Leftover Turkey Nachos Salad Bowls will put Thanksgiving leftovers to good use! A healthy leftover gluten-free turkey nachos salad recipe, loaded with roasted turkey, jalapeños, sweet potatoes, gluten-free tortilla chips, and a dairy-free-friendly salsa con queso topping. It’s wholesome, easy to make, and delicious!
Can Nachos Be Considered a Salad?
According to Merriam-Webster, the definitions of salads and nachos are as follows:
- Salad: a cold dish of raw greens (such as lettuce) often combined with other vegetables and toppings and served especially with dressing
- Nachos: a tortilla chip topped with melted cheese and often additional savory toppings (such as hot peppers or refried beans)
The primary difference is that salads are typically served cold while nachos are served warm – but they don’t have to be! We’re willing to bend the rules a little and call this recipe a nachos salad.
Whatever it is, it always tastes great!
What’s In a Turkey Nachos Salad?
There really aren’t any rules when it comes to assembling a nachos salad. However, to get you started, here’s what we include:
- Vegan Con Queso – Swap it out with pre-made queso, shredded cheese, or non-dairy cheese, if preferred.
- Vegetables – Leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, etc.), sweet potato, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, zucchini, grape or cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños
- Leftover Sliced Turkey – Feel free to use any leftovers such as ground turkey, ham, shredded chicken, ground beef, tempeh, or chickpeas.
- Gluten-Free Tortilla Chips – We use blue corn tortilla chips, but any gluten-free tortilla chips or nacho chips will work.
- Flavor Enhancers – Fresh cilantro, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of lime juice
- Olive Oil – Technically optional, this serves as a sort of “dressing”.
Flavor Variation: Enjoy this recipe all year long, and give it a bit of Mexican-inspired flair! Season the turkey with taco seasoning. Then, add red onion, pico de gallo, black beans or kidney beans, Cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and cilantro or parsley for taco salad-inspired nachos!
How to Assemble a Leftover Turkey Nachos Salad Recipe
Thanks to the use of leftovers, this recipe comes together with minimal prep time, no cook time, and a total time of minutes!
- Heat the queso. Warm the queso in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between until your desired temperature is achieved.
- Assemble the bowls. Divide the ingredients evenly between two or three bowls. Start with the greens, layer the veggies on top, and add the turkey, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, and chips.
- Season. Sprinkle each bowl with the seasonings, and add a squeeze of lime juice on top followed by the olive oil, if using.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
You can prepare the individual ingredients ahead of time. In fact, we recommend it as the recipe is meant to use leftovers! Just be sure to reheat the tortilla and chips before serving!
Stored in separate airtight containers, the ingredients will stay fresh in the fridge for up to three to four days. Then, all you have to do is assemble the bowls when you’re ready to eat.
That said, we don’t recommend storing the nachos salad bowls once they are assembled as they tend to wilt and become soggy.
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