Monday, April 12, 2010

Dinner Tonight: Taco Salad and Raw Falafel

We fell back on a family favorite for dinner tonight. Since we always have cooked beans in the refrigerator I used those to make a quick taco salad. I make these types of salads often because they are easy and very high in nutrition. For the greens I use baby spinach. Salsa is the salad dressing of choice for these salads. I toss the beans, bell pepper, dice celery, green onions and parsley with the salsa and place that on the spinach. A little more salsa is placed on the top of the salad for color. Halved cherry tomatoes are placed along the edges of the salad with a few tortilla chips on top. I omitted olives and avocado since our next dish had plenty of fat.

To go with the salad we had a few raw falafel with a cucumber, tahini and lemon sauce. Dan and I both think the falafel were okay, but it is not my best recipe. So …. I will be posting that recipe once I am happy with it. Sorry guys I don’t want to post a recipe I am thrilled with.

However to go with the falafel I made a quick cucumber sauce in the blender that we did like. It was very fast and here is what I did:

Cucumber, Tahini and Lemon Sauce
Makes approximately 18 tablespoons


5 inches English cucumber, cut into chunks
4 tablespoons sesame seeds (or tahini if you aren’t using a high powered blender)
¼ to ½ fresh lemon juiced and zested
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste


Combine in your blender and process until smooth. This is nice creamy sauce with the unmistakable flavor of sesame.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 20.95
Calories From Fat (64%) - 13.5

Total Fat - 1.61g
Saturated Fat-  0.23g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 12.2mg
Potassium - 30.87mg
Total Carbohydrates - 1.37g
Fiber - 0.39g
Sugar-  0.2g
Protein - 0.67g


This was an easy dinner from things we had in the refrigerator. There are days when that is the best way to go. I like the new cucumber sauce. It will also make a good veggie dip or salad dressing.

Unrelated notes:

I am going to sign off soon to relax before bed. I hope you all had a great Monday. I will chat with you tomorrow. Have a good evening.


  1. Hey there! That salad looks sooooo good. It is Mexican Monday after all and I totally missed the boat tonight. LOL. Sorry the falafel didn't turn out quite as you'd hoped. I know you'll keep at it and perfect it though! Hope you have a great (relaxing) evening.

  2. Heather,

    I started to ask you about what happened to Mexican Monday. Wasn't that your idea? LOL.

    The falafel are okay, but not great. I want them to be great. I am definitely determined to get it right since we love falafel.

    I hope you have a great evening too!

  3. Yep, I was having Pizza Friday and Mexican Monday for a while there. Guess tomorrow I could make up for it with Taco (Salad) Tuesday ;-)

  4. If I could eat tacos every day, I would be a happy girl. I'm happy that Lent is over because I gave up Salsa!

    btw, do you guys use Amazing Grass? I have a giveaway going on for their energy bars, if that's something you wanted to try.

  5. Molly,

    You gave up salsa for lent! I could give up chocolate far easier. I think I eat salsa on my salad almost every day.

    Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway.


  6. This looks awesome!!!!! I love taco salad! I did not know about mexican monday, am I in the loop now?? lol

  7. Brandi,

    Mexican Monday is something that Heather does informally, like her pizza Friday. I was teasing her since I did it (by accident) and she didn't. But maybe we should come up with a theme for one day a week and see who wants to participate. Mexican Monday sounds good to me. I know Heather will be up for it. ;-)


  8. Yep, definitely up for a Mexican Monday. Maybe Thai Thursday.

  9. Heather,

    You were reading my mind. I was thinking Thai Tuesday. Your idea is better since the days aren't back to back.


    What do you think?


  10. I love taco salads! Fresh cilantro mixed in with the lettuce really adds a nice flavor too :-)


  11. Courtney,

    Great point I should have mentioned that. I do the same thing when I have fresh cilantro.



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