Taco Salad, Mediterranean Style; something new – maybe

We all know that I can’t leave a recipe or idea as is.

Tampering, modifying, playing with…. all must be done.

I have always loved Taco Salads, but, while there is an underlying theme with all (or most) taco salads, they are not the same.

Except for that taco shell bowl thing in the US – that seems to be everywhere.  I never found it to be calorie-worthy.

I digress…..

Since there is no set recipe for a proper taco salad, I decided to adapt it to my pantry of the moment.

Salads are the hot weather version of soup – anything (almost) works.

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Taco Salad, Mediterranean Style;

You could skip the rice and add taco chips for a more traditional variation.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: American


  • 8oz (240gr) ground beef
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking brown rice
  • 2/3 cup beef stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quarters
  • 1/4 cup Greek-style black olives
  • 1/4 cup stuffed green lives
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Lettuce – enough for 2 main meal salads
  • 3 tbs fresh oregano, basil or marjoram, chopped
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tbs salad olive oil


  • Cook rice according to package directions – mine takes 16 minutes
  • When done, uncover and remove from heat..
  • Heat 1 tbs oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chili powder, paprika, and sauté briefly (30 seconds).
  • Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, beef, and continue cooking until meat is done. Remove from heat.
  • Make vinaigrette:
  • Mix ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, mustard, and Worcestershire.
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly.
  • Tear the lettuce and put into a large bowl along with the fresh oregano.
  • Add 1/2 of the vinaigrette and toss to coat.
  • Divide and arrange on 2 plates.
  • Divide rice and arrange on lettuce.
  • Top with beef mixture.
  • Divide and add tomatoes, olives and feta to each plate.
  • Drizzle remaining vinaigrette over the top, dividing evenly. Serve.


This is not suitable for making ahead as some of the ingredient are warm.

Keywords: taco salad, summer salads

I found my summer project.

My French teacher would be so pleased….

I’m going to update this blog.

I decided it was looking rather dated and needs some tarting up.

Maybe I’ll add constantly rotating photos in a carousel across the top.

Random recipes instead of the current post on the home page could be fun and exciting.

And maybe I’ll change the font color to a really pale gray.

I do want to be in fashion, now… Don’t I?

Criticism will be accepted…. Constructive criticism, please.

Now I have to go wash the lettuce for tonight’s salad.

7 thoughts on “Taco Salad, Mediterranean Style; something new – maybe”

  1. Please don’t change things. These tired eyes wouldn’t cope with less color and to be honest, blogs with rotating header pictures trigger my migraines. There are a lot of places I don’t visit anymore because they thought they were being ‘fashionable’. And I know you’re kidding. You are kidding…

    I love salads in the hot weather and wouldn’t you know, we went from mid 50’s to high 80’s in two days. *sigh*

    • I hate the ‘soft gray’ colors that are everywhere…. even this comment as I type. But I can’t figure out how to change it. I’m always torn between just clicking away and leaving a scathing comment on those sites lol I leave.
      I think a lot of them don’t know how to properly calibrate their monitors lol

    • The way to change the type color is in the style sheet which is under Appearance/Editor and then you’d have to search for the font color to change it. There are several tutorials out there for it. Not very hard at all to do 🙂

      • That will change it for the stuff controlled by the theme, but not by the plugins that override the theme….. I think. And changing fonts / color is easy in a post. I started using a recipe plugin, and I don’t know (yet) if I can even access the code. I doubt it. And they say they ‘use styles compatible with your blog’ whatever that means. There are not even font / color options on the plugin. Actually, there isn’t even a choice for capital letters…. I hate losing control.
        But Google now wants mark-up to enable voice. I’m tired of getting emails from Google listing my errors – that weren’t errors 6 months ago, but are now. I’ve done the mark-up myself for 5 years….

        • And just like that I got an answer to my question about changing styles on the plugin…. At least one of the templates can be changed with CSS.
          It would just be easier to offer the option – it’s not that tough. I do it on my 2 sites (not blogs)

  2. Please don’t make the font lighter – those of us with older eyes can’t see it! But I’m sure anything else you do will be fine. 🙂

    • Those ‘lovely, soft gray fonts’ make me want to put my fist through my monitor. I have to restrain myself from hurling down curses on their heads.
      Sadly, a lot of this is getting way too ‘user-friendly’ and won’t allow changes, which is why I resisted for so long. I hate stuff I can’t get in and tweak myself

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