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Crunchy Taco Salad with Ranch Dressing

Crunchy Taco Salad with Pasta & Ranch Dressing

Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 T salt
  • 12 oz rotini pasta (we use whole wheat rotini)
  • 1 T cooking oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 T taco seasoning
  • 1 large tomato (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2.25 oz can black olives (sliced)
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican cheese
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 15 oz Ranch dressing (use our Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe or your favorite brand)
  • 3 cups tortilla chips (hand-crushed)
  • 2 T Cilantro (chopped)


  1. Heat water in a sizable pot for pasta. Once boiling, add salt and pasta, and cook according to package. When done, strain the pasta and run it under cold water. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a pan on medium. Once heated, add cooking oil and ground turkey. Cook turkey until brown, stirring often. Once done, drain turkey and put in large bowl. Then add taco seasoning and mix together.

  3. Drain the olives. Add chopped tomato, peppers and olives to the turkey. Stir in noodles, and shredded cheese. Mix all ingredients together well.


For each individual portion, serve mixture over a generous scoop of lettuce. Top with ranch dressing, crushed tortilla chips, and cilantro (optional).

We recommend that all meals for children be served with milk.

Crunchy Taco Pasta Salad