Tostada Salad is full of fresh ingredients that are good for you! This recipe is a huge crowd pleaser and will turn any salad hater into a lover!
One day several years ago, a friend of our cofounder, Catherine, came over with a great big take-out Tostada Salad. From the second she took it out of the bag, Catherine’s kids were all over it like flies on…well, you know what. Catherine was kind of surprised to see a four and two-year-old (at the time) get so excited about a salad, but there they were, sitting on our friend’s lap devouring her salad.
It wasn’t until Catherine saw some beautiful whole grain tostada shells at the grocery a year after this that she thought about recreating this dish for them. A year (an eternity in kid time) had gone by since Kenya and Chloe first encountered her friend’s Tostada Salad, so they were understandably hesitant when she placed these strange towers of lettuce, beans, chicken, and guacamole in front of them. So Catherine took two extra tostadas, put one on top of each salad, and told the kids to smash them down so that the shell would break apart over everything.
From Kenya and Chloe’s point of view, how awesome did Catherine just make mealtime? She had just given my kids a get out of jail free card to channel all of their energy into making a delicious mess. They took one look at each other with sheer glee and disbelief before pressing down with both hands and crushing their tostadas all over their plates. They laughed the entire time and even figured out that they could use the tostada shards like edible utensils to scoop up and eat their salads.
Sometimes making food interactive and fun goes a long way towards encouraging kids to eat something you know they will love — even if it does make a bit of a mess! Also, you can make this recipe even easier to prepare by using an already cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store instead of cooking the chicken yourself!
- 8 tostada shells
- 1/2 cup guacamole
- 2 cups lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups cooked chicken, finely chopped
- 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 small tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
- 1/2 cup sour cream salsa, optional
- Place one tostada on a plate.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of guacamole on the tostada.
- Layer lettuce, chicken, beans, tomatoes, and cheese on top of the guacamole.
- Place another tostada on top and repeat layering. Top with a dollop of sour cream.
- Continue with remaining tostadas and ingredients and serve.