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Taco Salad
with paprika vinaigrette

Active: 25 minTotal: 35 min

Leftover turkey helps this salad come together really quickly. Our vegetarians will be using mushrooms and black beans. Tossed in a yogurt-based paprika vinaigrette, you'll have a salad coated with delicious goodness!



Taco Salad with Creamy Paprika Dressing:
  • Quinoa - 2/3 cup, uncooked ((Or sub 2 cups uncooked. Skip for lower cal option))
  • Olives - 2 oz, sliced
  • Tomatoes - 3, chopped ((If using roma, use 4))
  • Avocados - 2, medium-sized cubed
  • Romaine lettuce - 2/3 lb, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Dijon mustard - 2 tsp
  • Red wine or sherry vinegar - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Olive oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Plain yogurt - 3 Tbsp
  • Leftover taco filling - 1 1/4 lb

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Combine quinoa with 2x the amount of water (or stock if your prefer) in a saucepan. Add in some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Olives / Tomatoes / Avocados / Romaine lettuce / Garlic / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
  3. Make dressing - Mix garlic, paprika, Dijon, vinegar, honey, oil, and yogurt. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)


  1. Lightly reheat leftover turkey taco filling from Tuesday if desired.
  2. All ingredients (quinoa, olives, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, cilantro, and turkey) can be dressed and mixed in a big bowl, or you can also divide salad ingredients into serving portions and have everyone dress their own salad bowl.

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This meal has 26 reviews

Dressing was amazing! I totally forgot the olives (ugh!) but it was fabulous just the same. This will get heavy rotation this summer for sure.

By: Melissa
Posted: Jun 09, 2015
Diet: Original

Left out quinoa. Dressing was fantastic!

By: addie
Posted: May 31, 2015
Diet: Gluten-free

Loved the green olives in this dish!

By: Danielle
Posted: Apr 18, 2015
Diet: Original

The dressing made this salad! Super garlicky and delish. We forgot the avocados, which I'm sure would have made it even better. What a great way to transform leftover taco meat.

By: Victoria
Posted: Apr 01, 2015
Diet: Original

Just awesome and very filling. A new favorite!

Posted: Mar 01, 2015
Diet: Original

Really good! Very satisfying combination of flavors.

By: Judy
Posted: Feb 27, 2015
Diet: Original