Wild Northerner Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 43

Turkey Taco Salad

Usually, taco salad comprises lettuce, beef, cheese, salsa, tortilla chips and some kind of high fat, high calorie dressing. Though it could be worse, it could always be better. This made-healthy recipe is just as colourful and crunchy; , minus the extra empty calories.

Ingredients – Serves 4

1lb (16 oz) lean ground turkey OR 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

8oz canned corn, drained and rinsed

1 avocado, diced

1 lime, quartered

6 cups greens of choice (romaine, spinach, etc.)

¼ cup crushed whole grain tortillas

3 tsp chilli powder, divided


Combine 2 tsp chilli powder with ground turkey, cook thoroughly.

Meanwhile, make the creamy avocado lime dressing.

Assemble salad: greens, avocado, tomatoes, corn, turkey, dressing.

Divide into four portions.

Sprinkle each salad with tortilla chips, chilli powder and serve with a lime wedge.

Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing


1 ripe avocado

1 lime, freshly squeeze

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

2 tbsp olive oil

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

1/4 cup water


Blend all ingredients.

Add water to thin out the dressing if necessary.

Adjust ingredients as needed based on personal preference.

Store in an airtight container for up to one week.