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Cinco de Mayo: Healthy Taco Salad Recipe

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Most nutrition experts would advise against ordering a Taco Salad at a restaurant - just because it has the word 'salad' in it doesn't make it healthy.

So why not get all of the fun and flavor of a Taco Salad without the extra calories? Try this yummy Taco Salad recipe for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations or any summer night where you feel like Mexican food.

 

Healthy Taco Salad

Ingredients:

  • Large multigrain wraps or tortillas (or whatever suits you)
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Shredded Lettuce (either bagged or a head of lettuce you shred on your own)
  • One Package of Jenni-O Taco Seasoned Turkey Meat (or regular turkey meat with taco seasoning)
  • Black Beans
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Reduced-Fat Shredded Cheese
  • Diced Avocado
  • Low-Fat Sour Cream
  • Fresh Lime Juice

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray round cake or pie pans with non-stick spray, and press large tortillas/wraps into the pans so the edges are pushed up against the sides, creating a bowl-like shape. Poke holes in tortillas with a fork or toothpick (this will help make sure the tortillas don't puff up in the oven). Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool before removing from pans.
     
  2. Cook turkey meat into crumbles in a skillet until browned - set aside.
     
  3. Place tortilla/wrap bowls onto plates and begin to build your taco salad. Add shredded lettuce to the bottom, then top with cooked turkey meat, followed by black beans. Sprinkle lime juice over ingredients as desired.
     
  4. Add diced tomatoes, followed by diced avocado (or guacamole if you prefer). Add more lime juice.
     
  5. Top mound of salad with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of cheese.
     
  6. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients can be added or subtracted as desired. I'm not a fan of peppers, but they could add some color and kick to this yummy salad.

The creaminess of the avocado and sour cream, along with the lime juice, negate the need for any dressing. And by using any type of multigrain or low-carb wrap, you can create the feeling of a shell without the added calories.

I hope you enjoy this recipe - my husband and I love Mexican food in the summer and this is an easy, yummy, healthy way to enjoy the fresh flavors without the guilt.

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