Taco Salad Whole30 Compatible

You will love this taco salad whole 30 style!

I am excited to share with you a delicious taco salad recipe that I put together while attempting whole30. Although I usually don’t like “diets” of any kind, I recently decided to participate in thirty days of the whole30 program with some friends.  I didn’t make it through the whole 30 days but this salad became a go-to whole30 recipe that I have continued to make even while off the diet.

This salad is relatively quick to make, fresh, and delicious. If you are not doing whole30, I still recommend this salad, just add in some of your fave cheese as well…. Feel free to make any additions that you want to this salad; it would be great with jalapeno, corn, red bell pepper, olives, etc.

Ingredients for Taco Salad Whole30

Ground Beef Pasture raised organic ground beef is best in this recipe.

Olive Oil use extra virgin!

Avocado should be ripe, but not overripe and browning.

Tomatoes any variety will do, but heirloom or vine-ripened are best!

Lime should be juicy. If you are out of limes, lemon can work as a substitute.

Onion, Garlic and Cilantro add extra flavor and nutrients to this dish!

Taco Salad Whole30 Compatible

Taco Salad by Rainbow Delicious {Paleo + Whole30 Friendly}

Making this taco salad whole30 style is so simple! First, you will saute the onions and garlic in some olive oil. Next, you will add the ground beef and cook until fully browned and cook through. Set aside.

In serving bowl, add the prepared romaine lettuce, seasoned ground beef, chopped tomatoes, avocado and cilantro. Squeeze some fresh lime juice and a little olive over the top as your dressing and enjoy immediately! Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

whole 30 taco salad
5 from 8 votes

Taco Salad Whole30 Compatible

Healthy whole30 compatible taco salad with seasoned ground beef, romaine, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and lime juice.

Course lunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword avocado, cumin, garlic, green onion, ground beef, lime, sun-dried tomatoes, taco salad, whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 506 kcal


  • 6 C romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 to matoes large diced
  • 2 avocados cubed
  • 1/4 red onion thinly diced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro leaves
  • 2 limes quartered
  • olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1-2 t chili powder to taste
  • 1/2 t coriander
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat 1 T olive oil in skillet until bubbling and then saute onion for five minutes or until soft. Add minced garlic cloves, spices and 1 t salt and saute for another 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in the ground beef, breaking it up with wooden spoon until no longer pink, between 5-10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Prepare salad by placing chopped romaine, diced tomatoes, cubed avocados, red onion and cilantro leaves in a serving bowl. drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  3. Pour the taco meat onto the salad, and generously squeeze quartered limes over the salad. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

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Nutrition Facts
Taco Salad Whole30 Compatible
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 284
% Daily Value*
Fat 31.5g48%
Saturated Fat 7.4g46%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 1384mg40%
Carbohydrates 21.2g7%
Fiber 10.3g43%
Sugar 5.1g6%
Protein 38.5g77%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 26mg144%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Wow, does this sound delicious! We hardly eat salads anymore, since lettuce is so hard to find here–but this sure makes me crave one!

  2. Randi Salko says

    Looks healthy and yummy!

  3. I too, am not a diet fan. However this “style” of eating is right up my alley! Your taco salad is stunning and I’d actually love to dive right in! xo Nic

    • Glad you like this style of eating and hope you get a chance to try it out for yourself. Thanks, Nic!

  4. This looks sooo good! Love the site as well!

  5. This looks fantastic, perfect for the BBQ season! Great to celebrate with friends, love it!

  6. This looks delicious! I actually love naturally grain-free meals – more of the good stuff!

  7. This looks so yummy! Can not wait to add this to my list of things to make! Thank you for posting!

  8. This looks amazing! Adding cheese would definitely be a great addition 🙂 Pinning!

  9. Pinned this amazing looking salad! I love taco salad but this one takes the cake! Thank you for sharing!! xx

  10. This is so weird but Pinterest won’t pin that image – stating that it’s too small. I want to save this for later because it looks so darn delicious!!

  11. Your blog is seriously just so cute. Love it!. Thanks for this great recipe.

  12. I LOVE taco salad! Thanks for the recipe; I gotta add this to my rotation!

  13. I love taco salads of all kinds … this one looks so fresh and healthy!

  14. This looks so delicious and perfect for an outdoor picnic!

  15. Jeanatte says

    Looka yummy! I’ll be subbing the meat for me, but regardless, still looks great! Great for parties!

  16. LOVE THIS! I might sub ground turkey. 🙂

  17. Yum, this looks fantastic, love the colours!

  18. This looks perfect, yum!

  19. Christina says

    Looks great! I’m interested in what the Whole30 is!

    • Thanks, Christina! Whole30 is a fascinating trend right now. It didn’t end up working out too well for me, but I have friends who have had great luck with it.

  20. This sounds so great. Anything with the word taco in it, grabs my attention, immediately. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  21. We love taco salad! We are not following the Whole30 trend, but we love lean and tasty Mexican-inspired dishes!

    • I’m no longer following whole 30 either, but I’d still eat this dish any day too 🙂 Thanks, Cathy!

  22. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily says

    I agree, diets don’t work but making healthier choices do. Like this taco salad, it’s a perfect busy weeknight healthy supper!

    • Thanks, Gwen! Totally, I’m so much happier when I just make sensible food choices with the occasional splurge, than when I try to limit my food intake with a diet.

  23. 5 stars
    Love how simple this is! Plus, totally healthy and would work perfectly with ground turkey, too!

  24. I love the rainbow of colors and flavors in this salad. It is perfect for lunch today.

  25. This salad looks so yummy and colorful. I am such a fan of taco salad and your recipe looks so healthy.

  26. Lovely presentation for a classic! Great pics.

  27. Such a lovely recipe, well done…

  28. This taco looks FANTASTIC!!! Best of luck for the 30 day diet!!! Let us know the results!

  29. Hey, this looks so good. How many should this serve for lunch?

  30. 5 stars
    This salad was soo flavorful and refreshing! Yumm! I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipe! 😊

  31. 5 stars
    Just tried this recipe & the flavoring of the beef was very good! Thanks!

  32. This recipe is a great dinner option! I also love how colorful your page is!

  33. I need this salad right now! I’m back on Whole30!

  34. Catherine Brown says

    Wow, a composed taco salad! That’s beautiful. Love those large chunks of tomato and lime wedges!

  35. Noel Lizotte says

    Yay Taco Salad! #TacoTuesday never looked so good! i’m going to make this dish this week … can’t wait!

  36. Taco salad is then best! I love all of the ingredients in this one!

  37. This salad looks SO tasty! And certainly a salad that will fill me up — with delicious flavors!

  38. 5 stars
    Now this is my kind of salad. It looks sooo delicious. Trying it for sure.

  39. Jacque Hastert says

    5 stars
    This sounds incredibly delicious and perfect switch to Taco Tuesday! I can’t wait to make this next week.

  40. 5 stars
    This salad looks so dang tasty and full of flavor! I’ll definitely be incorporating this into our meal rotation!

  41. 5 stars
    Definitely going on my list of salads – and I love that it’s Whole30 compliant!

  42. 5 stars
    Delicious! My kids claimed that they will eat their salad if it’s always like this. 🙂

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