Taco Salad Dressing Recipe

You've made a fabulous taco salad from leftover taco meat, cheese and salad veggies, but you're stumped as to what to use as taco salad dressing. There are several schools of thought as to what should go with a taco salad.

Many people like to use salsa-based dressings, which are usually combined with sour cream to make a spicy but cooling dressing which goes great with all of the ingredients in the salad, including the taco salad shell. Others like to dress their salad with a spicy vinaigrette, heavy on the cumin and pepper notes. Still others like a variation of ranch dressing. Try one of these taco salad dressing recipes to see which one suits your fancy.

Easy Salad Dressing for Taco Salad

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ cup sour cream
½ cup of your favorite salsa
¼ cup of ketchup

Mix together and serve. Because this dressing is heavy, you will want to use it sparingly.

Spicy Vinaigrette for Taco Salad

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Juice from one fresh lime
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon diced fresh chili peppers

Mix ingredients together immediately before serving. Dressing will separate upon resting, so mix before each serving.

Tomato-based Salad Dressing for Taco Salad
If you grew up eating taco salad with Catalina dressing, you'll appreciate this recipe as a step up from the bottled stuff.

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ can of tomato soup
½ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup olive oil
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon cumin

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly for 15 minutes. Cool in refrigerator. This dressing should keep for up several days.

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