Healthy Taco Salad with ground turkey, veggies, greens, cheese, and one simple ingredient that replaces unhealthy bottled dressing. It is easy, filling, and a summer family favorite!

Looking for healthy side salads with the same mouthwatering Tex Mex flavors? Mexican kale salad, healthy Mexican street corn salad, or Mexican bean salad are the perfect additions to any meal!

Healthy taco salad with ground turkey, lettuce, black beans and vegetables.

This healthy taco salad is a fully loaded taco without all the carbs that come with a traditional taco! It’s fresh, vibrant, and incredibly delicious.

Make it as simple or as jazzed up with toppings as you like because this 30 minute recipe is completely customizable. Only easier are chicken tostadas ready in 20 minutes!

It’s made with ground turkey to keep it nice and lean, homemade taco seasoning to avoid all the added sodium, and beans, tomatoes, and corn, because it is a taco salad recipe after all!

We top it with plain yogurt instead of sour cream which doubles as a creamy dressing!

Eating fresh and healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. A healthy taco salad is so full of flavor it won’t be hard to get your kids to start loving healthy salad recipes too!

Restaurant vs. Homemade Taco Salad

There’s nothing like being able to control what goes into your salad and what stays out. No refined sugars, heavy oils, or sodium in the taco seasoning or the dressing. This isn’t the case when you order from a restaurant.

I love making salads that are a complete meal for filling weeknight dinners. Much like my healthy cobb salad or grilled chicken salad they are quick, easy, and perfect for using whatever is in my fridge.

Is Taco Salad Healthy?

It is healthy! Use fresh ingredients, load it up with veggies, and you can’t go wrong!

  • Low carb and gluten free
  • Lean protein
  • No heavy oils
  • Sugar free
  • Tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and more!

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Salad greens, ground turkey, plain yogurt, black beans, corn, red onion, avocado, corn and tortillas.

The Ingredients

Customize these healthy taco salad ingredients just the way you like it!

  • Greens salad mix: Sometimes referred to as spring mix. Can also use a head of romaine lettuce, baby kale, or regular kale and spinach.
  • Black beans: A popular ingredient in Mexican dishes. They add fiber, protein, and texture. Make Instant Pot black beans to further reduce sodium.
  • Chopped tomatoes: Juicy, acidic, and provides antioxidants.
  • Avocados: The good fat that gives us the creamy element we all love. Healthy fat is good for you after all, haven’t you heard?
  • Tortilla chips: Multigrain or corn are both made with wholesome ingredients and I look for baked vs. fried.
  • Shredded cheese: Freshly grated from a block. Any hard cheese will do. Cheddar is a popular choice.
  • Ground turkey: Lean protein. It’s lower in calories and has less fat than ground beef. Can also use leftover Instant Pot chicken breast that has been shredded instead.
  • Avocado oil: More healthy fat! Used to cook the turkey as it doesn’t produce as much oil.
  • Taco seasoning, divided: Adds classic taco flavor to the salad without all the junk found in a seasoning packet. I use my homemade taco seasoning recipe.
  • Salt & onion powder flakes: Just to add a bit more flavor.
  • Corn kernels: Cooked or thawed from frozen, sweet juicy kernels of corn add a pop of color and tons of taste and texture.
  • Plain yogurt: Regular, not Greek yogurt. It needs to be thin enough to be pourable. Typically, when it’s lower in fat, it’s higher in carbs, so keep that in mind.

Yogurt Dressing

If you’re one to use sour cream on your taco, you’re going to love this healthier alternative! Using yogurt as a creamy dressing keeps it simple, and avoids the heavy sugars, sodium, and high calories found in store bought dressings.

I love using plain whole yogurt in so many healthy salad recipes. Case in point, my healthy chicken salad and canned salmon salad!

It’s one ingredient that most of us already have. It’s naturally tangy and super creamy, and it helps all of the ingredients marry their flavors without taking over! Use organic or grass-fed yogurt with a fat content of 3% or more. You’ll see, the taste is next level!

How to Make Healthy Taco Salad

There are just a few easy steps that go into bringing this healthy taco salad together.

Ground turkey meat in a bowl with tomatoes and lettuce.

Cook turkey. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté ground turkey in olive oil with taco seasoning and onion flakes. Then remove to a plate.

Corn in skillet.

Cook corn. Cook corn with taco seasoning in the same skillet. You want to give it a good char, so cook undisturbed.

Tomatoes, cheese, black beans, avocado, crushed chips, corn and ground turkey with plain yogurt.

Drizzle plain yogurt over vegetables, tortilla chips, cheese, turkey and corn in a large salad bowl. You want to be able to mix salad comfortably as it is a large meal size salad. Then gently toss and serve immediately.

Get creative! The sky’s the limit for flavor combinations and add-ons. Jazz it up with salsa, pico de gallo, easy guacamole, or avocado cilantro dressing!

Storage Instructions

To Store: You can refrigerate salad leftovers for up to 2 days. Surprisingly, this healthy taco salad doesn’t become too soggy.

To Reheat: Reheat the taco meat and corn in a skillet. The only way to do this is if you’ve kept them in a separate container in the fridge.

