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My Very Own Taco Bowl Salad with Grilled Chicken and Orange-Lime Dressing


Yes, these taco bowls were crafted by me.  Want to know my secret?  Not so hard to do, even a 2 year old can help you make these…. not considering the oven part… but yes, they are that simple.

I found this recipe many many ions ago, when I was still very much of baby from my Sunset Magazine Annual Cookbook.  It was for a potluck lunch party with my girlfriends and these bowls were a huge it – so I did add this my go-to entertaining dish and did many get-togethers, but did not know the recipe by heart.  But long story short, I lent the book to a co-worker  and never got it back so my recipe was lost and so was my book.  I was super sad and decided to not to lend my cookbooks anymore.  I did not remember the year the annual was published so I never did enough research to find a replacement to my book and there was no facebook or google at the time.  Then few months ago I came across the book in a used book store.  I was ecstatic to be able to find my long lost book and bring back my recipe.  So here it is!!! I need to share it with the world.


For those of you who have been following my blog know that I am not a huge fan of repeating recipes, but yes I do time to time like to come back to my favorites, or the huge crowd pleasures.

These taco bowls are a much healthier alternative to tostada salads since they are baked in the oven and not deep fried.   The seasoning and spices work very well together and the marinade that is used for the  chicken also works well for the salad and can work well with other meats as well.

Some additional notes:

I do think it’s okay to play with the recipe a little and get the right combination of citrus/salt level for you.  Some prefer more citrus and some prefer more sugar… I suggest to taste the dressing to see what is lacking for you.  I love to make double than what’s called out here just in case I need to add more.  I love to have an extra dressing on hand.

You can also make these bowls by using tortilla molds or the cheaper and more fun route with cans.  I have done both versions and  honestly like using the cans more than the molds.  It gives more room for imperfection.  The tortillas can be made in advance an can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.



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  • http://www.cevabun.ro/blog something_good

    Lovely taco bowl! and the salad looks so fresh and yummy….

  • Tes

    I have always wanted to make the taco bowl like that for my summer salad 🙂 Yours looks so perfect and beautiful! I will try that 🙂

  • Tes

    And the salad recipe sounds so fresh and delicious, too

  • http://www.suzyeats.com Suzy Eats

    looks very healthy!! thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • Ravienomnoms

    How fabulous!! Thanks for sharing this…I would never think to make my own taco bowl…this is really fantastic!

  • http://bethmichelle.com Beth Michelle

    I love the taco bowls! I never knew how to make them before and definitely want to try! The salad sounds so awesome too. Always looking for good salads!

  • Christina

    I love a good taco salad! Your version looks great!

  • http://mywanderingspoon.wordpress.com/ Irena

    Nice post it is educational, love your taco bowls, thanks for sharing.

  • http://joyjoycreativeoutlet.blogspot.com Joy

    Good job on the bowl. I am normally too lazy and I buy them 😀

  • http://www.themarfarmfamily.blogspot.com The Farmers Wife

    Those look amazing! I’ve been contemplating doing taco bowls for awhile now and just haven’t been motivated to actually try them, lol! Now I am!

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Girl that picture gave me such crave for tacos now…Loved the tortillas baskets.

  • H_kazaryan

    WWow this is so creative nd yes d taco shells seem more healthier then d tostada shells… great work. I love all your cooking ideas !

  • http://dimplearts.com/blog Julia @ DimpleArts

    Beautiful salad. Way to go on making your own taco bowl!

  • http://twitter.com/Cookingrookie Cooking Rookie

    What a nice idea!

  • Megan

    I want that for dinner tonight! Looks delicious and so fresh..

  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com/ torviewtoronto

    this looks delicious colourful taco

  • Sweetlifebake

    glad you were able to find the exact cookagain, I never lend my cookbooks either..my mom has taken so many of them, lol I adore taco bowls, they are perfect for a party!!


  • http://www.suzyeats.com Suzy Eats

    the dressing looks yummy!!

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    What a great way to serve a light salad for dinner…I love those tortilla bowls, and I want to make some tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing your words and creativity with me tonight. During good times and bad, your blog always offers me a dose of joy. I hope you have a blessed and happy Sunday, my friend. Hugs from Austin!



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