Fiesta Taco Salad with Beans

Here's a recipe keeper-taco salad that's ready in 20 minutes!


5 servings


1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1/2 cup taco sauce
6 cups bite-size pieces lettuce
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, drained
1 cup corn chips
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounce)
1/2 cup reduced-fat Thousand Island dressing


In 2-quart saucepan, heat beans and taco sauce over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated.

In large bowl, toss lettuce, bell pepper, tomatoes, olives and corn chips. Spoon bean mixture over lettuce mixture; toss. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately with dressing.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Additional Information

One simple substitution of reduced-fat cheese cuts the fat back to 8 grams and trims the calories to 280 per serving.

For a heartier meal, add 2 cups cut-up cooked chicken to the salad and serve with 1/2 cup red or green grapes for a mere 3 Carbohydrate Choices.

Thousand Island dressing is named after the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. It was served to fishermen on "shore dinners" and became so popular that the recipe spread throughout New York and across the U.S.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 340 (Calories from Fat 130), Total Fat 14 g (Saturated Fat 6 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 720 mg; Total Carbohydrate 40 g (Dietary Fiber 10 g, Sugars 10 g), Protein 14 g; Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 2 1/2

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