Loaded Turkey Taco Salads

Noooow this is the story all about how this meal got flipped turned upside down.
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there
I’ll tell you how this taco became a salad with dope flair.


In the west of the pantry shy of arms and laigs
Sat a sweet potato livin’ out the rest of its days.

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Chillin’ out freezer-style I had some corn
A can of kidney beans and salad greens I coulda’ sworn.

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When a couple of sprigs from cilantro-hood, started making pesto like it’s all good.

I roasted one little pepper and my mouth got scared
and said, “You’re blizting with the lime and herbs up in there!”

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I whistled for the turkey and when it hit the pan
the seasonings were raging so I had to taste it, man.

If anything I could say that taco shells would be ace,


I pulled up to the plate about 7 or 8
and I yelled to the kitchen, “YO HOME, CLEAN YA LATA!”


I looked at my salad I was finally there
to destroy it like an unabashed grizzly bear.

Loaded Turkey Tacos Salads:

What it took for 4 dinner salads:

* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus 1 tsp
* 1 sweet potato, cut into a fine dice
* 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
* 1 pound ground turkey
* 3 Tbs. fave taco seasoning, divided
* 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 cup cilantro
* 2 Tbs. lime juice
* 1 jalapeno pepper
* 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1 avocado, finely diced
* 8 cups mixed greens
* crumbled queso fresco

Preheat oven to 400.

Toss the sweet potatoes with a Tbs. of olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 Tbs. taco seasoning, salt and pepper; arrange on a baking sheet.

Toss the corn with a tsp of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Arrange on a separate smaller baking sheet.

Put both trays in the oven; roast the corn for 10 minutes, and the sweet potatoes for 20.

Once you take the veggies out, flip the oven to broil. Place the jalapeno on the small baking sheet and broil until blackened and charred all over, 5 minutes. Immediately transfer the pepper to a plastic baggie and let sit about 10 minutes.

Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet over medium-high, about 7 minutes. Season with 2 Tbs. of your fave taco seasoning and a good pinch of salt. Add a little water to keep it from drying out.

Now back to the pepper. Remove the skin from the pepper, cut off the stem and scoop out the seeds. Place the pepper in a small food processor, along with the cilantro, lime juice, 2 Tbs. olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Blitz until smooth.

Add the roasted corn to the cilantro pesto and stir to combine.

Now you just layer!

Arrange about 2 cups of salad greens per plate. Top with seasoned turkey, kidney beans, cherry tomatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, a good drizzle of the cilantro corn pesto, and crumbled queso fresco.

Omg eat up.

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44 Responses to Loaded Turkey Taco Salads

  1. Jil DIRenzo January 14, 2013 at 8:17 am #
    Hahahaha! LOVE your "rap"! Food looks good too. :)
  2. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 14, 2013 at 8:32 am #
    Awesome! Totally going to have that in my head all day now! I want to pesto right now!
  3. Anniek January 14, 2013 at 8:35 am #
    love love loved the rap! you should serve Will Smith with this food.
  4. Carly @ Snack Therapy January 14, 2013 at 8:53 am #
    Now I have not only the song, but also the thought of making this taco salad stuck up in my head alllll day. So not complaining.
  5. Liz January 14, 2013 at 8:54 am #
    omg...I LOVE YOU.
  6. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 14, 2013 at 9:03 am #
    WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. Also LOL! Also ROFL! Also you are a visionary and this is amazing.
  7. Cassie | Bake Your Day January 14, 2013 at 9:12 am #
    You are too good. And so is this salad!
  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 14, 2013 at 9:45 am #
    Can you come to house and make me pestos with various herbs, nuts and cheeses?
  9. Heather @ Heather's Dish January 14, 2013 at 9:58 am #
    I will now officially have the Fresh Prince theme song stuck in my head all day today ;)
  10. Katie January 14, 2013 at 10:09 am #
    Took me right back to after-school junior high. Plus the salad, which just went on our menu for the week.
  11. a farmer in the dell January 14, 2013 at 10:25 am #
    I miss Fresh Prince! That song is going to be stuck in my head all day! love the taco salad.
  12. Megan {Country Cleaver{ January 14, 2013 at 10:48 am #
    A) I'm gonna have that song stuck in my head forever. 2) I'm currently doing a mental inventory of my closet at home so I can promptly jump into a neon multi-colored knit sweater when I get home. iii) I need a little more of this and Will Smith Circa '94 in my life. Together. Do you think I could hire him to sing that song as I ate this salad? I'd be willing to drop dolla bills for dat.
  13. Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 14, 2013 at 11:09 am #
    Too weird, I had plans to make taco salad tonight using my leftover turkey chili. The sweet potatoes and cilantro pesto are a tasty addition to this yummy salad! Tonight I will be making my salad with your song/rap in my head, and my prince will gobble it all up.
  14. Shea Goldstein January 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm #
    I just laughed out loud! LOVE the rap - AND the taco salad :)
  15. Rachel Cooks January 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm #
    I had some turkey in the fridge that I was totally going to do something lame with (we're talking spaghetti, here)....but now I want to make this. But who am I kidding, I got like 3 hours of sleep last night. It's probably gonna be spaghetti.
  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm #
    Wow - this is a salad I can get onboard with!
  17. Janie Davis January 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm #
    Yum yum! Making it tonight! Question:what kind of cheese is that?
  18. cindy January 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm #
    I definitely read that with the Fresh Prince's voice in my head. Loved it, ha! Also, love salads like this--plus it's pretty!
  19. Amanda January 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm #
    Seriously laughing out loud!! Love this post! And salad. :)
  20. Rachel January 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm #
    Hi Bev - I stumbled upon your blog a couple of weeks ago and have already made several of your recipes. They never cease to impress! I do, however, have one question about this delicious meal... what do you do w/ the leftover tbs of taco seasoning? I may be missing this, repeatedly, but I'm not sure where you use it. In the cilantro pesto?
    • Bev Weidner January 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm #
      Ahhhhh thank you for pointing this out! You'll toss the remaining Tbs. seasoning with the sweet potatoes (before roasting)! Totally spaced on that. I'll update the instructions now. Thank you!
      • Rachel January 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm #
        Thanks for such a quick response. The husband and I just finished eating it for supper. Loooooved it.
  21. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm #
    FUNNY! I do love a good taco salad.
  22. Julie @ Table for Two January 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm #
    how do i get these on my plate asap without having to actually lift a finger?? haha :)
  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm #
    Hahaha yessss. Is it weird that I read this in a Fresh Prince voice and not....a female one? I want that cilantro pesto on every salad I eat from now on!!
  24. Tracey @ Cooking with Love January 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm #
    Looks so delish! I LOVE a good taco salad. I just bought 4 lbs of ground turkey, and now I know what to do with some of it!! :)
  25. Ross | TheFaceBaby January 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm #
    Doeeeeees this meal come with a pair of neon short-shorts and a faded flat-top? Either way, I'm in.
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  27. Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 20, 2013 at 6:32 am #
    Now this is my kind of taco salad!
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    I love this twist on traditional taco salads. YUM! I found your site through Pinterest! I'm featuring this recipe on my post for my top 10 favorite salad recipes. The post will be going live tomorrow at 6pm EST. I would love it if you stopped by! Have a great week! I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more recipes.
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    Stumbled upon this site...that...was...amazing...! And now I'm off to go make this.
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