Taco salad

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

All the yummy flavors of tacos in a lightened up, beautiful salad!


  • 1 heaping cup brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers (multi colored if you have them)
  • 1 to 1.25 pounds ground turkey (or you could sub ground beef)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (homemade or store bought)
  • 3-4 cups chopped lettuce, for serving
  • Optional toppings: chopped tomatoes, sliced avocado, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salsa, chopped olives, sliced jalapeños, crushed tortilla chips


  1. Cook brown rice.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add bell peppers and sauté for 5 minutes or until softened.
  3. Move bell peppers to edge of pan and add ground turkey to middle of pan. Cook 5-7 minutes, turning and breaking up with a spoon, until the turkey is cooked through.
  4. Sprinkle everything with taco seasoning, add 2-4 tablespoons of water and mix it all together.
  5. Once simmering, turn the heat down to low and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes to let all the flavors meld together.
  6. Assemble your salads as desired with either a base of rice or of lettuce. Add the turkey-pepper mixture and finish with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes

See below for some variations to try.

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