Quick 'n Healthy Taco Salad

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Quick 'n Healthy Taco Salad
Taco Salad
Steve Legato

Taco Salad

Once you realize how unhealthy most taco salads are, it’s tough to enjoy eating one without a side of guilt. By ditching the usual fried tortilla bowl and swapping in more fresh vegetables and leaner meat, I was able to substantially lower the fat in this Tex-Mex favorite. The creamy cilantro dressing replaces the guilt with a big side of yum!

4
Servings
316
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1/3 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

For the salsa

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 cups salsa
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cups low-fat Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • Reduced-fat tortilla chips (optional)

Directions

For the dressing

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. 

For the salsa

Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add diced pepper and sauté 3-4 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the beef and chili powder to the pan and sauté for 5-6 minutes or until meat is well browned. Stir in the salsa and cook for one minute to combine. Remove from heat. 

To assemble, place 1 1/2  cups chopped lettuce on each of four plates. Top each salad with 3/4 cup of the meat mixture. Sprinkle on 1/4 of the green onions, 3 tablespoons cheese, and 3 tablespoons of dressing. Garnish with tomato wedges and optional tortilla strips, if desired.

Quick Shopping Tip

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Quick Cooking Tip

Do all your prep in advance, and use three bowls: one for all your ingredients, one for all your prep, and one for all your refuse. Staying organized can help you put out meals faster.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
27%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
42%
Cholesterol
83mg
28%
Protein
26g
53%
Carbs
14g
5%
Vitamin A
467µg
52%
Vitamin B12
2µg
39%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
31.7%
Vitamin C
55mg
91%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
104µg
100%
Calcium
268mg
27%
Fiber
4g
17%
Folate (food)
140µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
140µg
35%
Iron
3mg
19%
Magnesium
58mg
15%
Monounsaturated
6g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
6mg
30%
Phosphorus
358mg
51%
Polyunsaturated
0.8g
N/A
Potassium
949mg
27%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
22.1%
Sodium
523mg
22%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
11.5%
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
5mg
37%

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