Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar

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While many taco salad recipes are topped with full fat cheese, rich sour cream, and fried tortillas, our version is full of southwest flavor, made with wholesome, clean ingredients like ground turkey and fresh tomatoes. Layer these in a jar with an easy homemade salsa avocado dressing for a quick taco salad in a jar that you can take with you to work, or store in the fridge for an quick meal.

Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar

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*includes the dressing Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/4 cup (fits well in a pint-sized jar) | Calories: 196 | Total Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 48 mg | Sodium: 469 mg | Carbohydrates: 9 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 15 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3 |


  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole grain tortilla chips, broken
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced-fat
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup salsa, no sugar added
    Creamy Salsa Dressing: (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons ripe, mashed avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup salsa


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the turkey. Cook until turkey is no longer pink and cooked through. Add spices, stir to combine and transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  2. To make the salad, divide the tortilla chips between six jars. Layer each with the salsa, turkey mixture, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese.
  3. Make the optional dressing by blending the yogurt, avocado, lime juice, and salsa in a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Top the salad with the dressing, seal the jars and store in the fridge until ready to eat. Eat within 1-2 days for best results.

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43 Comments on "Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar"

  1. Moriah  September 15, 2014

    I'm confused – this is listed as making 4 servings and each serving is a "jar". In the second paragraph it talks about dividing the chips between the 2 jars. Should that say 4 jars? Or does everything go into 2 jars…and then how do the servings play out?

    • SkinnyMs  September 15, 2014

      Moriah, A pint jar is 2 cups and a 1/2 pint jar is 1 cup. A serving size is 2 cups or 1 pint jar. Sorry for the confusion- we will fix the text to say 4 jars.

      • Chrystal  March 15, 2015

        I'm still confused by the serving size – it still says this makes 4 servings and that each serving is a jar but in the directions it says to divide it between 2 jars. Should this really be divided between 4 pint sized jars?

        • SkinnyMs  March 15, 2015

          Chrystal, This should make 2 (2 cup i.e. 1 pint sized) servings. I've corrected the directions and nutrition info. Thanks for checking.

  2. Carolyn  January 17, 2015

    I too was confused about the servings. Also your assembly direction are not the same as what the picture show. dressing and meat on the bottom with lettuce and cheese on top which makes since when you dump it out onto a plate lettuce would be on the bottom.

    • SkinnyMs  January 20, 2015

      Carolyn, This salad can be eaten straight from the jar, but feel free to assemble the salad according to your preference and serve as you see fit:).

  3. Deanna  February 10, 2015

    Have you tried freezing it? Maybe without the cheese? Wondering if that would work.

    • SkinnyMs  February 10, 2015

      Deanna, You can freeze seasoned meat, but I would not freeze lettuce, tomato, or cheese.

  4. kathiej1  June 7, 2015

    so you eat the meat cold?

    • SkinnyMs  June 8, 2015

      Yes, this is a cold salad recipe.

  5. Josie  August 5, 2015

    what is the points value if you dont use the dressing but you only use salsa?

    • SkinnyMs  August 7, 2015

      We noticed a mistake in the nutritional data for this recipe, but it has been updated now. We apologize. Your Points Plus will remain the same, whether you omit the dressing, or not. 🙂

  6. Jana  January 1, 2016

    This recipe says it makes 6 servings and each serving size is 2 cups? That would mean the recipe make 12 cups of food. Is that accurate?

    • Melissa Florero  January 3, 2016

      Jana, This should be about 1-1/4 cups per serving, which would fit easily into pint-sized jars. That’s about 7-1/2 cups total. Thanks for checking!

  7. Cheryl  April 14, 2016

    I’m sorry but I still am confused. Makes 6 servings but only 2 jars? If so then 1 jar would be 3 servings? Or is the whole recipe for only 2 servings?

    • Gale Compton  April 15, 2016

      Cheryl, The recipe is for 6 servings. The two jars was a misprint, which has been corrected. I apologize for any confusion. 🙂

  8. Talula  August 18, 2016

    Won’t the tortilla chips get soggy?