Meal prep tip: Store all the taco ingredients in a glass jar for a week ahead. Just don’t add the crunchy chips, avocado, or yogurt until just before serving.

Healthy taco salad being mixed together in a large bowl.

Leftover Ideas

Make a healthy taco salad bowl! Place a large whole grain tortilla in an ovenproof deep bowl (stainless or metal works) and bake at 450 degrees F until crispy. Place salad in a bowl and voila.

Add leftover turkey to one pot healthy taco pasta!

You could also omit the meat entirely and serve this taco salad alongside your protein of choice like this grilled chicken breast, chili lime chicken, or cilantro lime chicken.

FAQs

What tortilla chips are healthy?

Chips are chips. They are a treat, just like air fryer nachos. But some chips contain fewer naughty ingredients. I look for organic and non-GMO chips that are lower in sodium and made with wholesome ingredients.

Brands I buy, as part of my healthy Costco shopping list, are Que Pasa, Food Should Taste Good, and Kirkland.

Is healthy taco salad best served hot or cold?

The answer is both! The ground turkey and corn are warm elements added to the crispy, cold, fresh salad base. The combination is insane!

You can enjoy it completely cold straight out of the fridge if that’s your jam.

What to serve with taco salad?

If you’re putting together a salad bar or preparing sides for a barbecue, a healthy taco salad is a welcome addition to healthy potato salad, healthy broccoli salad, and chickpea salad with avocado.

Preparing your Cinco de Mayo menu? Check out healthy fish tacos and healthy chicken enchiladas.

Taco Tuesday needs a taco salad but it also needs ground chicken tacos and Instant Pot taco soup!

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Black beans, avocado, ground turkey, corn, crushed chips, tomatoes, shredded cheese and yogurt in large bowl.
Healthy taco salad with ground turkey in a large bowl.

Easy Healthy Taco Salad with Ground Turkey

Healthy Taco Salad with ground turkey, veggies, greens, cheese, and one simple ingredient that replaces unhealthy bottled dressing.
5 from 8 votes
Servings 8 large servings
Calories 351
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 1/2 large container greens salad mix
  • 14 oz can black beans rinsed & drained
  • 4 small tomatoes chopped
  • 2 medium avocados chopped
  • 1/2 cup tortilla chips crushed
  • 1/2 cup any hard cheese shredded
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion powder/flakes
  • 2 cups corn cooked or thawed
  • 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt not Greek
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste

Instructions 

  • In a large salad bowl, add salad greens, beans, tomato, avocado, tortilla chips and cheese. Set aside.
  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add turkey and cook for 5 minutes, constantly breaking into small pieces with spatula.
  • Add 1 tbsp taco seasoning and onion flakes; cook for another 2 minutes, stirring a few times. Transfer to a salad bowl with other ingredients.
  • Return skillet to medium heat and add corn. Cook for a few minutes undisturbed, sprinkle with 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning, stir and cook for another minute. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Drizzle yogurt on top and gently toss. Adjust salt to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days. Surprisingly, this healthy taco salad doesn’t become too soggy.
  • Make ahead: Refrigerate all ingredients except chips, avocado and yogurt for up to 24 hours. Assemble right before serving.
  • Greek yogurt is too thick to mix well with other ingredients. I used 2% plain yogurt.
  • You can use Romaine lettuce, spinach or any greens in place of a salad mix.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 306mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Just want to say, brought it out for a picnic, forgot the secret ingredient (yogurt) at home, and it was still yummy! We had the leftover the next day with yogurt. We used Greek co it was what we had and it was still as good as the regular one (I’ve made the before as per recipe). Thanks once more Olena! Looking up what my next meals will be!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious!! Just had it for lunch. I eat plant base so I subbed turkey for crumbled taco tofu and used plant base yogurt. Was a little skeptical about adding yogurt but adding it made all the difference, it made the whole meal come together. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This is so good and tasted so so fresh! Wasn’t sure about the yogurt but it really added a lot to the recipe. It was so easy and quick to put together with not a lot of dishes and clean up. Will definitely be making again!

  4. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! Easy to prepare. I cut the tomatoes and avocado before heading to work as well as setting out all needed cookware and non-refrigerated items so I could get this on the table quick.
    We used ground chicken but any meat would be good. Might try pork or shrimp next. If you like things spicey you will want to livein’ this up. Seasoning is good just not spicey hot.
    Make sure you dont put chips in the serving bowl. Your leftovers will end up getting soggy in the fridge.
    We will be making this again, soon.

  5. 5 stars
    This salad is a keeper. Super good and way healthier than restaurant taco salads. I used to think that only restaurants have good salads but so happy to realize that I can make even better salads thanks to your blog 😉

    1. No-no-no. No way. 3 more salad recipes and you will not like restaurant salads anymore. TRUST ME. Glad you enjoyed.:)

  6. 5 stars
    I have just come across this recipe and cannot wait to make it. It is so easy and simple. I love that the carbs and protein are balanced out here too. So many recipes the carbs or protein are not even close to each other and for me and my daughter with IBS balancing both is important to keep food in.

    1. I’m a strong believer in balanced amount of carbs, otherwise you end up eating mostly animal products which can’t be good. Enjoy!

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