Taco Salad with Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing + a Skinny Blog Hop

I wasn’t sure whether to call this a Southwestern salad, a taco salad, a tortilla salad, or some combination of the three – a Southwestern taco tortilla salad? Whatever you want to call it, it is dee-licious. The tortilla bowl is optional, but who doesn’t love a good tortilla bowl? There’s something fun and playful about getting to the end of your meal and eating your bowl. They’re super easy to make and don’t require any special equipment (of course they sell tortilla bowl makers, but why?!).

Southwestern Taco Salad with Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing from KatherineMartinelli.com

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This salad is packed with fresh ingredients, flavor, and nutrients – and it’s so filling to boot! Roasted sweet potatoes (high in beta carotin and vitamin A), black beans (high in fiber and protein), corn (a good source of fiber and vitamin C), avocado (full of good-for-you good fats), tomatoes (a great source of antioxidants, as well as vitamins A and C), and lean roasted chicken combine for one exciting salad. And I haven’t even gotten to the dressing yet.

Southwestern Taco Salad with Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing from KatherineMartinelli.com

I wanted a ranch-style dressing for this colorful salad, but didn’t want all the calories that a sour cream and mayonnaise-based dressing would yield. So I did what I always do when looking to make my recipes healthy while keeping them creamy (like in this penne vodka) – I used Greek yogurt! Combined with buttermilk, garlic, scallions, and chipotle in adobo this dressing is a luxurious texture with a slightly spicy, smoky, tangy flavor. It’s so good! Use a little less buttermilk to keep it thick enough to be a dip.

Southwestern Taco Salad with Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing from KatherineMartinelli.com

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Taco Salad with Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing
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This Southwestern-inspired taco salad in a fun and edible tortilla bowl is a hearty, healthy meal. You can use any dressing you wish, but the skinny chipotle ranch is low in calories yet decadent and packed with flavor.
Recipe Type: Salad
Yield: 4 servings
Tortilla Bowls:
  • 4 (10-inch) soft tortillas
Taco Salad:
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 20 onces romaine or other lettuce
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 (15½-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup chopped chives/spring onions
  • ½ pound roasted or rotisserie chicken, shredded (optional)
Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing (Makes 1 cup):
  • 1 chile chipotle in adobo, plus 1 teaspoon adobo liquid
  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 3 cloves garlic
For the Tortilla Bowls:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Put each tortilla inside an ovenproof metal bowl so it fills the inside and molds to the shape of the bowl (if the tortillas are a little stale put them in the microwave or oven for a minute to soften them).
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crispy and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing. It should keep the shape of the bowl.
For the Taco Salad:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Roast the sweet potatoes until softened and cooked through, about 1 hour (or microwave). (I like to roast a few sweet potatoes at once and then use them throughout the week in salads.)
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before chopping into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Either toss all the salad ingredients in a salad bowl and transfer to tortilla bowls, or layer directly in the tortilla bowl. Top with Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing and serve.
Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing:
  1. Put the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste. Serve, or store in a cruet in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Make vegetarian and kosher dairy by omitting the chicken. Make gluten free simply by omitting the tortilla bowls (still delicious, I promise) - or use GF corn tortillas.

55 thoughts on “Taco Salad with Skinny Chipotle Ranch Dressing + a Skinny Blog Hop

  1. Lisa

    What a whopper of a skinny salad! I love the combination of veggies in the tortilla bowl, ‘and’ that dressing sounds phenomenal – a great kick with the chipotle! To me, this is a treat – I’d never think ‘diet’ when eating it! Beautiful clicks too!

  2. Linda

    Looks delicious! Great idea for a “Skinny link-up” this week 😉 I’ll check in regularly for new links as I’m forever riding the yo-yo with my weight.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Willow

    What a great idea to use yogurt in your dressing! Sounds incredible.
    Also, I linked up! Thanks again for hosting the hop – I always mean to participate but I’ve been so busy lately. Glad I could join in on this one! 🙂

  4. mjskit

    I don’t care what you call it – it looks great! I love making salads in a tortilla bowl! With the baking process for the tortilla, I don’t feel the least bit guilty at the end munching down on the bowl. Great ingredients and I love the chipotle dressing! Thanks for hosting another wonderful hop!

  5. Kimberly

    Oh! I love how you photographed the “salad building” … go great!

    And I will definitely try this dressing too … it sounds wonderful!

  6. Shut Up & Cook

    One of the reason’s I love your blog Katherine is because you take yummy, indulgent, iconic foods and make them glamorous. I would never think to do a taco salad, but this certainly makes me want to!

  7. Linda

    What a delightful combination of healthy foods. Any thoughts on a dairy-free dressing for the salad?

  8. Liz

    LOL, I had to do a bit of searching to find a healthy recipe on my blog 🙂 I LOVE your salad…a traditional taco salad has way too many calories!

  9. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    Your salad looks amazing and I love the step-by-step photos showing its assembly! I love doing recipe makeovers on my blog, I call them “Recipe Resuscitations.” I’ll share a few with you including my Southwest Shepherd’s Pie. Thanks for hosting such a great blog hop!

  10. Robin from Israel

    Looks delicious! Have you found nonfat Greek yogurt here in Israel? I’ve only ever seen the full fat 9%. Any thoughts on which of the local nonfat yogurts would work well? I tend to just use plain 0% yogurt, but it’s fairly watery and the taste is meh.

    • Katherine

      Thanks Robin! I haven’t found Greek yogurt that I like period in Israel. I also get the 0% regular yogurt then sometimes go through the extra step of straining it through cheesecloth or even a coffee filter so it is thicker and to my liking. I’ve been really happy with the 5% buffalo yogurt that I get at Eden Teva or the health food store (I forget what the brand is called but they also sell buffalo mozzarella) and the package is red and white). I like the flavor and it’s the thickest yogurt I have found.

    • Katherine

      Hmm great question Tara! I’ll start including something, great idea. Here it is!


  11. Ann

    Just linked up my favorite breakfast–baked oatmeal–and look forward to checking out some of the others. I see a bunch that look quite delicious! Have a great week!

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