I'm serving Taco Salad to my ladies for our Thursday Mexican Train day and I can't think of what would go good with it, other than Gazpacho Soup. DH and I are perfectly content with just the salad, but I think that it looks like a pretty skimpy lunch to serve just a salad and dessert. I don't think a crusty bread is warranted, do you?
I remember making a Gazpacho Soup several years ago and it wasn't very good. Does anyone here have a good recipe? I'm going to do a search next and see if I can find a recipe that gets a lot of good reviews.
I'm open to any suggestions.
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A taco salad is pretty substantial, especially if you are having a dessert too. I don't think you really need to serve anything with it. I guess you could put a selection of additional toppings out...salsa, avocado or guacamole, cheese, diced tomato...if people wanted to add more to their salad.
I usually serve cornbread, or cornbread muffins (in little clay flower pot bakers). I agree you need to have something else just so it looks party-like.
Ditto what Farm Girl said!
But yes, set out the different toppings. Perhaps a choice of chicken or beef.
Chips and salsa
Don't forget some Mexican candy (pralines) for dessert!
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Are you serving it in a taco shell shaped into a bowl? They're real easy to make and make a pretty presentation. I feel the salad would be substantial, veggie's, meat, cheese, sour cream, avocado and salsa. You can eat the shell which would take the place of bread. I'm curious... what is a Mexican Train Day?, sounds like fun!
I agree -- the salad is really enough but if you don't have a tortilla bowl, I think tortilla chips would be a good accompaniment.
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I put all the ingredients in a large bowl, top it with gently crushed tortilla chips, add the dressing, and mix all the ingredients together. Then I serve immediately.
I copied Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) recipe for Gazpacho and will make it tomorrow so that the flavors have time to blend. If it doesn't turn out to my satisfaction, at least I will have tried. The Taco Salad by itself is quite filling. It's quite good served with sliced bananas on the side. (My Mex. friend taught me that trick, she serves sliced bananas with all her Mex. meals.)
I went grocery shopping today and got everything I need for my menu. I decided to make a batch of homemade vanilla ice cream tomorrow in my Cuisinart ice cream maker to top off the Apricot Pie. I make a cooked custard base which is rich and creamy.
Mexican Train is played with a set of Double Twelve Dominoes. It takes over two hours to play and it's very addictive! There will only be four of us on Thursday, which actually is ideal; but we have played it with as many as 6 people.
Taco salad is an example of a one dish meal, if you consider the tomato is a fruit.
But I think the bananas on the side is a great idea. My only thought would be a few slices or chunks of fresh fruit as a garnish along side the salad.
We had it a few weeks back, it's always good.
You are smart to offer something creamy for dessert, in case the Mexican flavors upset tummies, I always offer yogurt, custard (as in Spanish flan), pudding, ice cream for dessert.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Lurah,
When I serve taco salad I usually do serve a crusty bread, and also big slices of watermelon. One of our family favorite dinners.
Your menu sounds delicious especially the ice cream and pie. Have a fun & delightful afternoon!
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How do you serve the bananas? Don't they turn burn on ya?This message has been edited. Last edited by: nance425,
I chiming in too late here - but I like to serve roasted sweet potatoe slices with Mexican dishes. I toss them with a little olive oil, cumin,garlic,salt and lemon juice and bake in a hot oven until tender. Sometimes dice them instead for faster cooking.
Chiming in even later. I would serve a fresh fruit on the side. It is cool and refreshing. You can try some new flavors with it - guava or mango in with fresh watermelon, cantaloupe and other favorites.
Another option - fried plantain chips.
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