This is my health-oriented twist to my Aunt Linda's recipe. Lentils add fiber and protein without fat and without compromising the taste! For additional texture, sprinkle in some crushed corn chips.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place lentils and water in a pot. Bring water to boil, reduce to simmer. Cook for 30 minutes or until tender.

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  • Cook the turkey in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, 8 to 12 minutes. Stir the cooked lentils, 1 cup of water, and the taco seasoning mix into the turkey. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is nearly gone, about 5 minutes.

  • Combine the lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, olives, kidney beans, lentil-and-turkey mixture, and Catalina dressing in a large bowl and toss until combined.

Nutrition Facts

584.2 calories; 25.7 g protein; 55.6 g carbohydrates; 41.9 mg cholesterol; 2057.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2008
This was surprisingly good for a healthy recipe!!!! I did not use the Catalina Dressing because taco salad is supposed to have fresh salsa as the dressing in my opinion. I also like fresh guacamole on top. It was a hit at my house. I also substituted Best Black Beans from this site in place of the Kidney Beans. This also enhanced the flavor of the dish. This was an absolute party in your mouth!!!!! I do not think it would have been as good as listed. So should I give less stars? Heck No!!!! You inspired me and that is what this site is all about. Way to go!!!! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 5
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2008
This was surprisingly good for a healthy recipe!!!! I did not use the Catalina Dressing because taco salad is supposed to have fresh salsa as the dressing in my opinion. I also like fresh guacamole on top. It was a hit at my house. I also substituted Best Black Beans from this site in place of the Kidney Beans. This also enhanced the flavor of the dish. This was an absolute party in your mouth!!!!! I do not think it would have been as good as listed. So should I give less stars? Heck No!!!! You inspired me and that is what this site is all about. Way to go!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2010
I omitted the lentils by accident because I completely forgot about them!. I also added a can of corn substituted black beans for kidney and substituted shredded cabbage for iceberg lettuce. Made the catalina dressing from scratch omitting the sugar that was called for. MAN it was AWESOME! Filling satisfying and packed with tons of good protein and fiber. The lentils would have made it even more so. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2012
I have never made anything with lentils but for some reason had a brand new bag of them in my pantry think I was going to make soup with it. I have to say they really smelled good while cooking and mixing it in with the ground turkey made you think you were eating ground beef. Really tasted wonderful earthy is what comes to mind. I used my own taco seasoning mix and canned black eyed peas (all I had). This was a great summer meal so easy to make also...not to mention good for you. For the dressing I used Dorothy Lynch Style Salad Dressing from this site that I had leftover just added in a bit of the taco season. My beef loving husband even said it was good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2007
This is a great recipe Dana and so healthy too with the exception of the sodium content. To bring that number down I made my own taco seasoning which did not compromise the taste in the least. To add even more nutritional value I served this with baby spinach. Thanks for a wonderful lunch today Dana! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2012
This is a nice recipe. I had my doubts if hubby would like the meat and lentil mix - but he thought it was fine. I used pinto beans instead of kidney beans and nixed the Catalina dressing. In this house we use Salsa mixed with a little ranch dressing or sour cream. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2007
Very tasty! I was actually pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The lentils really add a nice texture to the ground turkey - along with a more interesting flavor. The only thing I added was some shredded cheese (Mexican blend) - which I thought was needed. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2015
I have been making a very similar recipe for taco salad for 30 years. The only thing I do differently is no lentils and add cheddar cheese. It is a summer favorite in our home. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2020
This was delicious. I had to improvise because I didn't have the Taco Seasoning Mix. So..I used a 1/4 cup of a MILD salsa I had on hand, and a variety of seasonings (cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, child powder, oregano, cinnamon). Sorry just shook them in, no measurements. As another reviewer indicated, I used black beans rather than kidney (not my favorite bean). Diced one garlic clove, and used Arugula and Kale mix as the salad base. Arugula has a peppery flavor which enhanced the mixture. DELISH. Used a mild salsa as the salad dressing. It was a hit. Will definitely make this again, excellent base recipe that one can use ones imagination to enhance. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2015
Excellent base for a healthy version of taco salad! I used the Mrs. Dash taco seasoning (cutting back on salt) and it was delicious! I loved the turkey/lentil combination. I also subbed a chopped red pepper for (too salty for us) olives left out the kidney beans and added a chopped red onion. Topped it with salt free tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream and it was excellent. I'll be making this again. Read More