Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar

Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar

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

Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar

*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: 3 |

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 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

Directions

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.

To make the salad, divide the tortilla chips between six jars. Layer each with half the salsa, turkey mixture, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese.

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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28 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?

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    • 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.

      Reply
      • 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?

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        • 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.

          Reply
  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.

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    • 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:).

      Reply
  3. Deanna  February 10, 2015

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

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  February 10, 2015

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

      Reply
  4. kathiej1  June 7, 2015

    so you eat the meat cold?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  June 8, 2015

      Yes, this is a cold salad recipe.

      Reply
  5. Josie  August 5, 2015

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

    Reply
    • 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. 🙂

      Reply
  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?

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    • 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!

      Reply
  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?

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    • 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. 🙂

      Reply
  8. Talula  August 18, 2016

    Won’t the tortilla chips get soggy?

    Reply
    • 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. 🙂

      Reply
  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!!

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  September 19, 2016

      Laura, Thank you so much for the feedback! 🙂

      Reply
  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?

    Reply
    • Kym Votruba  November 3, 2016

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

      Reply
  11. Christy Stone  May 1, 2017

    I love ❤️ this recipe. Really good 😊

    Reply
  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!

    Reply
    • 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. 🙂

      Reply
  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?

    Reply
  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!!!😳

    Reply

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