Fabulous Taco Salad Recipe
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Fabulous Taco Salad Recipe

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“Everyone loves this recipe for Fabulous Taco Salad,” writes Anna Yeatts of Pinehurst, North Carolina. “It’s like eating decadent Mexican food while keeping the calories under control.” Serve it with Anna's Fresh Salsa or your favorite premade variety from the grocery store!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 224 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 467mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook turkey and onion in oil until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, salt and pepper; cook for 3-4 minutes or until tomatoes are tender. Remove from the heat; stir in cilantro.
  2. Divide romaine among four plates; top each with 3/4 cup turkey mixture, 2 tablespoons cheese and 2 tablespoons salsa. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Fabulous Taco Salad in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p35

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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brushjl User ID: 8589997 236201
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"i was skeptical, but this turned out to be really tasty, and yes, like a giant taco, but without the fat and calories. i'd definitely make it again and serve to company."

Ralmond User ID: 3656173 165491
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

"Add taco seasoning to turkey.

Do not cook the tomatoes but add on top when dished out."

SJS9 User ID: 4019106 68602
Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"Re:reviews It absolutely amazes me when a recipe is given 5 stars and yet the changes people make totally change the recipe. SJS9"

joeltpeckham User ID: 2811152 96213
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2009

"I hve altered the receipe and have added to the browning of the ground turkey, 2 tbls of Cummin powder, 1 tbls of Curry Powder, 1 tbls of ground mustard powder and 1 tbls of pepper flakes, I also cook with the meat a medium chopped onion, this gives a more authentic taco taste to the meat. - Joel"

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