Healthy Taco Salad Recipe

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This healthy taco salad recipe is a great alternative to more tacos this Tuesday!

Need a quick, clean eating taco salad recipe for taco Tuesdays?

An up close image of this Clean Eating Taco Salad showing meat, corn, black beans and topped with avocado.

I’ve recently returned to work after being a stay-at-home mom for nearly two years. What a culture shock! I’m working as a clerk in a hospital, and there is TONS of new stuff to learn. So needless to say, I’ve been pretty wiped out when I get home at night (The first week is always the hardest!).

So my Honey has pitched in with trying to make dinner for us, and I have to say, he’s doing a FABULOUS job! I might make a cook out of him yet!

Tonight he made us this lovely taco salad, and I almost overate because it was so delish! I was able to stop myself before I ate too much, but boy am I looking forward to lunch tomorrow!

Taco salads are a wonderful way to shake things up on Taco Tuesdays if you do that in your household. Otherwise, they make a wonderful and quick dinner on a busy weeknight. The leftovers are absolutely fabulous for lunch the next day and you will feel totally full between meals. This is very filling stuff.

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Clean Eating Taco Salad

Healthy Taco Salad

Nothing beats a taco salad in my house. They are so versatile and delicious!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 212kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1⅓ lb. ground turkey
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste after cooking

Topping Suggestions

  • avocado or guacamole (see link above)
  • corn (organic to avoid GMO corn)
  • lettuce (chopped)
  • black beans (no sugar added if purchased)
  • salsa (no sugar added if purchased)
  • tomatoes (chopped)
  • onions (chopped)
  • olives (sliced)
  • cheese (buy the block and shred it at home)
  • fresh cilantro


  • Prepare your meat in a nonstick pan using either chicken broth or ½ teaspoon olive oil to cook it. Add all meat mixture ingredients to the pan and cook until the meat is done.
  • Prepare all other ingredients.
  • Layer all the ingredients in a large baking dish or directly on your plate and serve.


Please Note: Nutritional information not available for this recipe and will depend on toppings used.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1985IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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  1. I love your blog! I’m just starting to eat clean this week and your suggestions and recipes have helped so much.
    I am excited about trying the recipe above because I love any food Mexican. For any sour cream lovers out there – you can use a dollop of low fat/non fat plain greek yogurt. I was resitant at first…but it has the similar satsification of sour cream.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Thanks Amy! Great suggestion!

  2. For a veg-friendly update, try sausage-style soy crumbles (like the frozen kind from Morningstar Farms) instead of the ground turkey–and, add some cumin for more Mexi-flavor!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      That’s great Charlena! Thanks for the tip!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mindy – It depends on the type of meat used and the toppings you use.

  3. says:

    Love, love, love. I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – Hope you like it!! 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Jessica – I’m sorry you didn’t like it! It’s been a favorite in our house for years now. I hope you’ll enjoy other recipes of mine.

  5. Thank you again, I am new here and have been preparing a recipe a day from your site !! Love it – keep up the great work :-)))

    1. Anonymous says:

      Psuwife – I’m flattered! Thank you so much!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Aberc – Oh wow! I never thought of using quinoa. What a great idea! Thanks!

  7. Tanya Aragunde says:

    I made this for my family tonight, and I got rave reviews. To be honest when I was mixing the spices in I thought they would be too much and that the taste would be off, boy was I wrong. This is hands down an amazing and flavorful recipe. I plan on having this weekly, I would make it nightly but I don’t want to get sick of it!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tanya – Haha!! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  8. Nichole Goodrich says:

    Hi! I’m a longtime follower of your site and have recently become obsessed with (unclean) taco salads. So, obv I’m here to clean that crap up!!!

    My question…I love love love love avocado. However, to top the salad w/ avocado doesn’t require a whole avocado. In fact, if I ate a whole avocado I’d be way over my macros for fat for the day. (Good fat, yes, but still, fatty fat fat fat…) What do I do with the rest of the avocado?

    Your assistance is greatly appreciated in this manner 😉

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nichole – I’ve never had to worry about that. I just eat the whole avocado. 🙂
      But you could just make a small batch of guac and wrap it up tight for the next day. The lemon or lime juice will help preserve it as will proper wrapping with plastic wrap. It would be yummy on toast for breakfast the next morning too!

  9. We made this for the second time last night, yummy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – Fantastic! 😀

  10. Do you have a recommendation for brands of corn and black beans that you use for this recipe? Trying to clean up the family eating habits and this recipe sounds delicious. Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Peggy – Depends on what stores you have available to you. But I buy frozen organic corn and canned black beans. I get the Eden brand cans so there is no BPA in them.

  11. I just discovered this recipe about a month or so ago, and I’ve made it several times already! I don’t crave many meals repetitively like I have this one! I did add a little cumin to it the second time around. 🙂 Love your site!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tasha – Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I crave it from time to time too. It’s good stuff! 😀

  12. Mar Alkemade says:

    I’m just starting a 7 days of a clean eating meal plan and want to make these tacos.. how many servings is the recipe? In general do all these recipes serve 2 people? 4? Can you clarify?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mar – I’m guessing there would be about 4 servings. You could always freeze the meat after cooking if you have too much.

  13. Hi, is there a dressing that goes along with this taco salad and/or each salad listed? Do we just choose whatever dressing we like and use it? Please help, I am frustrated because there are so many good recipes here that are healthy but I love my dressing, so let me know. Thank you Tiffany! Awesome website! Definitely a treasure on the internet!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Holly – Thank you! We have always used salsa. But a wonderful dressing would be to mix some of your favorite salsa with either some clean mayo (if you don’t mind the fat) or with some plain greek yogurt. (like a spicy, salsa sour cream dressing). Also, the first two dressings at this link would work well:

      Hope that helps!

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