Artfully merge the comforting flavors of a traditional taco with a classic Caesar salad, an ideal meal for a family dinner or a friendly gathering. Plus it's also simple enough to whip up for a weekday meal.
The dish starts with a base of crisp, chopped romaine lettuce, mixed with heartily cooked plant-based crumbles that are seasoned with a warm taco spice blend. The salad gets a protein boost from the inclusion of rich black beans, while pickled red onions offer a tangy counterpoint to the salad's earthy elements. The creaminess of ripe avocado complements the savory, thinly shaved parmesan, and loosely packed cilantro leaves add a fresh, herbaceous note to the mix.
To bring all the ingredients together, a creamy homemade Caesar dressing is prepared with a base of tangy sour cream and buttermilk, brightened with a splash of lemon juice, and flavored with fresh minced garlic. Seasonings of salt, black pepper, and optional cayenne pepper are added to the dressing for an extra kick.
Before serving, the salad is topped with crunchy corn tortilla chips, adding a delightful textural contrast to the crisp lettuce and creamy avocado. The result is a salad that's bursting with a variety of flavors and textures, celebrating the best elements of both taco and Caesar salad in a refreshing and satisfying way. Enjoy this recipe as a main course or as a side dish to a Mexican-inspired dinner.