One thing I love about this time of year is eating outside and serving a simple Quick Taco Salad with Mango Salsa, and letting friends and family dive in!

Quick Taco Salad with Mango Salsa Recipe

A favorite summer and early fall meal in our home is Quick Taco Salad with Mango Salsa. It’s also such an easy meal to make for company, when you’re pressed for time, or if you’re a reluctant entertainer. Or, you just want a tasty weeknight meal for the family!

Taco Salad with Mango Salsa Recipe

What is taco salad?

Taco salad is an American dish, originated in Texas in the 1960s, that combines taco ingredients into a big salad!

My mom always made big taco salads (this Ultimate Dorito Taco Salad Recipe), and I remember the ease and casual feel to the meal.

Taco Salad with Salsa Recipe

Every night is not a masterpiece dish around our house, and in fact, we serve casual meals all the time. It’s true, for a more intimate feel, I’ll set the table and create more of a dinner party.

Quick Taco Salad with Salsa Recipe

This time … delicious mango salsa! (And if you’re in a pinch for time, buy it premade!)

You an also make your own easy, creamy taco salad dressing!

But whatever you create for your family or your friends, just the intimate act of eating together, sharing the food, is so beautiful.

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Quick Taco Salad with Mango Salsa

The food: Make the beef (or ground turkey), chop the lettuce. Set out a big bowl of chips and sour cream and all the things that you love. We love Trader Joe’s corn chili. Serve a delicious mango salsa!

The table: Set it all out on one table. Use bowls (not plates!)

The convo: Sit around and enjoy each other. Ask questions about the day, or possibly, something like … what was the most courageous thing you did today? or, how did you encourage someone today? or, what was something unique about your day? Something more than the usual … how was your day?

This is what I love about taco salad. Everyone makes their own masterpiece, their favorite flavors, and then there’s always lots leftover for people to go back for seconds!

Quick Taco Salad with Mango Salsa Recipe - tomatoes

Right now we’re loving Farmer’s Market tomatoes!

No matter what your house is like inside, how about eating outside for once, just enjoying the food and one another? Relax! Sit back, keep it casual!

And then let it all just happen.

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Quick Taco Salad with Mango Salsa


  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil plus some
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1-2 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3-4 to matoes, chopped
  • 3/4 Queso Fresco, crumbled
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salsa: 2 ripe mangoes, cubed
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chile, finely minced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 small avocado, cubed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Other Suggested Toppings: Sour cream
  • Corn chili, Trader Joe’s – optional
  • Tortilla or corn chips


  • In a large pan, coat the bottom with oil and heat on medium-high. Next, add the ground turkey and spices. Cook until turkey is fully cooked—8-10 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  • In a medium bowl, combine mango, jalapeño, avocado, lime, onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Toss desired toppings—along with salsa and ground turkey, into a bowl and enjoy!
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Quick Taco Salad with Mango Salsa

More quick, easy meals: Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders, Baked Teriyaki Chicken Tenders, Taco Pasta Salad, and Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells.

Updated from 2015.

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