A super-quick blend of reduced-fat sour cream and salsa serves double duty as salad dressing and seasoning for the meat in our updated version of Tex-Mex taco salad. Depending on the type of salsa you use, the salad will vary in heat. We keep this version light with lean turkey, but lean ground beef (about 95%-lean) would also keep the nutrition marks reasonable. Just hold the deep-fried tortilla bowl and instead serve this salad with baked tortilla chips and wedges of fresh lime. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Combine salsa and sour cream in a large bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add turkey and cook, stirring often and crumbling with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, cumin and chili powder; cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in cilantro and 1/4 cup of the salsa mixture.

  • Add lettuce to the remaining salsa mixture in the bowl; toss to coat. To serve, divide the lettuce among 4 plates, top with the turkey mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

447 calories; 19.3 g total fat; 7.9 g saturated fat; 108 mg cholesterol; 686 mg sodium. 1122 mg potassium; 26.9 g carbohydrates; 10.4 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 42.4 g protein; 9277 IU vitamin a iu; 13 mg vitamin c; 191 mcg folate; 216 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 80 mg magnesium;

Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2013
So easy and very tasty Redoing this because the picture I posted was wrong. I made this recipe exactly as is except I used 99% fat free turkey instead of 93%. I also added a little bit of salt and pepper as I went but everything else was exactly the same. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it!!! It was very filling. He said it seemed like a meal we could've gotten at a mexican restaurant! Pros: Easy fast delicious flavorful filling Cons: Needs salt Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2013
So easy and very tasty I made this recipe exactly as is except I used 99% fat free turkey instead of 93%. I also added a little bit of salt and pepper as I went but everything else was exactly the same. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it!!! It was very filling. Pros: Easy fast delicious flavorful filling Cons: Needs salt Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2013
adding more flavor I've made this taco salad for years. I add baby peppers sauteed with the onions cook the turkey & add 2 T. of tomato paste cumin chili powder pinch of cayenne add 1/8 cup water until absorbed then add black beans. I omit the cheese...love it but try to stay healthier if I'm eating it for dinner topped w/green onions. Delish! Pros: Healthy Cons: Lacks flavor Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2013
Very yummy quick dinner!! LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I mix it up a little by using black beans instead (I am not a kidney bean fan) and using 3tsp of seasoning instead of 2tsp. I make a double batch of the meat mix and I either freeze it or eat it the next day as lunch in a tortilla or over brown rice or even just by itself!! Pros: Healthy quick tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
Quick and easy Use chicken instead of turkey and instead of chili powder and cumin used a low sodium taco mix to taste. Turned out excellant and very heathy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2012
Taco bowl idea My wife and I purchased the taco bowl maker that is advertised on tv. The one where you place a tortila inside the metal forming bowl and put it in the oven. It works great and we have made taco salads using 8 whole wheat tortilas. The 8 tortilas make a perfect size taco salad. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2012
Great recipe but I too changed a few things Used a 1/2 lb lean ground meat and added a cup of corn and used black beans instead. No reason to get rid of tortilla bowl I used a tortilla sprayed with vegetable spray formed it around a microwave safe bowl and cooked for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was pretty simple to put together. Liked the salad. My daughter did too and she tends to be very picky with her food. Definitely a keeper. Nelida Baker Harker Heights TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is excellent!! And fits great into my Weight Watchers plan as its only 7 points and is VERY filling!! I have made this a few times and have yet to be able to finish a serving. My husband and kids love it and request it. Nice summer dinner. Try it and ENJOY!!!! You wont be disappointed! Michelle Port Orchard WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Made this last night and really enjoyed it! It's nice to find flavorful healthy recipes that don't take a lot of time. I did without the chips and used fat free sour cream - it was delicious! Elle Cincinnati OH Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This has become a staple in our house: It's easy and fast it tastes much better than high-sodium taco mixes I like the fact that it's a salad and my kids eat it all. Anonymous Arlington VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is an AWESOME recipe!!! I used ground beef though when making mine. If you leave out the beans sour cream and salsa and add everything else it makes wonderful soft taco's! My family really liked it in fact it's 100x's better than any mexican resturant that I have ever been too. So it's a keeper for us we are having it again tonight for the second time this week!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was delicious! Made this last night but instead of coating the lettuce with the sour cream-salsa mixture I just topped it with a little salsa and a dollop of sour cream. My boyfriend who is a hearty eater loved it too. Very very filling! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've made this dish a few times and love it! So quick and easy and nutritious. I like to add diced mango green onions and avocado to it. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really good the only thing I felt it was lacking was salt (this is a healthy recipe though). It tasted like authentic mexican resturants I had been too. If your used to prepackage taco seasoning...you will probably agree that it is lacking salt. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I was not highly impressed with this. Lacking salt and needs more spice. I would not say it is terrible but if you like bland Mexican food then try it. My problem is I have been to Mexico many times and expect a punch of hotness when I make a Mexican recipe. I even added red chile flakes and still not hot enough. This recipe is too Americanized. I like many eating well recipes but was disappointed with this one. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I thought this was good but it really is missing salt and I would like for it to be spicier. Tastes very good with the homemade tortilla chips recipe I found on this site as well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I like this recipe but with a few variations...first of all it needs salt so I added a healthy pinch of sea salt. Also I used lean ground beef instead of turkey and black beans instead of kidney beans which combined with the pinch of salt really added some flavor to this meal. For some heat you can add crushed red pepper flakes but I like it without all that fluff. I have been to Mexico a few times and this is closer to what the locals actually eat than the spicy cliche' that most Americans expect when they are there. Add some fresh home made salsa for a perfect topping to a wonderful dinner. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Nothing special The recipe was adequate but not spectacular-- similar to a taco salad from Wendy's. The dressing is handy-- I'll use it on salads rather than a high-fat bottled one. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
9 ww points 9 points in ww Read More