Light Taco Salad

Photo: Quentin Bacon

Taco Salad is a delicious and thoroughly satisfying meal. Ground turkey stands in for beef; nonfat yogurt laced with lime juice, jalapeno, and cilantro makes a creamy dressing, while fresh mango slices add a splash of color.


  • 2 ears corn, husks and silk removed

  • 3 corn tortillas, cut into 16 wedges each

  • ¾ cup nonfat plain yogurt

  • 2 limes

  • cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped and seeded jalapeno pepper

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ pound iceberg lettuce, torn into 2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut into ½-inch-thick wedges (about 1 cup)

  • ½ red onion, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick wedges (about 1 cup)

  • 1 small mango, peeled, seeded, and cut into ¼-inch-thick wedges (about 1 ½ cups)


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add corn, and reduce heat to medium; simmer until kernels are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer corn to a plate; let cool. Slice kernels off cobs; place in a small bowl, and set aside (you should have about 1 1/4 cups).

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread tortilla wedges in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until crisp, turning once, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool, and set aside.

  3. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, juice from 1 lime, cilantro, jalapeno, and salt. Set aside.

  4. In a medium nonstick skillet, brown turkey over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and juice from remaining lime.

  5. Transfer mixture to a large serving bowl. Add lettuce, beans, tomatoes, onion, mango, and reserved corn and tortillas. Toss to combine well. Drizzle with yogurt dressing; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

To reduce the fat, we eliminated the cheese and toasted the corn tortillas in the oven rather than frying them in oil.

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