Taco Salad

December 6, 2011

About 2 weeks ago, I had the most amazing taco salad from a deli in the city for lunch and I had been craving it for the rest of the week.  I decided to come home and recreate it.  ...and I think I like my version better. :)  This is so very easy and extremely tasty.  Minus the small bowl I was able to pack for lunch the next day, we finished the whole thing!  Be sure to sprinkle with fresh chips if you have leftovers to enjoy.

1 pound Lean Ground Turkey
2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
1 Head of Iceberg Lettuce
1/2 Red Pepper, Chopped
1/2 Onion, Chopped
1/2 Cup Salsa
1 Ripe Tomato, Chopped
1/2 Can Black Beans, Drained
1/2 Cup Catalina Salad Dressing
1/2 Cup Ranch Salad Dressing
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning
1 Cup Crushed Tortilla Chips, extra for garnish
Optional: Sour Cream and Avocado

{Gather your delicious ingredients.  I used both HOT salsa and HOT taco seasoning.  Gave this a nice kick.}
{Chop your onion and pepper.  I love using red peppers, they give such a sweetness, especially when sauteed.}

{Saute your ground turkey with the chopped pepper and onion.}

{When the turkey, onion and pepper start to brown, sprinkle in the taco seasoning and continue to cook until brown.}

{Meanwhile, clean and chop your head of lettuce.}

{When the meat is nicely browned, drain it on paper towel to remove the excess oil and juices.}

Begin to dump your ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  First your lettuce.  Then the cheese.

{Add in the chopped tomato.}

{And your black beans.}

{Then your seasoned ground turkey.}

{Scoop in the salsa.}

{Roughly mix to combine.}

{Next in goes your dressing.  Add in the sweet and tangy Catalina.}

{Then the cool and creamy Ranch.}

{Mix thoroughly to get every piece coated with dressing.}

{Crunch the tortilla chips.  I like to use Multigrain, it adds a nice texture.  You could also use Doritos...YUM!}

{Add the chips to the mixed salad and mix again.  Save a few to sprinkle on the top, once plated.}

{Serve with a sprinkle of chips, dollop of sour cream and sliced avocado.}


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