Our delicious spicy nacho salad will crush your Mexican food cravings in a healthier way!
Our spicy nacho salad is perfect for a quick and tasty family meal or take away lunch! This delicious dish is a healthy take on a Mexican restaurant favorite. This nacho-inspired salad is packed to the brim with vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, making it a great option on your weekly menu. Try our version of this restaurant favorite and it could just become a family hangout!
Fresh and lean ingredients make an exquisite salad
This Mexican salad contains tons of fresh vegetables, healthy fats, lean proteins, and whole grains. Try it at lunch for a nutrient-rich lunch break!
Between the red pepper, celery, lettuce and red onion in this recipe, this colorful salad is full of beneficial vitamins and minerals. It’s important to make sure you hit your vegetarian goals each day (the USDA recommends 3 servings per day) to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. This recipe will surely help you with that!
You may have heard of good fats and bad fats, but to give you the 411, “good” fats have protective compounds like omega-3 and 6 and are found in plant and seafood sources like nuts, avocados, olives, and fish. “Bad” fats are saturated fats found in high-fat dairy products and red meat and should be consumed in moderation. This recipe uses avocados and olive oil to boost both omegas and flavor! We also chose to flavor this salad with salsa instead of using a cream-based dressing to reduce the overall fat. Another low-fat addition to this recipe is to use lean ground turkey instead of ground beef, which significantly reduces the saturated fat content.
Along with its low fat benefit, lean ground turkey is a great source of protein. At 8 grams of protein per ounce, this powerful ingredient contributes to muscle and bone health, and will keep you full all day.
Surprise! Corn is a strength! I’ve seen a lot of confusion around this ingredient so I’m here to clear it up for you. Corn is a whole grain, vegetable and fruit, depending on what serving you use. It’s also a great source of fiber, valuable B vitamins, and other essential minerals. We use corn as a source of carbohydrates in this recipe, as well as corn chips for their benefits and taste. And of course it wouldn’t be a nacho salad without the nachos!
Try this easy-to-make nacho salad
Make this easy nacho salad recipe early in the week for meal prep or on a busy evening for a simple family friendly dinner!
First, season the turkey in a bowl with cumin, salt and pepper. Next, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add the seasoned turkey. Crumble and cook until browned without pink, about 7 minutes. Drain the fat, then add the black beans to the pan and mix them to warm them up and transfer some flavor. Remove this mixture from the heat and set aside. Next, layer the remaining lettuce, corn, onion, pepper, celery, avocado and coriander and top with the turkey mixture. Add salsa to serve and top with a lime wedge.
- 1 lb Lean turkey
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 13.5 ounce black beans drained and rinsed
- 3 cups shredded lettuce
- 2 cups Corn tortilla chips
- 1 Cup grated low fat Mexican cheese
- 1 Red onion cut
- 1 Red pepper diced
- 1/2 Cup celery diced
- 1 avocado cut
- 3 tablespoon coriander fresh, chopped
- 2 cups Salsa
- 1 lime cut into wedges
In a bowl, season the turkey with cumin, salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, then add the turkey
Crumble and cook until browned without pink, about 7 minutes
Add black beans to the pan and warm up
Take off the stove. Layer the remaining lettuce, corn, onions, bell pepper, celery, avocado and coriander and top with the turkey mixture
Top with salsa and a slice of lime
SmartPoints (freestyle): 20th
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