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Turkey Taco Salad with Cilantro Avocado Dressing in a white bowl with antique silver fork

Turkey Taco Salad with Cilantro Avocado Dressing

  • Author: Aberdeen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


Easy, healthy 20 minute week night dinner recipe with all the fixings and homemade dressing (gluten free!).



For the Salad

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mild to medium salsa (I used La Victoria)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels (drain if canned, thaw and drain if frozen)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts, halved and roughly chopped
  • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped to garnish

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and steams
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced (1 clove is fine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more as desired)
  • Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients for the salad dressing in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add more water as desired to thin out the dressing. Make sure to taste test after adding water and adjust seasonings to taste!
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add ground turkey, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until turkey is cooked through (temps at 165°F). Stir in salsa and cook one more minute. Remove from heat. Add to salad immediately or chill in fridge until ready to use.
  3. Combine all ingredients for the salad in a large bowl. Drizzle with cilantro avocado salad dressing. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve immediately,