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Southwest BBQ Turkey Tacos – and a Giveaway

Update: Congrats to Shaina, our giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered.

We love Thanksgiving and all of its warm, rich, comfort foods. But sometimes it’s good to lighten things up a little bit, add some new color, throw in a little crunch, or just find a way to make everything a just little bit healthier. That’s where our favorite Dole salad kits and blends come in – They’ve got just the right mix of color and flavor to add “pop” to everything from Thanksgiving featured dishes, to lunchbox leftovers.

Here’s what’s we love about working these salad kits into your Thanksgiving routine: 1) They incorporate all different varieties of greens, so you get the whole spectrum of colors, flavors, and nutrition. 2) They’re already perfectly chopped up, so you don’t have to lift a finger to do any amount of extra work on chopping, dicing, or slicing. 3) They’re perfectly sized for a meal so you can use them right up, and not have to worry about leftovers of the leftovers (this can go on and on in our house, as things go back in the fridge in smaller and smaller containers).

chopped salad kit

Since we’ve got so many taco lovers in the house, we decided to use the Dole Chopped BBQ Ranch salad kit to make some Southwest BBQ Turkey Tacos. The beauty of building a taco from a salad base is that you’re not tempted to overload on the meat or the dressing – we made the vegetables the star of the show. This kit is chock-full of green and red cabbage, romaine, kale, sweet carrots, and green onions.

salad in the middle

For these tacos, we put on the naked salad mix first, followed by the cilantro, onions, cheese and a little bit of turkey, and then we drizzled the whole thing with the smokey BBQ ranch dressing that came with the salad. The taste is reminiscent of Baja fish tacos that are served with crunchy cabbage and a crema garnish – except these lightened-up tacos don’t have all the extra fat of the deep-fried fish.

Southwestern Turkey Tacos

4 from 2 votes

Southwest BBQ Turkey Tacos

Lightened-up Thanksgiving leftovers made with a crunchy salad and BBQ ranch dressing
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Jeanne Fratello


  • 1 Dole Chopped BBQ Ranch Salad Kit
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 4 ounces cotillo cheese
  • 10-12 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 8 ounces carved turkey diced
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 T. olive oil


  1. Prepare the fillings: Empty the greens contents of the salad mix into a large bowl. Set out portions of the onion, cilantro, cheese, and turkey.
  2. In a small non-stick pan, drizzle a small amount of olive oil. Heat a tortilla over medium heat until it is lightly golden brown on one side - about 2 minutes - flip, and repeat. Repeat for the remaining tortillas. Lay out the tortillas on a platter.
  3. Top each tortilla with a scoop of lettuce mixture, and sprinkling of onions, cheese, turkey, and cilantro. (Optional: Add the crunchy tortilla strips included in the salad mix.) Drizzle each taco with a small amount of BBQ ranch dressing from the salad kit (a little goes a long way!).
  4. Serve immediately. Serves 8.

Here’s a tip for getting the dressing just right: Cut off a teeny corner from the dressing packet so that you can squeeze it out to get the perfect drizzle.

side view tacos

Note: The Chopped BBQ Ranch salad kit is just one of our favorites; we also love the other new Dole Chopped Salad kits including Sesame Asian, Sunflower Crunch, and Kale Caesar. Another great collection from Dole is the Power Up Greens collection that offers baby kale, baby kale and greens, and spring mix and greens all in a handy, ready-to-use package.

Looking for more healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Check out these beautiful favorites from the Dole recipe collection:

Roast Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Vegetable and Kale Au Gratin

Caramelized Pear, Roasted Tomato and Lentil Salad

And now for the giveaway! We’re proud to give away a stash of Dole goodies, just in time for your holiday cooking. Enter through this Rafflecopter between Friday, November 21 and Friday, November 28, to win a Dole tote bag, a Dole tumbler, Dole collapsible bento box, 3 Dole salad coupons, and the Eating Well cookbook. Good luck, and happy Turkey day!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blogger disclosure: We received compensation from Dole for this post and giveaway. All opinions expressed are our own.

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15 Responses to Southwest BBQ Turkey Tacos – and a Giveaway

  1. Erin M. November 21, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    I love to make salads with the left overs!

  2. Shaina November 21, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    I actually very rarely eat Thanksgiving leftovers… I guess that’s my healthy way of having them, I just don’t. Haha.

  3. Kim - Liv Life November 21, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Now that is totally thinking out of the bag… !! 🙂 Sorry… couldn’t resist!! I can see how it would be easy to overload with so many incredible ingredients to choose from. Love these tacos!

  4. Doris November 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Turkey fried rice or a stir-fry with any leftover veggies.

  5. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious November 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Yumfest tacos!

  6. Jordan D. November 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I love making a turkey soup with Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s a great way to use the whole turkey and any leftover veggies.

  7. Marie November 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I like to use it either in salads or sandwiches.

  8. David November 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    I like to put leftover stuffing and turkey in a tortilla and eat it like a fajita. I know it isn’t super-healthy, but I can justify it as healthy because tortillas are relatively healthy!!!

  9. Julie November 25, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    We use them in sandwiches
    thanks for the giveawawa6y

  10. Amanda D. November 25, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I like to make a turkey and bean soup or sandwiches with the leftovers!

  11. Kristin Goodson November 25, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    I use the meat for leftover omelets and salads!

  12. manda November 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Turkey salad.

  13. Deborah Gardner November 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    I like making soup with the leftover turkey! Tacos is a great idea though!

  14. Deborah Gardner November 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    I like to make soup with the leftover turkey!

  15. Linda November 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    salads are great

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