Turkey Taco Salad

In short, Turkey Taco Salad is AWESOME.  Thanks to Matt Capell for the recipe.  I believe he found this while thumbing through Gourmet Magazine …that’s what i said, “you thumb through Gourmet Mag?”.
Sorry pal, cats out of the bag! But on that same note, Gourmet Mag is no longer in print, so hold on to your latest issue b/c you can bring that to Antique Road Show in like 40 years!




In a large heavy skillet cook the onion, garlic, cumin, and chili powder in 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is soft. Add the beef, and cook the mixture over moderate heat, stirring and breaking up any lumps, until the meat is no longer pink. Add the tomato paste and salt and pepper to taste and cook the mixture, stirring, until the meat is cooked through. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let it cool.

On a large deep platter or in a large bowl arrange the romaine, spoon the beef mixture over it, and arrange the tortilla chips, tomatoes, Cheddar, and scallion decoratively over the salad.

Make the vinaigrette: In a blender blend together the garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, cumin, and salt and black pepper to taste, with the motor running add the oil in a stream, and blend the vinaigrette until it is emulsified. Add the tomato, the jalapeno pepper, and the cilantro and blend the vinaigrette until it is smooth. Transfer the vinaigrette to a small bowl and serve it with the salad or pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss the salad until it is combined.

Homemade Tortilla Chips

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