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Bucket Salad

Bucket Salad

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This is a festive taco style salad that I have made at every family gathering, due to all the requests I get for it. Serve it as a side, or as a meal.

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Original recipe yields 12 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 899 kcal
  • 45%
  • Fat:
  • 70.3 g
  • 108%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.9g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 35 g
  • 70%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium:
  • 1355 mg
  • 54%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. As you tear and chop the lettuce, onion, and tomatoes, place them into a large container. I always use a clean bucket, hence the name, and it is full when the salad is completed. Crumble in the tortilla chips, and add the cheese. Stir in the two jars of Ranch dressing, and the salsa. Mix well. Set aside.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring and crumbling as it cooks. Drain off grease. Stir the beef into the salad just before serving.
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Sorry, this just didn't work for me. I brought it for a food day at work and ended up pulling it back and not serving it. It tasted just ok, nothing to rave about but it looked bad, like mush. It certainly wasn't worth the cost of the ingredients. Maybe it's because I made it the night before. It might be better if served right away. I am glad it worked for everyone else, it just wasn't a winner for me


I scaled this down for two, added a small can of kidney beans and added a little cumin to the ranch dressing. My husband (who hates ranch dressing) loved it. This is a great recipe that I'll be making again. Thanks.


This really is a good salad that my family loves. I brown the beef and throw in a package of taco seasoning for extra flavor. I also mix equal amounts of ranch dressing and picante sauce and like to serve this salad over corn chips. Have made this many times and always look forward to making it again. :)