8-Layer Taco Salad

July/August 2013

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This gorgeous and colorful 8-layer taco salad recipe is made healthier by using ground turkey in place of beef, adding Greek yogurt and bumping up the amount of vegetables. Serve this salad in a clear glass bowl and you’ll have an eye-catching party-worthy dinner or potluck side in just 30 minutes.

Makes: 6 servings, about 1 2/3 cups each

Serving Size: about 1 2/3 cups each

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  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled unsalted tortilla chips
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 5 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring and breaking up lumps, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mash avocado, yogurt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl with a fork until smooth.
  3. Transfer the turkey and any juice from the pan to a serving bowl. Layer chips, salsa, beans and lettuce over the turkey. Spread the avocado mixture over the lettuce. Top with cheese, then tomato.


Per serving: 383 calories; 20 g fat (5 g sat, 7 g mono); 53 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 25 g protein; 8 g fiber; 630 mg sodium; 812 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 2 medium-fat meat, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat

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Total Time
30 minutes or less
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Preparation/ Technique

Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
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