Taco Salad – Healthy Tex Mex! – 80 Twenty Nutrition

Taco Salad – Healthy Tex Mex!

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Healthy Taco salad with turkey, black beans and corn - tex mex recipe - gluten free, dairy free, slow carb - Christy Brissette media dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

Taco Salad is something I crave at least once a week. I love Tex Mex and Mexican food and tacos are my obsession.  The fresh tomatoes paired with the starchiness of the beans and the sweetness of the corn are perfectly balanced with the heat and umami goodness of the ground turkey.

Sure, you can get taco salads at restaurants, but they tend to be served in a deep-fried corn shell or have strips of corn chips in them. Not to mention all of the sour cream! Try my healthy taco salad for a version you can feel good about. And it’s totally customizable.

This is the perfect meal prep recipe… make it for dinner one night and have leftovers for a few days. You can always make extra turkey and repurpose in a quick chili or low carb spaghetti squash pasta.

If you’re on a low carb diet or otherwise limiting grains, this is a fabulous recipe to have in your healthy eating toolkit. I love it because it tastes like it should be junk food… but is totally guilt-free! This recipe is also gluten-free and dairy-free.

Healthy Taco salad with turkey, black beans and corn - tex mex recipe - gluten free, dairy free, slow carb - Christy Brissette media dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

If you’d like to make it vegetarian, just leave out the turkey. Super easy!

There are so many flavors in this Taco Salad that you don’t even need salad dressing. I just squeeze with some lime, add fresh herbs and it’s ready to eat. This recipe is dairy free unless you like sour cream. I sub Greek yogurt for some extra calcium and protein.

Healthy Taco salad with turkey, black beans and corn - tex mex recipe - gluten free, dairy free, slow carb - Christy Brissette media dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

Turkey Taco Salad - Healthy Tex Mex!

This low carb turkey taco salad is gluten free and dairy free. It has delicious Tex Mex flavors and is packed with protein for fewer calories than your restaurant version. It makes a great meal prep recipe as the leftovers are just as delicious!
Servings 4
Calories 340 kcal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp chili spice
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 medium Red onion diced
  • 32 oz black beans (about 2 cups) rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup corn niblets (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or mint chopped
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the turkey and spices and cook until browned.
  • Divide the vegetables and beans between 4 bowls or containers. Top with the ground turkey, squeezes of lime and the cilantro or mint. Add a few dollops of the Greek yogurt if using. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 39gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 775mgPotassium: 531mgFiber: 9gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 7200IUVitamin C: 54.5mgCalcium: 230mgIron: 6.8mg
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