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Whole30 Taco Salad

A flavorful taco salad that happens to be Whole30, paleo, and low carb. An easy Mexican dinner recipe with seasoned ground meat, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
Course Dinner, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mexican, TexMex
Keyword 30 minutes, paleo, whole30
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 544kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground meat like beef, chicken, or bison
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 8 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes chopped
  • 2 avocados peeled and seeded
  • juice of 1-2 limes divided
  • 1/3 cup red onion chopped, divided
  • cilantro chopped, divided

Cilantro-Lime Ranch

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise See Note for Whole30
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened plain almond milk to thin, See Note for Whole30

Optional Toppings

  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • sliced black olives
  • fresh jalapenos sliced, or pickled jalapenos slices


  • Make the ground meat: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground meat and sprinkle taco seasoning over. Brown completely, crumbling with a wooden or metal spatula to incorporate seasoning.
  • Make the guacamole: Mash the avocados with the juice of 1 lime and salt to taste. Add in half the red onion and cilantro if desired. Stir.
  • Make the pico de gallo: Toss the tomatoes with juice of 1/2-1 lime, salt, the remaining red onion, and a pinch of cilantro, if desired.
  • Make the dressing: Combine all ingredients and whisk. Add more almond milk to reach desired consistency, if needed.
  • Assemble the salad: Divide lettuce evenly between four bowls then top with ground meat, then guacamole and pico de gallo. Garnish with additional toppings as desired then drizzle with cilantro-lime ranch.


Make sure you use Whole30-compliant mayonnaise for this recipe. You can use my Immersion Blender Mayonnaise recipe or try compliant store-bought mayonnaise.
Make sure you use Whole30-compliant almond milk.
7g net carbs. To make keto, you can omit the onion for a lower carb count.


Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 1264mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8949IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 5mg | Net Carbs: 7g