Simple Taco Salad (paleo & gluten-free)

The spices pop in this simple taco salad and the beef and guac make it so that no dressing is needed. Also, I added some slivered almonds to substitute the crunch of tortillas that traditional taco salads have.

The nopalitos in this dish add great acidity and balance. Note: When they come straight out of the jar, nopalitos are sliced long. My girls won’t eat them this way ~ it’s a visual thing. But, when I dice them up, they love them!

Simple Taco Salad

Simple Taco Salad (paleo & gluten-free)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons taco spice
  • homemade guacamole
  • 4 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves (or preferred greens)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced nopalitos
  • 4 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • 1 lime, quartered


  1. In a cast iron skillet, heat ground beef, onion, taco spice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook until ground beef is cooked.
  2. Mix guacamole ingredients while beef mixture is cooking.
  3. Divide ingredients on four separate plates. Give each a quick squeeze of lime before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

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