Turkey Taco Salad Recipe

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Stella Published: March 26, 2021 Modified: October 8, 2021
Turkey Taco Salad Recipe

How To Make Turkey Taco Salad

Savory, spicy and fresh, this taco salad has a hefty portion of turkey, beans, and corn all served with lettuce, avocado, and sour cream.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For Bean and Turkey Topping:

  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1mediumonion,finely chopped
  • 1clovegarlic,finely chopped
  • tspancho chili powder,or regular chili powder
  • 2tspground cumin
  • 1tsporegano
  • ¼tspsalt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • ½lbground turkey
  • 15ozfire roasted tomatoes,diced
  • 15ozblack beans,rinsed and drained
  • 1cupcorn kernels,(fresh or frozen)

For Salad:

  • 2tbspsherry vinegar
  • ¼tspsalt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 5tbspolive oil
  • 2hearts of romaine,chopped or sliced
  • ½pintcherry tomatoes,halved
  • ½red onion,sliced
  • 6radishes,thinly sliced
  • 2ripeavocados,sliced
  • 1cupmonterey jack cheese,shredded, or more, to taste
  • handful of cilantro leaves,stems removed
  • ½cupsour cream
  • 1lime,cut into wedges


  1. In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper.

  2. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until the onions soften.

  3. Add the ground turkey and continue cooking. Break up the meat into small bits as it cooks using a stiff spatula. Cook for about 4 minutes, or until the turkey is no longer pink.

  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, black beans and corn. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 10 more minutes to allow the flavors to mingle and the mixture to thicken. If the mixture seems dry, add water 2 tablespoons at a time.

  5. Remove the skillet from the heat. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, if desired. Cool briefly.

  6. In a bowl large enough to hold the lettuce, whisk together the vinegar, salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until the dressing looks combined.

  7. Add the lettuce to the bowl. Toss to coat it with the dressing. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if desired.

  8. Divide the lettuce among 4 to 6 plates. Divide the filling between the plates, and garnish with the tomatoes, onions, avocado, radishes, shredded cheese and cilantro. Top each salad with spoonful of sour cream and a lime wedge, and serve.


  • Calories: 758.72kcal
  • Fat: 41.20g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.22g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 22.32g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.99g
  • Carbohydrates: 70.74g
  • Fiber: 21.39g
  • Sugar: 8.80g
  • Protein: 33.77g
  • Cholesterol: 55.63mg
  • Sodium: 419.11mg
  • Calcium: 368.61mg
  • Potassium: 2188.80mg
  • Iron: 7.02mg
  • Vitamin A: 522.76µg
  • Vitamin C: 31.83mg
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