Taco salad with spicy avocado dressing is a filling, flavorful, healthy main course salad. This taco salad recipe combines lean ground turkey, your favorite taco toppings, and homemade avocado salad dressing.
Ryan and I do not eat a lot of big salads. Sure we eat simple salads as a starter, but very rarely is salad all that we have for dinner. However, this week has been really busy, both at work and at home, so I was looking for some quick fix meals. This taco salad with spicy avocado dressing fits the bill perfectly. It is loaded with all of my favorite taco fixins, like beans, tomatoes, cheese, tortilla strips and seasoned ground turkey.
When it comes to salad dressings, more often than not, I am a vinaigrette kind of girl. But I got the idea for an avocado dressing after going to lunch with my mother-in-law a couple of weeks ago. We went to a favorite Tex-Mex style restaurant while we were visiting family. My mother-in-law ordered a salad that came with ranch avocado dressing. While I like the idea of avocado ranch, I’ve had a lot of ranch lately.
So, I decided to take the avocado element and make a spicy dressing for my taco salad. The dressing is thick, creamy and dresses this salad nicely. And I must confess, maybe now I am a spicy avocado dressing kind of girl.
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LisaAMarch 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm
Des, I just made this dressing tonight…it was delicious!! And much lighter, I’m sure, than the green goddess dressing that I usually use to dress my taco salad (which is also very good but has 3/4 cups of olive oil in it..yikes)
Thank you for sharing your recipe..it’s definitely a keeper for me :-)
CarolSeptember 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm
This salad looks hands down wonderful and I wish I was having some right now! My tummy’s rumblin’!
I can’t wait to try this….the dressing sounds like one at our favorite Mexican restaurant-I loved the salad it was on and didn’t they go and take it off the menu? Now I’ll be able to make it at home….WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!! :) Yep-I’m happy……
nfmgirlSeptember 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm
I’m eating this now. Yum! My boyfriend loves it, too. Thanks for the recipe!
DesereeSeptember 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm
nfmgirl: You’re welcome! :)
Southern Grace GourmetSeptember 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm
Looks so delicious. I make my salad almost the same as yours, but I love your avocado dressing, I will definitely try!
Harold (SMM)September 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm
Well, I am the kind of guy who will make a meal out of a salad and this sounds really good. I am particularly keen on the spicy avocado dressing you give the recipe for us to try. I probably would be curious to kick it up some with an habanero.
cassieSeptember 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm
Don’t you just love cumin? It makes all things yummy. Nice salad!