🥘 IngredientsYou'll need the following salad ingredients to make this low carb taco salad:
- lettuce- any type, but I like to use romaine or leaf lettuce
- tomatoes - any type (I use Roma)
- taco seasoning (I use low sodium)
- canned chicken breast
- sour cream (I use light, but you could use fat-free)
- green onions
- shredded cheddar cheese (I use low-fat)
💭 Top tipPack the taco shells separately (not in the fridge if possible) to prevent them from getting soggy. Then crush them up and add them just before serving! School lunch ideas for teens can be a challenge. Even if they are able to make their own, they don't always prepare and I often get the panicked 7:00 AM, "Mom, what should I take for lunch?!" Mornings are busy, so it needs to be something make-ahead and grab-and-go. And it has to be filling! This taco salad in a jar is packed with healthy ingredients, and totally satisfying and filling enough for my 15-year-old son (I pack a whole taco shell for the kids.)
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Sour cream - you can use light or fat-free or substitute Greek yogurt
- Lettuce - you can use leaf lettuce, head lettuce or romaine lettuce
- Add-ins - squirt on a little lime juice for extra flavor! Add some bell peppers or black-eyed peas, if you desire. You can also use your favorite taco toppings, such as hot sauce
- Canned chicken - if you have cooked/leftover ground meat (ground chicken or ground turkey) you can use that instead. You could also use leftover rotisserie chicken
- Vegetarian - you can make this vegetarian by using canned refried beans
- Tomatoes - use chopped cherry tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes if you like
- Tortillas - you can use a couple of tortilla strips instead of taco shells
🍽EquipmentYou will need 8 oz mason jars (affiliate link) for this layered taco salad recipe.
👪 Serving sizeThis taco salad recipe makes 4 servings (4 -8 oz jars). If you want to make more or less, then simply click the blue serving size on the recipe card, select the number of servings and the recipe will adjust accordingly.
🔢WW PointsThis healthy taco salad recipe is Weight Watchers friendly @ 2 WW points.
If you like meal prep, you'll love this delicious salad! You can make this canned chicken taco salad in advance (the night before) and store it in the jar in (or another airtight container) the fridge, so it's perfect to grab and go in the morning!I do not recommend making more than 2 days in advance or you'll end up with soggy salad. Eating food out of mason jars is just all 'round plain fun! Check out my Weight Watchers Healthy Bananas Foster Overnight Oats. This jar recipe also a make-ahead, quick, and convenient grab-and-go meal that's only 5 WW points.
🍰WW friendly lunchbox dessertsHere are some WW friendly portable lunchbox desserts to go with this chicken taco salad:
- Healthy & Light Blueberry Cornbread
- Healthy Applesauce & Spinach Brownies
- No Bake Healthy Chocolate Rocky Road Bars
- Healthy Chocolate Clusters
- Homemade Chocolate Yogurt
🥗 Mason Jar Chicken Taco Salad Recipe
- 3 cups lettuce, chopped
- 3 whole tomatoes
- 1 ½ tablespoon taco seasoning I use low sodium
- 6 teaspoon -of hot water
- 3- 142 g - cans of chicken breast, drained
- 8 tablespoon sour cream
- 8 tablespoon salsa
- ⅓ cup green onion, chopped
- ½ cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
- 1 large taco shell or tortilla chips
- cilantro (optional, if you like and have on hand)
- lime (optional, if you like and have on hand)
- Mix hot water and taco seasoning together to form a paste.
- Mix paste with drained chicken breast, stirring it and breaking mixture up with a fork until well incorporated (will look similar to pulled chicken)
- In 4 -8 oz mason jars, add lettuce to the bottom of the jar, dividing evenly between all 4 jars, then add tomatoes.
- Next add taco flavored chicken breast mixture, dividing evenly by all 4 jars.
- Then add 2 tablespoon of sour cream to each jar, followed by 2 tablespoon of salsa.
- Divide green onions by all 4 jars and add on top of salsa.
- Sprinkle cheese to the top of the salad jar (dividing evenly by 4 jars)
- Garnish with ¼ of a large taco shell or a couple tortilla chips. If packing for lunch, pack the taco shell/tortilla chips separately. Garnish with lime and/or cilantro if you like it and have it on hand)