10/10/2013 09:30 am ET Updated Oct 22, 2013

Step Up Your Game With These Taco Salad Recipes (PHOTOS)

There's no doubting the greatness that are tacos -- they're the perfect companion to beer, the only reason we love Tuesdays and just another excuse to pile on the salsa and guacamole.

From street tacos to fish tacos and bacon-chocolate weave tacos, the number of taco types just seems to support the assertion that they are one of the most beloved foods of all time. But there's one taco variety that doesn't seem to be getting the attention we think it deserves, and that is the taco salad.

Now, we understand the value of finger foods just as much as everyone else, but we also understand that there are some times when you don't want salsa all over your face or half of your meal spilled on the ground. For a healthy and modern update on our favorite Mexican classic, try these 7 taco salads:

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