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Turkey Taco Salad

Taco Tuesday, anyone? Or Taco Wednesday? Or Taco Thursday?

The truth is, tacos are a fast, crowd-pleasing meal pretty much any night of the week.

And this approach adds nutrition value to the typical dish without sacrificing fiesta-level flavor. Ground turkey is the perfect meat to provide lean protein, and spices like cinnamon, cumin, and chili powder excite both your taste buds and your body’s inflammation-fighting systems.

Wrap it all up in romaine shells for a satisfying veggie crunch. Maybe with a little brown rice and beans on the side for fiber and extra protein?


  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 ounces ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch cinnamon
  • to taste salt
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2 tablespoons salsa or pico de gallo
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt


  • Preheat pan and lightly spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
  • Sauté onion until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add turkey, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon. Season to taste with salt.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until turkey is browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Place lettuce on plate and add cooked turkey.
  • Garnish with lime wedges, salsa, and yogurt.


It’s an easy, protein-rich weeknight dinner that everyone in the family will appreciate. Seriously, who doesn’t love tacos? And you still get a satisfying crunch without reaching for packaged shells made from processed ingredients. Romaine is also an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Bonus: it’s great for gluten-free eaters and can be Paleo, too, if you hold the Greek yogurt.

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