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Crunchy Taco Salad with Ranch Dressing

Crunchy Taco Salad with Pasta & Ranch Dressing

Instead of regular old tacos, try making a taco salad with noodles, for a change. This taco salad has all the meat-cheese goodness, plus noodles & ranch!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Americanized Mexican
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1665kcal


  • 1-2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounce rotini pasta we use whole wheat rotini
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 2.25 ounce can black olives sliced
  • 8 ounce shredded Mexican cheese
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 15 ounce Ranch dressing use your favorite brand
  • 3 cups tortilla chips hand-crushed
  • 2 Tablespoon Cilantro chopped


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).


Calories: 1665kcal | Carbohydrates: 136g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 101g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 42g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 4085mg | Potassium: 1096mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1335IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 607mg | Iron: 6mg