The Secret

Do you remember when Oprah found out about The Secret and all of a sudden, much like everything Oprah touts, it was everywhere?  I didn’t read the book but I remember watching the show and hearing that the basic premise is, if you put good juju into the universe, if you visualize the things you want, the universe will give them to you.

I think it means if you want people to be nice to you, you have to be nice to people.

I think it means if you want big things, you have to start taking little steps towards getting them.

I think it means if you want Jay Z and Justin Timberlake tickets for your birthday, you have to ask Wooden Nickels to get them, you can’t expect the universe to read your mind.

taco salad

Wait, what?

I’m sorry.

I have never liked salad.  I have always liked ice cream.  But I’ve also never really liked how much I struggle to button my jeans when I’ve over-indulged at the beach for two weeks, so I envisioned myself as someone who liked salads.  Because surely people who like salads never struggle to button their jeans.  Or if they do, only a couple green meals stand between them and squeezing back into their pants.

taco salad 2

I have tried salads on enough occasions that I’ve made them–or the universe has, you pick–palatable.  And when you mix in enough foods I love, to the point that you can barely spot a lettuce leaf in between all that goodness, I even enjoy them.

taco salad 3

Ree posted her chicken taco salad earlier this summer and I dreamed of it every night till I went to work putting it on our (beach) table.

taco salad 4

This salad falls squarely under Option 2 of this post.  It’s the kind of dinner that requires a fair amount of chopping.  If you’re handy with a knife, it won’t take long to get this on your table solo, but why not invite some friends and have them help you?  My husband was sous chef on this one (sorry, SCL, I miss you!) and I loved having a second set of hands to make light work.

taco salad 5

Though I’m including the recipe below, please put your own spin on this.  I’m tagging it as a vegetarian option because Wooden Nickels seemed to like it just fine without the chicken.  My husband and I liked it just fine without the chips, which we completely forgot to add.  Go where the spirit moves you.

To make taco salad for 4, you will need:

For the salad:

  • 1 bunch of your favorite greens (we went with Romaine)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 ears corn, cooked and kernels removed
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 avocados, large diced
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (while on vacation, I bought pre-cooked)
  • 1/2 C shredded cheese of your choice (we had cheddar on hand)
  • 1/2 C chopped cilantro
  • crushed tortilla chips for serving (if you want)

For the dressing:

  • 3 parts Ranch dressing
  • 1 part salsa
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Get a huge bowl out and pile on the lettuce.  Add tomatoes, corn kernels, scallions avocados, chicken, cheese and cilantro.  Give everything a huge toss.

In small bowl, mix dressing by combining all ingredients.

Pour over salad and toss.  I’m always cautious with my dressing at first.  Then I toss, taste, and add more if need be.  A word to the wise that this is a situation where you can easily add more dressing, but once poured, it’s quite difficult to add less.

Scoop into individual bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips.

*A note – if you have picky eaters, or people who can’t stand cilantro, you could easily serve this taco salad a la taco night.  Place all the ingredients in bowls and give everyone a bowl full of lettuce.  Let your picky tablemates create the salad of their dreams and everyone goes home happy.


3 thoughts on “The Secret

  1. Or throw it all into a taco shell so it doesn’t scream “SALAD!!!” and tell everyone to eat it or fix their own dinner! This was seriously delicious. I wouldn’t know cilantro if I saw it, so I must have liked the cilantro, too. Your husband’s work on this dish was pure genius. Good job by both of you!

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