    • Gale Compton  August 19, 2016

      Talula, It’s not a big deal if they soften up a bit. They will taste like tortillas if they do. 🙂

  9. Laura  September 19, 2016

    I simply love this recipe. I tried making it earlier in the year and it has become a staple for me! So quick and easy, plus I can have it as a salad and my boyfriend can have it as an actual taco, while staying healthier! Love that!!

    • Gale Compton  September 19, 2016

      Laura, Thank you so much for the feedback! 🙂

  10. Tracey  November 1, 2016

    I am still confused if this recipe is for 6 jars or 2 jars? And if it’s 2 jars is each jar 3 servings?

    • Kym Votruba  November 3, 2016

      This recipe yields enough to fill 6 pint-sized jars. Each jar is a single serving.

  11. Christy Stone  May 1, 2017

    I love ❤️ this recipe. Really good ?

  12. Whitney  May 28, 2017

    I’m also confused now. I made 6 jars and divided everything between them and my pint jar didn’t look nearly as full. then I also tried to calculate on the WW app and only came to 3 sp per jar! Please help!

    • Gale Compton  May 29, 2017

      Whitney, Hmmmm…that’s a tough one without being there. The smartpoints are 3, since this was originally calculated counting the veggies, it was listed as 6. The points have been updated. 🙂

  13. Hanna  May 31, 2017

    When I enter this into the WW tracker given the nutritional facts I am gett 6 SP. however it should be 3 correct?

  14. Jen  July 27, 2017

    Good grief.. The confusion is endless!! Just make it and divide it as you want! Not that big of a deal!!!?

  15. Diane  January 10, 2018

    The recipe says “To make the salad, divide the tortilla chips between six jars. Layer each with half the salsa, turkey mixture, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese.” I am confused. How do you layer six jars with 1/2 of the mixture? It seems to me 1/2 the mixture would only fill two jars.

    • Gale Compton  January 10, 2018

      Diana, I removed the word “half” and now it is clear. 🙂

      • SlB  March 4, 2018

        You are spreading half the contents over the six jars, then you will do it again, yes? Layered…
        Not so complicated.

  16. Juanita  January 22, 2018

    It wasn’t confusing first off and secondly the recipe was fabulous. I don’t know why people always make things more complicated?. If you looked at the picture there were 4 jars?Thanks for the information and receive.

  17. Angela  July 22, 2018

    This is an awesome recipe! I’m going to get the ingredients and make it for my work lunches this week! I’m the oddball that didn’t pay attention to the serving info ?
    Great recipe!

    • Gale Compton  July 23, 2018

      Angela, Thank you so much for the feedback. 🙂

  18. Erin  December 30, 2018

    How long will this keep in the fridge? 2 to 3 days?

    • Nichole Furlong  December 30, 2018

      Hi Erin – this will probably only keep a day or two in the fridge, otherwise the lettuce and tortilla chips will become pretty soggy! You could have everything prepared and just assemble the jars as you need them. The ingredients will keep longer individually and not mixed with something else.

  19. Michelle  January 6, 2019

    Wow! Are you guys really that challenged ? Think about it, veggies are zero so divide them up as you wish, even as much as you want. You really could have endless lettuce! then divide up the meat and cheese accordingly, and actually ground turkey should be zero also, not really a big deal at all. ENJOY ?

  20. Noreen  January 13, 2019

    Is the salad dressing receipe for 6 servings? Or is this measured out 1 serving?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 18, 2019

      Hi Noreen. The salad dressing is six servings. Enough for each serving of the taco salad jars.

  21. Guadalupe  July 30, 2019

    what if you don’t refrigerate it? Is it okay just too eat it right right after your done making it?

    • Nichole Furlong  August 1, 2019

      Of course!

  22. Vicki  September 25, 2019

    I don’t like avacado! Is there anything I can use to replace it?

    • Nichole Furlong  September 25, 2019

      You can leave the avocado out of the recipe.


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