Mason Jar Taco Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Californian
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Serves:: serves 4
This salad is so tangy, flavorful, meaty and delicious; it’s a simple favorite you’ll love!
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil Plus extra
  • 1 Shallot, peeled and diced small
  • 1 lb Ground turkey
  • 2 C Baby Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ C Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 T Freshly squeezed lime juice; plus 4 wedges (1 each) to garnish servings
  • 1 (15oz) can Low-sodium Kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Avocados, pitted, peeled, and chopped into ¾” pieces
  • 1 T Fresh lemon juice
  • 4 C Romaine lettuce, roughly chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 C Mild Cheddar Cheese, grated, to garnish (optional)
  • 1 C Fritos brand corn chips, to garnish (optional)
  • Seasoning Ingredients:
  • 2 t Chili Powder
  • 1 t Ground Cumin
  • 1 t Kosher Sea Salt
  • ½ t Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ t Garlic Powder
  • ½ t Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ t Onion Powder
  • ¼ t Dried Oregano
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • ½ C Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ C Olive oil
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil.
  2. When hot, cook shallot until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add turkey, stirring occasionally and cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  4. Drain, then add seasonings, combining them well.
  5. Check seasonings for taste.
  6. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  7. Meanwhile, using a wide funnel, in each mason jar, add 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  8. Add cut tomatoes dividing them evenly into jars.
  9. Once turkey is cooled, add cilantro, kidney beans and lime juice, and stir well.
  10. Follow with the turkey meat into each jar.
  11. In a small bowl, fill with cool water and stir lemon juice into it.
  12. Add avocado chunks into lemon water, stir gently, and drain water from bowl by pouring into a strainer.
  13. Remove avocado chunks and divide evenly into the jars.
  14. Add chopped lettuce, cheese, a lime wedge and extra cilantro, if desired.
  15. When ready to serve, empty jar ingredients into a bowl, helping with a spoon if needed; squeeze lime wedge over salad, toss gently and garnish with chips, if desired.
  16. This will last about a week refrigerated. Store chips at room temperature.
Recipe by My Sweet California Life at