Tortilla Bowl Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

This tortilla bowl salad recipe features step-by-step instructions on how to make tortilla bowls, plus a delicious vegetarian salad recipe.

Tortilla Bowl Salads with Green Goddess Dressing | A Couple Cooks

We started this blog for one reason: we love cooking. We don’t want to be chefs; we don’t need to have the prettiest pictures or the biggest following. What we do want is to inspire cooking at home—the idea that you can cook a healthy, wholesome meal for yourself, and that it can be fulfilling creatively and have a tangible effect on your physical health. (And connect you to a community, and benefit the environment…I could go on.)

We struggle with ways to articulate this at times, and fear that this message might get lost in the noise of the internet. Our biggest hope is that what we do here would inspire you to say, “Hey, I could make that,” and then make something (not even our recipe) in your home that is nourishing for you and some friends or family.

Related: 10 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Tortilla Bowl Salads with Green Goddess Dressing | A Couple Cooks

Anyway, this tortilla bowl salad recipe was so much fun to make that we hope it is inspiring to you as well. We loved making these tortilla bowls and filling them with nourishing goodness. The Green Goddess dressing that we previously shared is so delicious, it might cause even the most passionate veggie-hater to turn. We hope you enjoy it!

How to make tortilla bowls

Learning how to make tortilla bowls is a fairly straightforward process that I know you can tackle at home! You’ll need to use wheat tortillas, because regular corn tortillas aren’t sturdy enough for tortilla bowls. To make homemade tortilla bowls, you’ll first need to melt some butter and add a little minced garlic to it.

Then, brush both sides of the tortillas with the garlic butter. Carefully place each tortilla into an oven-safe bowl and shape as desired (each tortilla will need its own bowl). Bake for about 15 minutes, or until browned and crispy. Your tortilla bowls may not be super crunchy when you first take them out of the oven—that’s okay! They’ll crisp up nicely as they come to room temperature.

The rest of this tortilla bowl salad recipe is super easy, too! You can prep the salad fixings while the tortillas are in the oven, and once the bowls are completely cooled you simply need to distribute everything between the bowls and dig in.

Related: Veggie Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice

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Tortilla Bowl Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This tortilla bowl salad recipe features step-by-step instructions on how to make tortilla bowls, plus a delicious vegetarian salad recipe.



  • 4 wheat tortillas (or gluten-free tortillas)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 oven-safe bowls
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 green onion
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup pepitas (toasted, if possible)
  • Green Goddess dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mince 1 clove garlic. Melt 1 tablespoon butter, then add the garlic. Lightly brush the butter onto both sides of each tortilla.
  3. Place each tortilla in an oven safe bowl and shape as desired. Place the bowls in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until browned and crispy. The tortilla bowls may be slightly soft when removing from the oven oven, but will crisp up as they cool.
  4. Wash and chop the lettuce, dice the peppers, and thinly slice the red onion and green onion.
  5. Drain and rinse the black beans. Stir them together with ¼ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  6. If the pepitas are not toasted, place them in a dry pan over medium heat for several minutes, shaking the pan often so that they don’t burn. Remove when lightly browned.
  7. Make the Green Goddess dressing.
  8. To serve, in each tortilla bowl, place lettuce, peppers, onions, and black beans. Sprinkle with pepitas and drizzle with Green Goddess dressing.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: tortilla bowl, how to make a tortilla bowl

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    February 26, 2014 at 5:53 am

    This dressing is seriously killing me!!! LOVE those salad bowls too. Unreal!

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    molly yeh
    February 26, 2014 at 9:39 am

    i have been going through a total taco salad phase! i love tortilla bowls and only just recently (when i saw a “tortilla bowl maker” in the made for tv section at the cvs) did it occur to me to make them at home. your way of making them is way better than buying the made for tv version… i plan on doing this very soon.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    February 26, 2014 at 10:29 am

    i visit your blog mainly because of your inspiring recipes..thank you! looks so good!

  • Reply
    February 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I think you guys definitely achieve what you set out to do here – every post is inspiring and makes me want to head straight into the kitchen. It’s such approachable food and that’s what I really value about what you do.

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    February 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I agree with Kathryn and very much enjoy your whole approach to the blog (and food!). Please keep it up, and know that there are those of us who may not comment often, but absolutely appreciate what you’re doing!

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    February 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    These bowls look so appetizing. There’s something about the colors of this dish and the way you photographed it that reminds me spring is just around the corner. Thanks for sharing!

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    February 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Your love of cooking shows!! I love your tortilla bowls. I must give them a try.

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    February 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I actually started my own blog because I was so in love with / inspired by what you’re trying to do here. Thank you so much for always sharing fresh, healthy, and new vegetarian recipes. It’s definitely hard to come by all in one place. AND – I love that you made your own bowl. So easy! I can’t believe i’ve never thought to make the bowl before on my own.

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    February 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    What a beautiful salad, this is incredible, love the crispy tortilla bowl.

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    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)
    February 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    The tortilla bowl is a great way to serve a salad, I’d never even thought to try and make them at home. I’m sure my family would love it!

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    March 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Making these tonight, so excited to try these and the dressing! I am a new reader and this will be my first time trying out one of your recipes. I’ll report back–thanks for the inspiration!

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      March 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Awesome! Hope you enjoy the recipes :)

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        March 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        I forgot to report back–this was wonderful! My favorite part was the dressing. I’ve been using the dressing on lots of other salads since then, and plan to make the salad and dressing again this weekend. Thank you!!

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          March 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

          Thanks for letting us know! Glad you enjoyed it!

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          March 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm

          You are so welcome! We loved this dressing too. It makes any old salad into something delightful! So glad you enjoyed it.

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    March 20, 2014 at 2:42 am

    i loved taco salad when i was an au pair in chicago back in 1995 and i keep on telling my children (who love mexican food) how the salat was always served in tortilla bowls (there is no such thing here in germany). so now i can make them myself for dinner tonight. thank you, thank you, thank you. my kids will love me.

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