Camille’s Duck Lake Cold Taco Salad
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6-8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1 cup or more to taste crushed Doritos chips (for a healthier option, use tortilla chips)
- 1 pound ground turkey, cooked and cooled (cook with taco seasoning)
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
- 1 diced avocado
- In a blender or food processor, combine the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper; cover and process until smooth.
- While processing, gradually add oil in a steady, slow stream. (If you make this by hand, whisk vigorously and add the oil one drop at a time. Go very slowly.)
- Let chill in fridge until ready to use.
- To prepare the salad, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, kidney beans, cheese, crushed chips, ground turkey, avocado, and corn. Drizzle with Western dressing. Toss lightly to combine and serve.
Makes: 6-8 servings • TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
About the Chef
Name of Chef: Camille Reyno
Family: Steve, Lucas, and Katie
Community: The Greens
Hobbies & Interests: Camping, cooking, leading Girl Scouts, volunteering, reading cookbooks, and spending time with family
Favorite Local Activities: Hiking Lake Hodges, evenings at the RB Inn
About the Recipe: This cold taco salad is a twist on the version our Minnesota family makes. I couldn’t find the Western salad dressing here in California, so I had to make my own, and adding avocado was a California must.
About the Chef: A fifth generation native San Diegan, I love everything about living here, from the weather to the outdoor activities and the great people I have met here in RB. I have a daughter attending Chaparral and a son away at ASU. I work part-time as a food service substitute for Poway Unified School District and run a home business doing video transfers and editing. In addition, I serve as activity consultant on the service unit for our local Blue Sky Girl Scouts and lead a troop of junior level Girl Scouts.