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I grew up in a really small town, we’re talking population ~300, and our church had potlucks all the time. Is that just a small town thing?? Anyways, one dish I remember absolutely loving was Catalina Taco Salad. I haven;t thought about that dish in a looooong time but I was at WalMart the other day and guess what I saw?? Catalina Dressing!! It was fate. I grabbed a bottle and whipped up my version of a Catalina Taco Salad that day.
Catalina Dressing is the perfect mix of sweet but not too sweet with a little twang. I honestly haven’t thought about it until I saw it and just knew I needed to make this salad.
There are a lot of ingredients you could put into it but there are five things you absolutely must have. Those five things are romaine lettuce, taco meat, pinto beans, Fritos, and Catalina Dressing. Everything else is just want you want to go in there. Before you think the Fritos are weird you will just have to trust me on this one, they give the salad a nice crunch!
For my salad I chose cheddar cheese and red onions. Other things I would have put in there but didn’t have at the moment are fire roasted corn and cucumbers. You could totally put whatever other veggies you want in too like olives, tomatoes, bell peppers, whatever!! That’s what I love about a salad, you can literally make it whatever you want.
When I made this I kept the lettuce in one bowl, the taco meat in another, and the veggies and cheese in another. This way nothing went “bad” when I put it away and I could just mix in what I wanted each time I made it. I also kept the Catalina Dressing and Fritos separate.
For the full Catalina Taco Salad recipe check out the bottom of this post.
Have you ever made Catalina Taco Salad??
What’s your favorite salad??