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turkey salad in a bowl topped with corn, avocado, tomato, black olive, tortilla chips

Paleo Turkey Taco Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Sauce

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  • Author: Dave Cohen
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Whole 30


Ditch the spice packets filled with preservatives for this homemade taco salad!  It’s lightened up by using turkey meat and will be your new favorite salad!



Turkey Taco Meat Ingredients:

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced (seeds and stem removed for less spicy)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp potato starch

Spice Mix Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Creamy Chipotle Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo, seeds removed and chopped. (only use 2 if you want it less spicy)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper



Turkey Taco Salad Steps:

  1. Grab a small bowl and mix up all of the spice ingredients in it. Set aside.
  2. Heat a 12 inch pan on medium high.  Once hot, add in 1 tbsp of Avocado Oil. Add in the ground turkey and brown the meat. This will take around 6-8 minutes. Remove turkey from pan once browned leaving the fat in the pan.
  3. Add in the onion and season with salt a nice pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook for 4-5 minutes. Add in the serrano pepper and garlic.  Cook for an additional minute.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add the turkey back to the pan. Give everything a nice mix. Add in the spice mix and stir so that everything is nicely combined.
  5. Now add in the tomato sauce and past and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the chicken broth and let this reduce a bit.
  6. Once slightly reduced, add in the potato starch and stir until thickened.  This will happen pretty quick.  Once it starts to thicken, reduce heat to low and simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors come together.
  7. Add to a bed of mixed greens and toppings of your choice.  Spoon over the dressing and enjoy!  This would be epic in tacos as well!

Creamy Chipotle Dressing Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small blender and blend until smooth.


Salad Topping Ideas:

  • Lettuce of your choice
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Tortilla strips
  • Avocado
  • Pickled onion
  • Shredded cheese