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By choosing the right ingredients, you can have a satisfying taco salad while staying within your Weight Watchers guidelines. The trick to keeping Weight Watchers points under control is to go heavy on the zero-point ingredients and choose low-fat alternatives for the rest of the recipe.

Wash the lettuce. Hit the core of the lettuce on a hard surface and pull it out. Tear the lettuce into small pieces or cut it in half on a large cutting board and thinly slice with a lettuce knife. Place in a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Wash and dice the tomatoes. Place in a separate bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Brown the ground beef or turkey until no longer pink. Add the taco seasoning and water according to package directions.

Remove the toppings from the refrigerator and arrange so that everyone can make their own taco salad. With some recipes you mix the salad, but many people prefer to layer so that they can make their salads with the toppings of their choice and also so leftovers don't get soggy.

To layer your salad in a Weight Watchers-friendly way, start with a serving of tortilla chips on your plate. This is 3 Weight Watchers points.

Top with a half-cup of cooked ground beef or turkey. This is another 3 points.

Add unlimited iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes and salsa. These are zero points.

Sprinkle with a quarter-cup of reduced-fat shredded cheese. This is worth 2 points.

Top with 2 tablespoons of reduced-fat sour cream, which is 1 point.


The points value might vary depending on the brand of products. Use plain tortilla chips. This is also an ideal meal for those following a reduced-carb diet .