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Southwest Taco Salad For Two

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Spice up your dinner plans with this delicious recipe for two from Jen Welper, Executive Wellness Chef at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. What we love about this recipe is it’s well balanced list of ingredients and easy prep! We dare you to take a peek at the nutrition facts below and promise you’ll love what you find! Want more from Chef Jen? You can view her Chef Spotlight on the Recipe Redo Blog here.

Southwest Taco Salad

Serves 2

Nutrition Analysis per serving:  400 calories, 8g fat, 4g saturated fat, 37g protein, 48g carbohydrates, 7g sugar, 16g fiber, 600mg sodium

You will need: knife, cutting board, 2 medium saute pans, spoon


  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup red bell pepper
  • 1 cup green bell pepper
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1 ounce sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans
  • 6 ounces ground turkey breast
  • 2  teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½  teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼  teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼  teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa


  1. Gather your ingredients. Chop the lettuce and peppers. Shred the cheese and rinse the beans. Heat a medium saute pan to medium heat and lightly spray with cooking spray. Once oil is warm, saute the peppers. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Heat another medium saute pan to medium-high heat. Once hot, spray pan with cooking spray and brown the ground turkey. Add remaining seasonings, water, and lime juice and cook until seasonings are well combined.
  3. Place the lettuce in a bowl or dish. Top with vegetables, cheese, beans, quinoa, and turkey. Serve with Cilantro Lime Dressing and Pico de Gallo.    

Chef’s Note:

Other whole grains such as brown rice, barley or whole wheat couscous may be used in place of the quinoa. Adding whole grains can replace the ground turkey breast to make the dish completely vegetarian.

Shopping List

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Green bell pepper
  • Quinoa
  • Lime Juice
  • Low-sodium black beans
  • Red bell pepper
  • Poblano pepper
  • Ground turkey breast
  • Sharp cheddar cheese

Check for:

  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Oregano 

Food Group       Mayo Clinic Pyramid Servings

Vegetable              2 1/2 servings

Protein/Dairy      2 1/2 servings

Carbohydrate       1 serving

Want more healthy recipes from Chef Jen? You can view her full Chef Spotlight on the Recipe Redo Blog here. You can also follow the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

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