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Southwest Smash Patty Salad

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Carb/Paleo
  • Super Fast
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Fast, low brow, colorful, satisfying. Keep this in your back pocket and riff on it a million ways when nothing else sounds good or everything takes too long.


  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 12 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 12 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Frozen Corn
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese (shredded, or mexican blend)
  • 2 heads Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 cups Tortilla Chips
  • 4 Tablespoons Salad Dressing

Cooking Instructions

  • 1. TURKEY

    Place turkey in a bowl with 1 Tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and stir to combine.

    In a large sauté pan, heat oil over high heat. Add the turkey and using the back of a spatula, smash it down and spread it out in the pan. It will stick for a bit, but eventually you can get it in a flat layer. Cook for 2 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 2 minutes or until its fully cooked.

    Break up the pieces of turkey and add the corn to the pan. Cook 1 minute and turn off the heat.

  • 2. SALAD

    Wash and chop lettuce. Add to a large bowl with the tomatoes, shredded cheese and break in the tortilla chips. Toss with the warm turkey and corn. Toss with dressing to taste.

  • 3. SERVING

    Serve in a large bowl and top with more cheese, chips, and/or dressing to taste.

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    omit cheese
    chicken or beef
  • CHIPS:
    they’re fun but you can add pepitas or nuts for crunch instead
  • ADD ON:
    obviously add avocado, swap out for a creamy dressing, try adding a can of beans, try with queso fresco, cucumbers would also be good

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

  1. Make or prep dressing
  2. Make turkey patties, they can be served cold or reheated before eating
  3. Store components of salad separately or they’ll get soggy
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