Turkey Taco Salad


Recipe: Turkey Taco Salad

Summary: This is the per­fect  week­day  rec­ipe… it’s quick, all in one, nut­rit­ious, and tas­ty.


For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of 1/2 small orange
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

For the meat:

  • cooking oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, cut in 1″ chunks
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey, preferably organic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder blend
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 chipotle (from a can with adobo sauce), diced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth

For the salad:

  • 1 head escarole
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 baby cucumbers
  • 1 tomato
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup corn chips, crushed slightly


  • lime wedges, salsa, hot sauce, additional chips, additional cheese, pickled jalapenos, sliced black olives


  1. Mix the dressing ingredients and set aside. In a large saute pan, heat cooking oil over medium-low and saute onion and garlic until translucent. Add poblano pepper and turkey and let cook a few minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, chipotle, and adobo sauce and mix thoroughly. Turn heat down slightly and add beans and chicken broth. Let cook while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Remove outer leaves of escarole if tough and discard. Wash escarole and tear into smaller pieces, then place in a large salad bowl. Slice red pepper into thin strips and add to salad bowl. Slice scallions thinly and add. Dice cucumbers and tomato and add to salad. Grate cheese and have ready.
  3. When turkey is cooked through, slice avocado. Add one quarter of it to the dressing and mash until dressing is creamy. Add the rest of the avocado to the salad, then the chips, then toss with the dressing until everything is coated. Add the warmed meat mixture to the tossed salad and top with cheese. Toss to mix and serve immediately, with garnishes to choose from.

Photo credit: Maggie Hoffman / flickr.com / CC BY

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