Healthy Taco Salad

This healthy taco salad is made with turkey taco meat instead of beef, packed with veggies and topped with a creamy southwest dressing.

Do you participate in Taco Tuesday regularly?

One way to streamline meal planning is to have theme nights for each day of the week, like Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday and/or Pizza Friday. Obviously these are just some ideas!

If you do start embracing a Taco Tuesday theme night, you’ll know you’re having tacos in some form every Tuesday and meal planning gets a whole lot easier!

And don’t worry… it doesn’t mean you have to eat regular ol’ tacos every Tuesday. There are sooo many different taco recipes…  just on my site I have a bunch of taco ideas: fish tacos, spaghetti squash taco bake, taco zucchini boatsAsian tofu tacos and this healthy taco salad.

Taco salad topped with ground turkey, avocado, corn, peppers, chips, dressing and tomatoes.

Healthy Taco Salad Ingredients

  • ground turkey – a leaner protein option than beef!
  • vegetables – mini bell peppers, romaine lettuce, grape or cherry tomatoes, frozen sweet corn, jalapeño pepper and avocado.
  • shredded Mexican cheese – I like adding a little cheese, but you can omit if you’re dairy-free.
  • fresh salsa – choose your preferred spice level!
  • taco seasoning – use store-bought or make your own taco seasoning!
  • olive oil
  • tortilla chips
  • chopped cilantro and hot sauce – optional, but recommended
Taco salad topped with ground turkey, avocado, corn, peppers, chips, dressing and tomatoes.

Creamy Southwest Dressing

If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know I lovesalads. One key factor for creating a delicious salad is the salad dressing! A good dressing ties the whole salad together and really takes it to the next level. For this healthy taco salad, I paired it with a creamy southwest dressing that is SO good! Here’s what you need:

  • plain Greek yogurt – you can use traditional Greek yogurt or dairy-free if needed.
  • lime juice
  • spices – cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • fresh salsa
  • fresh cilantro

How to Make Healthy Taco Salad

This taco salad is packed with flavor from the turkey taco meat, which includes roasted peppers, taco seasoning and salsa. The roasted peppers seriously take it to the next level and the prep work to make them is pretty minimal!

Roast peppers: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place peppers on a baking sheet, spray with olive or avocado oil cooking spray, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper and place in the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes, or until peppers are soft. Let peppers cool, remove stems and any large seeds and then dice into small pieces. The diced up peppers should measure out to be about 1/3 cup.

Roasted peppers in a bowl.

Make dressing: Add all ingredients for the dressing into a blender and blend until fully combined and smooth. You can also use an immersion blender for this.

Cook turkey: Add oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add turkey. Break the meat into small pieces using a spatula or meat chopper as it cooks. Cook for about 6-8 minutes or until the turkey is no longer pink. Add taco seasoning, salsa and roasted peppers to the pan and toss to combine. Set aside.

Ground turkey taco meat cooking in a skillet.

Prep salads: While the turkey it cooking start to prep your salad ingredients. To build salads, start with a base of romaine lettuce in each bowl and add the toppings — turkey taco meat, tomatoes, corn, cheese, jalapeño, avocado and chips. Drizzle dressing over each salad and serve with a sprinkle on chopped cilantro. Add some fresh salsa and a few drops of hot sauce if using. Another option is to place all the salad ingredients into a large salad bowl and toss with dressing, then portion into three bowls.

Taco salad topped with ground turkey, avocado, corn, peppers, chips and tomatoes.

Meal Prepping Taco Salad

This recipe is so great for meal prep! I recommend prepping the turkey and dressing ahead of time and then when you’re ready to enjoy, quickly chop the fresh salad ingredients, assemble the salads and enjoy!

Taco salad topped with ground turkey, avocado, corn, peppers, chips and tomatoes and a southwest dressing.

