I'm all about the layered salads. There's something about hiding certain ingredients below all the fresh veggies that just makes it so much more exciting to eat. This specific salad is one I ate on repeat during the weeks leading up to our wedding last summer. It has the perfect combination of protein, legumes and fresh veg to keep you healthy, stuffed and satisfied.
Although incredibly less photogenic than the other ingredients, the salad just isn't the same without it. We make our own taco-esq spice using powdered chilli, cumin, salt, oregano and chilli flakes. We usually we this as our base and then edit depending on which ingredients we forgot to restock.
To prepare ground beef [we usually use a 1/2 pound for 3 - 4 salads], begin by sauteing diced onions. Add ground beef, taco spice and 1/4 water. Mix together and let beef brown until cooked. Set aside.
I'm a sucker for a fresh guacamole, especially if I'm going to skip cheese and sour cream. All the ingredients in my guacamole are roughly the same as what I put in my fresh salsa, minus the avocado and times a bunch more tomatoes.
2 Tbsp diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp diced green peppers
2 Tbsp diced onions
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp chilli flakes
dash of salt and pepper
Mash avocado. Add the rest. Stir. All done!
Whether you're using dried or canned, black beans [or turtle beans] really round out the dish. Once ready, heat a pan with 1 tablespoon oil. Add diced onions and saute. Once softened, add black beans and cook until warm.
Now for the layering. Add black beans to the bottom, top with cooked taco meat and mounds of fresh veggies on top. Finish the dish with a spoon full of salsa and guacamole on top and enjoy!