Monday, September 28, 2009

It's totally salad...

...Taco Salad

This is my kind of "healthy dinner." It's basically a burrito on a plate. I started with some ground turkey, grilled it up with a healthy dose of cumin, paprika, chile powder and tabasco sauce. I combined it with a can of Pinquitos, my very favorite bean ever, as well as some veggies and plenty of cheese. The dressing was a combo of green salsa and ranch dressing, and I served it with torilla chips.

This is an adaptation of one of my very favorite dinners growing up. My mom made a great taco salad... I think it had hamburger meat and cool ranch doritos in it, along with lots of cheese. It was delicious! I have made some really healthy versions of this same recipe, but the one I made the other night wasn't the healthiest... it had everything but the cool ranch doritos.

Ground Turkey Taco Salad
1/2 lb. Lean Ground Turkey
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
liberal dash of tobasco

Salad Contents
1 can pinquitos
1 head romaine lettuce
1 small red onion
1/2 cont. small cherry tomatoes
1/2 red bell pepper
crushed tortilla chips
lite shredded cheese
Sliced avocado

1/4 cup lite ranch dressing
1/2 cup green tomatillo salsa

Brown up the turkey and add the spices. While the turkey is cooking warm up the pinquitos, then drain them and add them to the turkey. Chop the veggies and add in the meat mixture in a large bowl. Throw in the cheese and crushed tortilla chips and mix everything together. I dressed it with a ranch dressing green salsa concoction.

I sliced avocado on top and served it with tortilla chips. It made me feel like I was a kid again...


  1. This sounds sooo good- I have to show it to Kenny, he's obsessed with taco salads! Have you tried to salsa verde Doritos? They're my guilty pleasure!

  2. Oh that looks so good! Taco salads are delicious!