Encinitas Beach  Mountain Mama Cooks

My boys and I are finishing up a week long vacation to southern California. We rented a beach front condo and let’s just say it’s been UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE. We’ve spent the majority of our days at the beach, digging for sand crabs and perfecting the art of body surfing. I don’t even like to run yet I find myself running every morning. Partly because I’ve had to take the last two plus months off from vigorous exercise due to my knee that just being able to run has got me giddy. But mostly because the view is stunning and there is nothing quite like breathing in the salty humid air. I love it.

Easy Taco Salad  Mountain Mama Cooks

With two kids, eating out isn’t quite as fun as it used to be when it was just my husband and I. So instead ending the day with a stressful dinner out, we’ve been to three farmers markets over the last week and dining at home. I’m happy to do the cooking because we’ve kept it super simple and dining al fresco with a glass (or two) of wine while watching the Olympics is a darn near perfect evening in my book. Night before last, I made a taco salad that was just too good not to share. It’s so simple and seriously takes only 10 minutes to make. 15 if you add time it took to make the dressing. I used tried and true recipe for simple ground beef tacos and threw it over a salad of local produce. The Creamy Tomatillo Dressing comes from my good friend Kalyn over at Kalyn’s Kitchen. Feel free to use what you like but here’s how I made my salad.

  • a mix of romaine lettuce and baby spinach
  • sliced seedless Japanese cucumber
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • fresh pineapple
  • shredded purple cabbage
  • shucked fresh corn
  • sliced yellow bell pepper
  • seasoned organic extra lean ground beef
  • creamy tomatillo dressing

Serve with some chips and salsa and a cold glass of sauvignon blanc.

Enjoy!!!

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12 Responses to Beach Living + a 10 Minute Taco Salad

  1. Karista says:

    Kelley, sounds like you and your family are having a wonderful time at the beach. The addition of pineapple in the taco salad is brilliant! How delicious! Happy Vaca 🙂

  2. Heather says:

    What a fun time at the beach! So wish I was there 🙂

  3. Krista says:

    What a wonderful idea for a quick dinner while on vacation! It sounds like you are having a great time. I hope you enjoy every last second…minus the packing.

  4. Kalyn says:

    That’s funny because I was looking at the dressing and thinking it sounded good! Your salad sounds great (you had me at purple cabbage.) So glad you are having a good time!

  5. Kristen says:

    So after two mountain vacations in a row, I’m wondering if maybe I’m a mountain girl instead of the beach girl I thought I was! But now, your photos make me question all that again. Which would you choose?

  6. Love this kind of vacation! so relaxing. I love to eat out, but eating in away from home is just as special! Enjoy!

  7. Aggie says:

    Love that you are going to farmers markets instead of restaurants for dinner!! I totally get that. This salad looks perfect. And so does your vacation. (those yellow peppers made me swoon!)

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