Burrito Salad

Hi Friends!

Let’s talk about my new favorite salad:


Like I mentioned yesterday, last weekend I went on a little streak where I ate the same meal several times in a row. And you know what? It was delicious all three times.

It started on Saturday. Hubby and I went to a festival downtown where there were a lot of food trucks and some local bands playing. I decided to eat at The Burrito Bus:

I chose the burrito bowl and it was great! It was a bit pricy, but I loved that the black beans were rinsed, instead of swimming in sauce, plus the onions were raw and crunchy, the jalapenos were fresh and the salsa was  super spicy!

It was so good that I found myself craving something similar for a late dinner when we got home.  So I made one. But I turned mine into more of a salad by adding a large lettuce base. I really enjoy the fillings in most burritos but I’m not always crazy about eating a giant burrito. Putting the fillings on a bed of lettuce is the perfect solution for me! Then I can eat some as a salad and also scoop some up with tortilla chips!

For my dinner burrito salad I started with Farmer’s Market lettuce. I added brown rice and black beans. I also roasted some sweet potatoes and added those. I chopped up some red peppers, tomatoes and onions and added those…and to top everything off I added grilled pineapple and some homemade guac!

This is definitely quickly becoming one of my favorite summer dinners. It’s light and fresh but also packed with nutrients!

Sunday night I had a lot of leftovers so I pulled them all out to make a quick dinner for hubby and I:

Hubby got his version in a tortilla as an actual burrito. Turns out that was a mistake. He made it quite clear that he would have rather had the salad version like me. Whoops! Live and learn :)

Mine looked pretty much the same as Saturday night’s version:

So pretty. Annnnnnnnnnd now all this talk has me craving another one!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. The Burrito salad looks lovely!
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes recently posted..Helping You Find Healthy

  2. MMMM yum! I’m not surprised you’re addicted :-) Mexican food is def one of my favs
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  3. Adding Guac and Salsa to salad is one of my fave things! Mmmm!
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  4. I am such a lover of Mexican food and ever since I discovered/confirmed the healthy of beans and brown rice and tomatoes and veggies in general I have NO issues with scrapping up a bowl of two a week. ( ;
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  5. Yup this is my kind of salad! I wish CLE had a burrito food truck. Now I seriously want some guac…
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  6. Yesss! I love burrito bowls! Whenever I do go to Chipotle or Qdoba or someplace like that, I always get the “naked burrito.”
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Thursday Thoughts

  7. Yum yum!
    I just bought a can of refried beans, in hopes of making some type of burrito bowl/salad. And now that the tomatoes are getting more fresh, it’s even more exciting!
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  8. I LOVE making fajita salads with sauteed peppers and onions on top with fresh grilled spiced up chicken and a sprinkle of mexican cheese — and then I use greek yogurt as my “sour cream” on the side. SO GOOD! But I LOVE your take on a mexican salad, especially the roasted sweet potato and pineapple! YUM!
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  9. I was wondering how this would be different from a taco salad…duhh more stuff in it! Love the addition of the rice :) Looks yummy!
    Paige @ Running Around Normal recently posted..Post-Workout Protein Choices

  10. So amazing! I never buy avocados because I am the only one in the house that eats them and I’m afraid I would eat an entire one in one sitting. Is that bad? lol.
    Kris @ http://www.kris-lawrence.com recently posted..Track Fail

  11. Yum that’s totally something I’d throw together. Sometimes I’ll do that if we’re having fajitas and I really just want the filling and not so much the wraps 😉
    Heather (Where’s the Beach) recently posted..Breaking Rules, Lifting Weights & Blah

  12. it is pretty! I love mexican food ha!
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  13. Mexican food is always a win! I love making healthy fajita salads!
    Jaren @ Kiwi Fit Blog recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday #6

  14. This looks AMAZING! The roasted sweet potatoes are such a great addition!
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  15. I LOVE taco/burrito salads!! they are one of my favorites too and I prefer it over a burrito anyday!
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  16. That looks so tasty!! I always love the burrito salad bowl things I get at Chipotle!
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Opening Up

  17. We eat these (or what I call burrito bowls with a base of black beans and brown rice) at least once a week! In fact, it’s on tonight’s menu 😉 Love ’em!
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) recently posted..My New Exercise Plan

  18. Yum! Burrito bowls … or big mess bowls, as I tend to call them … are one of my faves! I like eating them in the summer. So light, cool and refreshing! This looks delicious :)
    Yellow Haired Girl recently posted..Whazzzup?!

