Low carb Taco Salad (perfect for meal prep)!

Happy Taco Tuesday!  I don’t know about you, but the sunshine and warm(ish) weather we’ve been getting this past week has me STOKED for all the summer veggies coming our way.  Since we’ve got some time til it’s officially Summer, I thought I’d share this bright and colorful taco salad to hold us over – perfect all year round (and great for weekly meal prep).

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WHERE ARE THE TACO SHELLS?

Um…so….yeah.  This taco salad may not be topped with crumbled taco shells but it is packed with all of the amazing fillings you’d find in a regular ol’ taco.

Low carb Taco Salad perfect for meal prep

If you were interested in adding some crunch, you could always grab a bag of grain-free tortilla chips (These guys carry my fave grain-free, sugar-free brand, Siete and you can get 25% off with this link) – but keep in mind, this will up your carb count if you’re trying to keep things low.  Maybe save it for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!

THE SALSA IS HOMEMADE

I made this fresh salsa last summer with heirloom tomatoes.  While you can use any tomato variety you wanna, I like the heirloom variety for the pop of color and slight variation in flavor.

Low carb Taco Salad perfect for meal prep

You could always purchase a clean, fresh salsa from your local farmers market or grocery store if you don’t feel like slicing and dicing.  Just make sure you read the label to ensure you’re not getting a bunch of junk you don’t need.  Your taco salad (and body) will thank you!

I USE DIY TACO SEASONING (& SOMETIMES FETA)

I can’t for the life of me remember where I got the recipe for this DIY Taco seasoning.  It was years ago and I’m pretty sure I’ve modified it through the years to suit our tastes so I guess I can take credit for the modifications.

Low carb Taco Salad perfect for meal prep

But, while it’s an extra step, it does ensure my ingredients fit within my diet (we eat keto, which means no sugar – you won’t believe how many pre-made taco seasonings have sugar as one of the first ingredients!).  Plus, once you make it, you can use it for several dishes (you only need a tablespoon or two for this one).

The other thing I do is switch up the cheese.  If I’ve made taco salad for meal prep lunches, I’ll add cheddar cheese one day and feta another, just to change things up a bit.

SPINACH OR ROMAINE?

Your greens are a personal choice 🙂  I like to use spinach instead of romaine (which is what you typically see in a taco salad) because of the extra nutritional value – Spinach has lots of calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate.  Romaine is a lot more crunchy than spinach, but it’s not as high in folate, calcium and other nutrients.

TACO SALAD RECIPE

The recipe is below!  Super easy to make and stores well all week long in airtight glass containers in the fridge (I like these ones).

Low carb Taco Salad perfect for meal prep

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Low Carb Taco Salad
This low carb taco salad is perfect for anyone eating a grain-free, sugar-free or keto diet. East to make and an excellent meal prep lunch staple!
Servings
Ingredients
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ASSEMBLE SALAD
FRESH SALSA INGREDIENTS
DIY TACO SEASONING INGREDIENTS
Servings
Ingredients
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ASSEMBLE SALAD
FRESH SALSA INGREDIENTS
DIY TACO SEASONING INGREDIENTS
Instructions
MAKE THE SALSA
  1. Chop all of the veggies and place in a medium-size bowl. Mix well. Cut open lime and squeeze each half into bowl. Add lemon juice and cilantro. Mix well. Store in a mason jar in the fridge for use during the week!
MAKE THE TACO SEASONING
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Store in air tight container in pantry.
ASSEMBLE THE SALADS
  1. Place the ground meat in a skillet and cook over medium-heat, "chopping" with spatula as it browns (about 7-10 minutes). Drain and discard any excess grease.
  2. Return ground turkey to heat. Pour Taco seasoning and water over the turkey; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until the moisture absorbs into the meat, about 5 minutes.
  3. Chop the spinach to desired size and evenly distribute over 4 bowls (or glass containers for meal prep). Then, evenly distribute the browned turkey over the spinach in each container.
  4. Add 2 tbsp of salsa and desired toppings (cheese, dressing, etc.). NOTE: This recipe does not call for dressing as the flavors from the DIY salsa / spices in the browned meat provide plenty of flavor. However, please feel free to add whatever toppings or dressing you'd like!
Recipe Notes

SALAD MACROS: 1 serving (serves 4).  Macros below are inclusive of Spinach, cooked turkey meat and fresh salsa (per my recipe).  Does not include cheese or other toppings.

MACROS:  194 calories | 10 g fat | 24 g protein | 3 net carbs

The individual macros for the Salsa and Taco Seasoning are below!

SALSA SERVING SIZE: 2 tbsp
MACROS: 8 calories | 0 g fat | 0 g protein | 2 g carbs

TACO SEASONING SERVING SIZE: 1 tsp
MACROS: 7 calories | 0 g fat | 0 g protein | 2 g carbs

Nutritional Info Disclaimer:  I am not a medical or nutritional professional.  I provide nutritional information for my recipes as a courtesy based upon the ingredients I'm using.  I encourage you to find a nutritional calculator you like best and calculate individual nutrition info based upon the ingredients you are using.  All carb counts are based upon total carbs unless otherwise noted.

MORE AWESOME LOW CARB SALADS HERE!

Low carb Taco Salad perfect for meal prep


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