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Taco Salad

There’s a problem with taco salads. They sound like a good choice if you’re watching your calorie intake, but, in fact, they’re one of the worst. Whether called a “Taco Salad” or a “Tostada Salad,” these Tex Mex “salads” are usually overloaded with beef, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole then piled into a giant fried tortilla shell and smothered in dressing. Oh yeah, and a little lettuce is thrown in. Because it’s a “salad.” Calorie estimate for one of these so-called salads? Around 1500.

In this light and healthy recipe, the classic taco salad gets a makeover. This recipes uses seasoned ground turkey, loaded up with lots of crisp lettuce and juicy tomatoes, avocado, and a generous serving of crunchy tortilla strips on top.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

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By: Team Beachbody
4 servings
Prep Time
15 min.
Cook Time
19 min.


  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. Taco Seasoning Blend (or packaged low-sodium taco seasoning)
  • ¼ cup water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • ½ medium ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) (to taste; optional)
  • 6 cups shredded lettuce
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped


Here are your instructions:

  1. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until no longer pink.

  3. Add taco seasoning and water; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until most water has evaporated. Remove from heat. Set aside.

  4. Heat a medium nonstick skillet pan over medium high heat. Lightly coat skillet with spray. Add tortilla strips; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Set aside.

  5. Mash avocado in a small bowl with a fork.

  6. Add lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt (if desired); mix well.

  7. Divide lettuce evenly between four serving bowls. Top with turkey mixture, tomatoes, avocado mixture, and tortilla strips; serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

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