Beef Fajita Salad


Makes 6 servings


1 pound beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
4 tablespoons lime juice, divided
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
Nonstick cooking spray
2 plum tomatoes, diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
8 cups curly endive, romaine or other lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 ounces (1 cup) frozen green beans, cooked and drained
1 cup buttermilk
1 avocado, peeled and diced


  1. Place sliced meat in a large resealable bag. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice, oil, chili powder and garlic powder. Close bag securely; turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange tortilla strips on a nonstick baking sheet and spray tops of strips lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until tortillas are crispy; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and black olives; set aside. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium-high heat, add beef and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until meat is cooked through, stirring occasionally; set aside. (Beef may have to be cooked in batches.)
  4. To assemble salad, arrange endive on a large platter. Scatter the red bell pepper and green beans over lettuce. Mound cooked beef in the middle of the salad. Top with tomato-olive mixture. Sprinkle tortillas strips on top.
  5. To make dressing, place buttermilk, avocado and 2 tablespoons lime juice in a blender and process for 15 to 20 seconds until mixture is smooth. Drizzle dressing over salad or serve on the side.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: about 1-1/4 cups salad plus 1/4 cup dressing
Calories 284
Calories from Fat 52 %
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Carbohydrate 16 g
Fiber 6 g
Protein 19 g
Sodium 143 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 0.5
Vegetable 2
Meat 2
Fat 2

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