This gorgeous and colorful 8-layer taco salad recipe is made healthier by using ground turkey in place of beef, adding Greek yogurt and bumping up the amount of vegetables. Serve this salad in a clear glass bowl and you'll have an eye-catching party-worthy dinner or potluck side in just 30 minutes.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring and breaking up lumps, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, mash avocado, yogurt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl with a fork until smooth.

  • Transfer the turkey and any juice from the pan to a serving bowl. Layer chips, salsa, beans and lettuce over the turkey. Spread the avocado mixture over the lettuce. Top with cheese, then tomato.

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; protein 24.7g; carbohydrates 28.7g; dietary fiber 8.1g; sugars 2.5g; fat 20g; saturated fat 4.6g; cholesterol 52.9mg; vitamin a iu 4746.7IU; vitamin c 9.7mg; folate 127.4mcg; calcium 160.3mg; iron 4.3mg; magnesium 68.6mg; potassium 809.9mg; sodium 665.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Just like the title it is 8 layered. I made this salad for work and everyone loved it. I got home and made it again for my husband and thought it was delicious. It is easy fast and delicious. Pros: Easy fast and delicious! Cons: I would add cilantro with the lettuce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best Taco Salad Ever! I have made this salad twice now and both times it was a huge hit with my husband and I. Used black beans and a mango/peach salsa. The avocado/Greek yogurt mixture is brilliant. Will definitely be a keeper in our family. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is an excellent makeover for my favorite cuisine. However I would not put the chips in the salad. The next day..very soggy. Instead crush then on top of the salad as you serve it! Pros: NULL Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 3 stars
With the ground Turkey and beef recalls I'll go with chicken or pork afraid of romaine too sigh. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My husband loved this I had ground bison at home so used that instead of the turkey but my husband thought this was the best taco salad he ever had. Making it again tonight. Pros: quick and easy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not Mexican enough This recipe doesn't have enough heat or spice. If I make it again it will have cumin onion garlic and maybe cilantro. And maybe add some spice to some other layers. I would also put the chips on the top so they stay crisp. The avocado yogurt layer is so yummy! I might also add jalapenos. This recipe needs a boost! Pros: Beautiful easy Cons: Not enough spice Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved this salad! I made some minor alterations (ground chicken no canola oil added cumin and a dash of cayenne) but overall followed the recipe and this was a hit at dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Also great as a nacho dip! This is a fantastic recipe. We added some onion to it and paired it with blue corn tortilla chips and used it as a dip. Read More