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!
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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes says
The Burrito salad looks lovely!
Megan @ Weddings and Workouts says
MMMM yum! I’m not surprised you’re addicted 🙂 Mexican food is def one of my favs
Adding Guac and Salsa to salad is one of my fave things! Mmmm!
isn’t it SO GOOD! better than dressing in my opinion!
Julie (@ROJRunning) says
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. ( ;
Alicia at Poise in Parma says
Yup this is my kind of salad! I wish CLE had a burrito food truck. Now I seriously want some guac…
Linz @ Itz Linz says
Yesss! I love burrito bowls! Whenever I do go to Chipotle or Qdoba or someplace like that, I always get the “naked burrito.”
Gina (The Candid RD) says
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!
fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market are one of the best parts of summer!
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!
Paige @ Running Around Normal says
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!
Kris @ www.kris-lawrence.com says
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.
haha. you’ll have to practice rationing it out over a couple meals! that’s what i try to do 🙂
Heather (Where's the Beach) says
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 Montgomery says
it is pretty! I love mexican food ha!
Jaren @ Kiwi Fit Blog says
Mexican food is always a win! I love making healthy fajita salads!
This looks AMAZING! The roasted sweet potatoes are such a great addition!
definitely try adding the sweet potato! definitely kicks things up a notch 🙂
I LOVE taco/burrito salads!! they are one of my favorites too and I prefer it over a burrito anyday!
Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health says
That looks so tasty!! I always love the burrito salad bowl things I get at Chipotle!
Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) says
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!
Yellow Haired Girl says
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 🙂
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
This just solidified dinner tonight. Love burrito bowls!
Debbie @ Live from La Quinta says
That looks yummy. I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!
woohoo! hope they were delicious!
Siobhan @ SiobhanMcCarthy.ca says
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…
yay! hope you enjoyed them 🙂
Amanda @RunToTheFinish says
I have been on a crazy southwestern kick lately and I’m salivating just thinking abou this. 🙂
Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life says
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!!
sweet potatoes go great with black beans. always 🙂
Heather @ Better With Veggies says
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. 🙂
Kelly Runs on Cake says
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!
Anything with avocado or guacamole is a WIN in my book. Great post/photos!
i agree. would you believe i used to hate guacamole?!
Dusty @ Running to Healthy says
That salad looks yummy!
[email protected] for the Soul says
ah, I love me some “clean” salad. The fresh crunch is definitely a must 🙂
for sure! i’m all about the crunch 🙂
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
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!
you should definitely make your own! so easy!!
Sarah @ Fit Betty says
Yummy this looks so good and healthy! How cool would that be to have friends over for a Burrito Salad Bar? : )
that would be an epic party!
Talia @ Bite Size Wellness says
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!
awesome! let me know what you think! my hubby loves them!
[email protected] says
*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. 🙂
Leonor @FoodFaithFitness says
The pineapple is an interesting addition. Looks good!
it adds some nice sweetness and a juicy aspect that i love 🙂
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate says
Can you call this a “burrito” with no tortilla? That’s the best part for me!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
I love burrito salads! YUM!!
Elle @ nutritionella says
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.
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
MCM Mama says
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.
love the idea as using salsa as a dressing of sorts!
Rachael @ Ready to Get Sweaty says
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!
oooh love the quinoa addition!
MAAAADE THIS FOR THE CHILD!!
Kick ass! I could totally go for some of that right now. I’m broke though so I will have to settle for eggs. 🙁