Turkey Taco Salad

Your kids won't even notice that they're — gasp! — eating vegetables with this fun and flavorful Mexican dish.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
Kosher salt and pepper
1 16-ounce container store-bought refrigerated fresh salsa
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into pieces (about 8 cups)
1/2 9-ounce bag tortilla chips
1 15.5-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed
1 avocado, diced
1 cup grated Cheddar
1 6-ounce can sliced black olives (optional)

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Pour off any excess liquid. Stir in half the salsa and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining salsa and sour cream.

Divide the lettuce, chips, turkey mixture, beans, avocado, Cheddar, and olives (if using) among bowls. Serve with the salsa-and-sour-cream dressing.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

CALORIES 602(43% from fat); FAT 29g (sat 8g); CHOLESTEROL 80mg; CARBOHYDRATE 47g; SODIUM 1560mg; PROTEIN 43g; FIBER 12g; SUGAR 6g

Kate Merker and Sara Quessenberry
Real Simple, REAL SIMPLE FAMILY 2008

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