12/1/10

frito salad


More quick and easy recipes? You got it. Here is one of my favorites when I have zero time and ZERO willpower to create a meal. This one might come in handy for everyone during this busy holiday season? It's a snap to make, literally minutes to make. And if you layer the ingredients as I did, it is very appealing to the eyes. It's not so appealing when it's mixed--tasty though. So if you have fussy kids and want to get them to eat more veggies, trust me this will work. Once they see how colorful and appealing it is I guarantee they will dig into it, Plus it has Fritos in it.
Remember eating this as a kid? When did it first come out? 1973?

frito salad

Cook notes: you could easily swap out the Fritos for a more healthlier chip like multi grain corn chips, add in corn, add in peppers, etc...the possibilities are endless. Leftovers don't keep well as the chips get soggy

Frito Salad
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1 – 2 bags of chopped mixed greens (or iceberg)
Grated carrots
1/2 bag Fritos, Regular size (or jumbo size crushed a bit)
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 can of black olives, drained, rinsed & chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 pound of hamburg cooked and seasoned with taco seasonings
1-2 large tomatoes, diced
1-2 Avocados, sliced
1 btl. Catalina Salad Dressing

Cook hamburg until done, add in a taco seasoning packet along with the required amount of water. Let cool a bit.

Then layer your individual salad plates as such:
Lettuce
carrots
Corn chips
Kidney beans
Black olives
Onions
Hamburg
Tomatoes
Avocado, layered on the side so it can be seen.
Just when you are ready to serve add on the Catalina dressing.

Add in whatever you want really. Leftovers do not keep well. But I’m sure this will be gone in one night.

35 comments:

  1. now this is my kind of salad! i love fritos...they're so addicting. i can only imagine how it would be with all of those incredible toppings too!

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  2. Fabulous! I love a good taco-ish salad. I bet the avocado totally makes this. Delicious!

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  3. I never had this as a kid! I'll have to make it for dinner and make up for lost time.

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  4. I cannot remember the last time I had this!

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  5. I saw the title of this post and was like, "Huh?" but I'm loving this idea. My husband's family makes something similar and they call it "Mock Enchiladas." I like your title better AND the fact that you use Fritos. Classic!

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  6. I haven't had fritos in FOREVER. What a throwback. Love it. I mean, who doesn't like eating junk food for dinner. And being able to call it healthy!

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  7. Now this is a salad that I can get behind.

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  8. I love catalina dressing on taco salads. Now I might have to make this some night this week.

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  9. I have never had this - nor have I had chili poured into a frito bag but that doesnt mean I wont try it - it looks pretty damn good!

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  10. Swap the fritos for something healthier?! Heck no!

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  11. Oh, yum! It's been ages since I've had Fritos ... so long in fact that I don't know if I can buy them in the province I live in. I think I just might have to wander off and discover if there are any here!

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  12. Dawn, I'm all in! This is the first course on the way to a Frito Pie!

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  13. Looks like I'll be making this tomorrow night! Thanks!!!

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  14. that salad looks delicious! my mom made something all the time when we were growing up. yum!

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  15. Oh yes! This is right up my alley! I love Catlina on my taco salads too, as someone mentioned. I love ALL of the chunky veggies and spices~ mmmm!

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  16. Layered dishes with a little bit of everything in em are so my style :-)

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  17. this was a friday night staple at my house growing up, except we called them "haystacks" HA!

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  18. wow, fritos! haven't had one of those in... gosh, don't know! this looks awesome though :) and now i'm craving a taco salad!

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  19. Frito salad was a STAPLE when I was growing up.

    It is so simple but so satisfying and I still make it to this day when I want to go old school and delicious for dinner.

    Thanks for posting!

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  20. hey! just found your blog for the first time, and had to comment that my husband is a salad HATER but he grew up on this salad, and it's the only one he'll eat! you have a few good ideas for it that i can't wait to try next time i make this! thanks for sharing :)

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  21. i love your savory quick meals!

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  22. Oh man, this salad sounds delicious! Definitely giving it a try soon!

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  23. this gives salads a bad name, and for that reason alone, i love it. :)

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  24. Fritos are a much for taco salad!

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  25. Yes, I do remember these from way back but yours looks much better. Can I have one of the cookies for dessert? Please? Just 3? Maybe 4?

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  26. I used to crunch up fritos into my caesar salad when I didn't have croutons. hehehe... You've just brought back memories.

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  27. This look absolutely amazing and delicious! gloria
    Im following you right now!

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  28. Here are my top two junk food treats; Fritos and Oreos. So you know I am loving this salad idea. And since I havent had a Frito in ... I dunno 8 years... sincerely... I think this is a fine excuse to purchase a small bag. 'Cause you know if I purchase the big bag I might just eat the whole dang thang.

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  29. Hi Dawn, I like the flare!! And healthy too!!

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  30. we grew up eating this and we called it haystacks... always so much better with aguacate, too! lovely looking.

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  31. You KNOW I will love this salad... I love every single ingredient.

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  32. I've never seen salad look better :)

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  33. An old roommate of my sister's introduced us to this salad. I haven't had it in at least five years. Absolutely delicious!

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