Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Healthy and Hearty Tomato Taco Salad

Healthy Tomato Taco Salad. Ground turkey taco meat and fresh veggies make this high in nutrients and low in calories and carbs.

  • 4 whole fresh tomatoes (medium to large), cut into flowers 
  • 4-6 romaine lettuce leaves, cut in 1/2-inch wide shreds
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (1 packet) taco seasoning mix -- store bought, or make your own 
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • drizzle of fresh lime juice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapenos, thinly sliced
TO MAKE TACO MEAT: In large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat, add ground turkey, break it into crumbles as it cooks; continue cooking & occasionally stirring until no longer pink. Add 1/4 cup taco seasoning mix and toss to coat the meat. Add 3/4 cup water, stir to combine. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer uncovered until mixture thickens, approx. 5-10 min. Cover and keep warm on low until ready to serve. (May be made ahead, refrigerated or frozen, and reheated.)

TO MAKE GUACAMOLE: Peel avocado, cut into 1" chunks, and place on small plate. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper; mash with fork until desired consistency. Drizzle with lime juice (if desired) and mix. 

TO ASSEMBLE INDIVIDUAL TACO SALADS: Divide lettuce onto 4 salad plates. Place cut tomato flower on top of each; gently spread apart the tomato sections. Top each with 1/2 cup taco meat and 2 tablespoons guacamole. Sprinkle with garnishes. Serve with tortilla chips, salsa, and additional garnishes. 

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