)
- 1 cup Mango
- 1 cup Pineapple
- 1/2 cup Red Pepper
- 1/4 cup Onion
- 1 cup Tomato
- 1 Tbsp Cilantro
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Put the ingredients in your food processor and pulse it a few times. I didn’t want to obliterate the ingredients, but giant chunks without any juice is better known as a bowl of fruit.
Note: Yes, the cayenne pepper is required. The word salsa sort of implies there will be a slight kick and I can guarantee your guests will hunt you down if you don’t deliver a kick. It isn’t like it’s a football cleat to the face type of kick.
Not a bad idea for the Salad Swap, eh? Happy mistakes are sort of the best-thing-ever!
There is still time for you to join the Salad Swap before bikini season rolls around. I mean, is there not still snow on the ground? Why yes, yes there is.
What are you waiting for? Download the app and pick from the recipes they already have prepared for you. They pretty much did everything but go to the grocery store. Can you handle printing out the coupon and picking up the goods?
I thought so.
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