Green Chile Turkey Taco Salad
This Green Chile Turkey Taco Salad has turkey that’s seasoned with green chile salsa, and there’s green chile salsa in the dressing too. Green chile fans are going to love this dairy-free taco salad that’s also Paleo and Whole 30 approved!
I’m a big fan of taco salad, so recently when my niece and cooking assistant Kara was doing the Whole 30 challenge, I thought it would be fun to come up with a taco salad that’s also Whole 30 and Paleo approved. I also wanted a taco salad that didn’t have beef and was dairy-free because I already have a great recipe for Perfect Low-Carb Taco Salad with beef and cheese. This delicious Green Chile Turkey Taco Salad is the combination we came up with, and if you like the flavor of slightly-spicy green chiles I bet you’re going to love this salad!
Simmering the meat with green chile salsa and other seasonings and then using a little of the same salsa to add flavor to the dressing, plus adding green and red bell peppers and finely chopped fresh Poblano chiles to the salad greens gives this salad a lot of savory chile flavor with just a little heat. Kara and I both loved the flavor of this turkey taco meat mixture; if you have family members who don’t want salad it would be delicious inside tortillas for regular tacos as well.
What are Green Chiles?
Green chiles are not jalapenos! Instead they’re a milder type of green chile pepper variety that includes Anaheim chiles and a famous green chile variety called Hatch Chiles which are grown near Hatch, New Mexico. Green chiles are often made into green chile salsa, and most green chile salsas are fairly low in carbs.
How to Make Green Chile Turkey Taco Salad:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.
- If you want your salad to be Whole 30 or Paleo friendly, be sure to find a green chile salsa without added sugar. I found the one in this photo at my local Smith’s MarketPlace (Kroger) and the ingredients are green chiles, onions, garlic, and salt.
- Brown the ground turkey well. Most ground turkey will release some water, so cook it until that’s completely evaporated.
- Then add the green chile salsa, lime juice, canned green chiles, cumin, and a little salt and pepper and simmer on low until all the liquid has evaporated.
- Continue to cook until all the liquid has been absorbed into the meat or evaporated.
- While the meat simmers, pulse together green chile salsa, lime juice, cumin, chopped cilantro, salt, and olive oil to make the dressing. (You can use a food processor but I used the bowl attachment of my Immersion Blender (affiliate link) to make the dressing. You could also finely chop the cilantro and whisk the dressing ingredients together by hand.)
- Slice the green and red bell pepper into strips and finely chop half of a Poblano chile (sometimes called Pasilla peppers in U.S. grocery stores.)
- Cut up avocado and toss with lime juice.
- Toss together the Romaine lettuce, red and green bell pepper strips, diced Poblano, and chopped cilantro (if using).
- Add enough dressing to moisten the greens and vegetables. Arrange the greens mixture on individual plates, top with desired amount of the meat mixture, and garnish with chopped avocado.
I promise with all the green chile flavor going on in this salad, you wont’ miss the cheese!
More Tasty Taco Salads to Enjoy:
Perfect Low-Carb Taco Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Taco Salad ~ Chinese Grandma
Baby Kale Paleo Taco Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Taco Salad with Paleo Catalina Dressing ~ Big Red Kitchen
Vegetarian Lentil Taco Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Avocados ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
If you want this salad to be low in carbs or suitable for the Paleo or Whole 30 diets, be sure to choose green chile salsa without added sugar. Cilantro is optional but recommended, use sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for this recipe. This recipe created by Kalyn, with suggestions and tasting help from Kara. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Turkey Mixture Ingredients:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 579Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 8.3gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 504mgCarbohydrates: 18.8gFiber: 9.5gSugar: 8gProtein: 33g
If you want this salad to be low in carbs or suitable for the Paleo or Whole 30 diets, be sure to choose green chile salsa without added sugar. Cilantro is optional but recommended, use sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro fan. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for this recipe.
This recipe created by Kalyn, with suggestions and tasting help from Kara.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Every ingredient in this Green Chile Turkey Paleo Taco Salad is suitable for Paleo and Whole 30 diets. The salad will also work for all phases of the original South Beach Diet! This salad does have some carbs but there is quite a bit of fiber. If you want a lower-carb version use half the amount of peppers and avocado.
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