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Taco Salad with Ground Turkey
and creamy avocado dressing

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A taco salad is a go-to meal for the Cook Smarts community and is a great way to round out the week and use up leftover vegetables. We last featured this meal in 2020.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Taco Spice Mix:
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Taco Salad with Ground Turkey:
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, diced
  • Turkey, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Lettuce, any crisp variety like iceberg or Boston leaf - 8 oz, shredded
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 4, chopped
  • Olives, black and sliced (4 oz / 113 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cheese, cheddar (opt) - 4 oz, grated
  • Tortilla chips - 4 cups
Creamy Avocado Dressing:
  • Avocados - 1
  • Water - 4 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make spice mix - Combine cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Bell peppers - Dice bell peppers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make avocado dressing - Cube avocados. Combine avocados with water, vinegar, lime juice, honey, mustard, and hot sauce. Use an immersion blender or standing blender to blend until smooth, adding more water as needed until the mixture is smooth and pourable. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  4. Season turkey - Combine turkey with spice mix. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Olives - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Add turkey and saute until turkey is cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.

  2. Assemble salads by forming a bed of lettuce and topping it with bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Finish with turkey and cheese.

  3. Top salads with dressing. Serve with tortilla chips (crumble these over top or use them to scoop up the other ingredients). Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (35)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (14)

22 reviews

Pretty good, but the dressing tasted like honey mustard dressing (I used the standard variety from a well known name brand.) If I make the dressing again, I’ll omit the mustard and add more lime juice.

By: Abby
Posted: May 03, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Family loved this! Left off the olives (don't like them), fewer tomatoes, and added corn and cilantro (and would have added beans too if we had them on hand). An avocado allergy in the family so just used Thousand Island dressing instead and it worked well.

By: David
Posted: Mar 31, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Everyone loved - in the rotation! Loved the avocado dressing particularly

By: Namrita
Posted: Mar 26, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A winner with everyone and quick to put together.

By: Renae
Posted: Mar 23, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Came together wicked easy and was a hit with the whole family.

By: Sarah
Posted: Mar 21, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Quick and easy for a weeknight meal. Also yummy.

By: Alicia
Posted: Mar 20, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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