Clean Eating Turkey Taco Salad

This easy and flavorful taco turkey salad is packed with veggies and makes for a healthy weeknight meal.

Good morning! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Isaac was busy working a beer event on Saturday so I tried out a new-to-me workout class and spent the rest of the day catching up on work stuff. Sunday we visited my mom earlier in the day and then had dinner with Isaac’s mom and dad in the evening. It was nice celebrating Mother’s Day with both of our mamas.

I’m traveling this week so I’m actually at the airport waiting to leave for Minneapolis as I type this! I’m a little sad to be leaving 80° weather here in Richmond for colder temps, but I’ve never been to Minnesota before so I’m really excited to visit and explore. I’m currently debating whether or not I should hit up Mall of America while I’m there. Is it as epic as it’s seems?

On to today’s recipe…

Clean Eating Turkey Taco Salad #healthy #glutenfree

Taco Salad!!

I hope you like Mexican food because for whatever reason I’ve been on quite a Mexican kick. I blame Cinco de Mayo. And the fact that tacos (and taco salads) are so easy to make. I think Taco Tuesday might become a regular thing around here.

Isaac has been making tacos with tortillas, but I’ve been hooked on taco salads. No surprise there — me and my salads. 😉

As I mentioned in this post, taco salads out at restaurants usually aren’t very healthy. But they totally can be — especially when you’re making them at home!

Clean Eating Turkey Taco Salad #healthy #glutenfree

For this homemade version I kept things super healthy by sticking with lean ground turkey, a ton of veggies and salsa for the dressing. No cheese, no chips and no deep-fried taco bowl, but don’t worry it’s still plenty flavorful and filling.

Clean Eating Turkey Taco Salad

  • The grilled onions and peppers are similar to what you’d find on fajitas and give the salad a pop of color and boost of flavor that only grilled items can provide.
  • Avocado adds a creamy texture.
  • Fruit-based salsa adds a hint of sweetness.
  • Fresh jalapeño slices give the salad a nice kick.

I should note that while I highly recommend the toppings I’m sharing for this recipe, they are completely customizable. Feel free to use regular salsa without fruit if you don’t want the added sweetness and skip the jalapeños if you don’t like spicy things. Black beans would work great instead of turkey for a vegetarian version and if you’re okay with diary a little queso fresco would be a delicious addition.

Have fun with trying out different toppings and enjoy!

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Clean Eating Turkey Taco Salad


Description

This easy and flavorful taco turkey salad is packed with veggies and makes for a healthy weeknight meal.


Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1/21 avocado, chopped into chunks
  • 1/21 cup fresh fruit-based salsa (I used peach)
  • 1 lime
  • chopped cilantro, to taste
  • hot sauce, to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss chopped onions and peppers with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and grill or sauté in a skillet until they reach your desired texture. Once cooked, set aside.
  2. Brown turkey in a large skillet with a little olive oil. Break meat into smaller pieces as it cooks. Cook for about 6-8 minutes or until the turkey is no longer pink. Add taco seasoning to the pan and stir to combine. If the meat seems too dry, add a little water with the seasoning.
  3. While the turkey it cooking, prep your salads. Start with a base of romaine lettuce and begin layering the toppings — tomatoes, jalapeño slices, avocado and salad. Squeeze a little lime juice onto each salad and sprinkle on chopped cilantro. Add a few drops of hot sauce if using.

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    18 comments
  1. I make taco salad with beyond meat crumbles oh so good it also makes the best chili ever. I am vegetarian due to a illness, so I find ways to use Quarn products which are my favorite non chicken nuggets. I really enjoy your post thank you

  2. I made this tonight for Cinco de Mayo, but without any jalapenos. It was great! And it’s not too heavy. Next time I will try adding a can of beans with the turkey. Thanks for the tasty meal!

  3. I am in love with taco salads!! Yum! Also, the placemat/table cloth in the background of the photo is super cute! Have a safe trip to Minnesota! I’ve never been either, but I would definitely check out the mall of America 🙂

  4. Great alternative to my usual salad with chicken chunks. It has vegetables and turkey, which is a healthier source of protein. Plus its a delicious taco salad.

  5. Minneapolis?! 🙂 Welcome!! I think MOA is definitely worth visiting. There’s a lot to do and see… plus, it’s something all MN visitors should at least experience. Should be less hectic/crazy during the weekdays, too. Enjoy Brittany!

  6. I live here in MN and would say you should definietly check it out at least, it’s huge and there is endless things to see and do! Have fun : )

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