  19. This just solidified dinner tonight. Love burrito bowls!
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  20. That looks yummy. I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!
    Debbie @ Live from La Quinta recently posted..Marathon Training: Getting Faster, Part 3

  21. All that talk is making me crave a burrito salad! And it really does look delicious!! I think I know what’s on the dinner menu tonight…
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  22. I have been on a crazy southwestern kick lately and I’m salivating just thinking abou this. :)

  23. I will be enjoying a similar version at Qdoba today for lunch! Topped with mango salsa. Mmmmmm!! And I’m going to make another one this weekend with lettuce from our garden :) I never would have thought to put sweet potatoes on there (don’t usually think of them as “mexican”)… but what a great idea!!
    Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life recently posted..New Features: PRINT & PIN-IT + {Citrus Pancakes}

  24. Sounds awesome – look at all those veggies! Love big salads like this that you can really be creative, but still have a theme. Mexican salads are some of my favorite. :)
    Heather @ Better With Veggies recently posted..Sprigs Banjees Wrist Wallet for Running

  25. Oooh this looks sooo good. I love taking dishes I like and turning them into salads – sure, it’s usually not as good as the original, but it’s usually pretty darn delicious for being a healthy imitation!
    Kelly Runs on Cake recently posted..Happy Hour: Strawberry Margarita (126 calories)

  26. Anything with avocado or guacamole is a WIN in my book. Great post/photos!
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  27. That salad looks yummy!
    Dusty @ Running to Healthy recently posted..Clearance Rack Junkie

  28. ah, I love me some “clean” salad. The fresh crunch is definitely a must :)
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  29. Yum! I love getting the vegetarian burrito bowl at Chipotle, and this reminds me a lot of it. I really want to start making my own, homemade burrito bowls. I don’t think it would be that hard, and it would be a lot cheaper!
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..Ben and Jerry know what’s up.

  30. Yummy this looks so good and healthy! How cool would that be to have friends over for a Burrito Salad Bar? : )
    Sarah @ Fit Betty recently posted..Single-Serving Protein Pancakes

  31. I get in moods where I can eat the same thing everyday and be perfectly happy with that….Mexican also being a top pick of mine.
    PS I went and got the Morning Star buffalo chicken wings thanks to you…looking forward to trying them out!
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  32. *Love* all the beautiful colors! I’ve been having streaks where I’m craving and eating the same thing for a couple of days in a row. Luckily it’s not ice cream – though summer creates an intense, constant desire for ice cream in me. :)
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  33. The pineapple is an interesting addition. Looks good!
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  34. Can you call this a “burrito” with no tortilla? That’s the best part for me!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Friday Favorites

  35. I love burrito salads! YUM!!

  36. I get a burrito bowl similar to that almost every day at the hospital for lunch! It satisfies just like a burrito & I can eat it without any guilt since it’s minus the calories & carbs of a flour tortilla.
    Elle @ nutritionella recently posted..oh, portobello.

  37. when I lived in TX I was obsessed with this burrito place called “free birds” the place has these MASSIVE, gigantic burritos – but I would always rip off the tortilla & ask for extra lettuce. LOL soooo yummi. I’m a sucker for any mexican themed food
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  38. Looks yummy! I often throw salsa on my salad, even if nothing else on it is Mexican. It just adds such a burst of flavor without a huge amount of calories.
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  39. I had this exact (minus the guac & cheese and add in plain chobani) meal three times last week. I also added in some quinoa and it was delish! It is definitely one of those default, but delish meals!
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    she loved.
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  41. Kick ass! I could totally go for some of that right now. I’m broke though so I will have to settle for eggs. :(


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