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Healthy Taco Salad

4 from 38 votes
This healthy taco salad is made with ground turkey taco meat instead of beef and is packed with veggies. It comes together quickly making it perfect for a weeknight meal.
This healthy taco salad is made with ground turkey taco meat instead of beef and is packed with veggies. It comes together quickly making it perfect for a weeknight meal.
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Prep Time 25minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 55minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

Turkey Taco Meat

  • 12mini bell peppers
  • olive or avocado oil spray
  • 1/2Tablespoonolive oil
  • 1lbground turkey
  • 2Tablespoonstaco seasoning
  • 2Tablespoonsfresh salsa

Salad

  • 1large head romaine lettuce, washed, rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1/2cupgrape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2cupthawed frozen sweet corn
  • 1/4cupshredded Mexican cheese + more to taste
  • 1/2jalapeño pepper, de-seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 1avocado, chopped into chunks
  • 1/4cuptortilla chips, broken into pieces
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • hot sauce, to taste (optional)
  • fresh salsa, to taste

Creamy Southwest Dressing

  • 4ouncesplain Greek yogurt
  • 1teaspoonslime juice
  • 1/8teaspooncumin
  • 1/4teaspoonchili powder
  • 1/4teaspoongarlic powder
  • 1/4teaspoonsalt
  • 1/4teaspoonpepper
  • 1/4cupfresh salsa
  • 2Tablespoonsfresh cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Roast peppers: Preheat oven to 400°F. Place peppers on a baking sheet, spray with olive or avocado oil cooking spray, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper and place in the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes, or until peppers are soft. Let peppers cool, remove stems and any large seeds and then dice into small pieces. The diced up peppers should measure out to be about 1/3 cup.
  • Make dressing: Add all ingredients for the dressing into a blender and blend until fully combined and smooth. You can also use an immersion blender for this.
  • Cook turkey: Add oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add turkey. Break meat into small pieces using a spatula or meat chopper as it cooks. Cook for about 6-8 minutes or until the turkey is no longer pink. Add taco seasoning, salsa and roasted peppers to the pan and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Prep salads: While the turkey it cooking start to prep your salad ingredients. To build salads, start with a base of romaine lettuce in each bowl and add the toppings — turkey taco meat, tomatoes, corn, cheese, jalapeño, avocado and chips.
  • Serve: Drizzle a little dressing over each salad and serve with chopped cilantro and extra dressing. Add some fresh salsa and a few drops of hot sauce if using. Another option is to place all the salad ingredients into a large salad bowl and toss with dressing, then portion into two-four bowls for serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1saladCalories: 526kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 41gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 573mgFiber: 10gSugar: 15g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: turkey taco salad
Web Story: https://atrivialmindatwork.com/web-stories/healthy-taco-salad/

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    44 comments
    1. Madi Rowan
      July 21, 2022 AT 8:42 pm

      That Southwest dressing was AMAZING!!!!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 25, 2022 AT 12:29 pm

        Ah yay! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe & dressing, Madi. Thank you for your review + star rating, I really appreciate you being here!

        Reply
    2. Robyn Wood
      May 7, 2022 AT 6:54 pm

      5 stars
      The taco seasoning is delicious and I have made extra to keep on hand. The southwest dressing was so yummy! Excellent recipe!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 8, 2022 AT 11:00 am

        Woo! I’m glad you’re loving this recipe, Robyn. Thank you for sharing your review, I really appreciate it.

        Reply
    3. Sarah
      March 2, 2022 AT 12:57 pm

      5 stars
      Had a great time following this recipe!

      Reply
      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 3, 2022 AT 9:44 am

        Yay! I’m glad this recipe worked out for you, Sarah! Thanks for coming back to leave a review, I appreciate it.

        Reply
    4. imsen
      February 15, 2022 AT 11:11 am

      5 stars
      This salad was delicious and filling. I especially loved the dressing and the the spices on the turkey. I have mad ethos twice in one week because it was so good. I highly recommend it! 🙂

      Reply
    5. Sam Harrison
      August 20, 2021 AT 8:23 am

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