Pumpkin Taco Salad

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Disclaimer: I've never gotten into the whole pumpkin thing. PSL - ew what? Pumpkin everything has never been my thing, until this year, aka the fall that a Trader Joe's opened around the corner from my work (I don't even have to CROSS THE STREET to get there) and this happened:

I'm pretty sure I'm the exact personality type that Trader Joe's and Costco and Sam's Club target with their samples. Everything I taste I HAVE TO HAVE- like ALL the samples, I need them. So last week turned into a pumpkin week thanks to Trader Joe's.

Servings: 3
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

For the meat:

  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper sprinkles

For the salad serve with:

  • Lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Sliced onions
  • Salsa
Combine the raw turkey with the seasonings and pumpkin. Mix well. Cook over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan and cook until turkey is browned.

Toss with the salad ingredients.

Tell me: do you get into the whole pumpkin thing?  


  1. Looks sooo good... one weekend I have a lot of pinning to do!! I am surprised I haven't bumped into you at TJs yet... I am probably there 3x a week haha

    1. I always go on my lunch break to avoid crowds!

  2. As I read this I am drinking pumpkin spiced coffee. LOL. That sounds delicious and a super easy recipe!

  3. now this is one i've not heard of before!

  4. PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! And yes - as of last year - I was a new pumpkin convert as well! I don't know when it happened - but I am seriously hooked.

    I put pumpkin in my sauces - and adding it to a taco salad sounds like AMAZING.

    Over the weekend - I had a turkey burger, and a had a cup of pumpkin soup - Not going to lie, and I'm not embarrassed about it - I dipped the burger in the soup. HAHAHAHAHA

  5. A pairing I would have never thought of!!! Sounds really good though!

  6. I'm not a pumpkin girl unless it's my mum's pumpkin soup lol.

  7. I have never really thought to put pumpkin in salad before! I am not sure if I would be a fan or not but I am slowly acceptable to new ways to eat pumpkin. You know, other than the liquid pumpkin beverages and beers haha!

  8. I made pumpkin chili last year and it was ok but it was not what I look for in pumpkin or chili. however, in a taco - that is something totally different! I'll have to try it out. I have been seeing pumpkin EVERYTHING this year..... it is pretty crazy

  9. This sounds really different...I'm not a HUGE pumpkin fan, but I'd give it a shot. Sometimes using an ingredient in a really unique way can end up be AMAZING, right?!

  10. I love taco salad. I would never have thought about trying it with pumpkin. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but I would love to be more open to trying new things.

    1. I didn't think I was either until Trader Joe's introduced me to all things pumpkin! haha!

  11. I don't get into the whole pumpkin craze but I can take it in small doses. Love a good salad though!

  12. I loved all things pumpkin....yes that is in the past tense bc now that I am gluten free I cannot eat half....okay lets be honest 3/4th of the things that are made in pumpkin flavor. I'm glad we have been able to switch places. Please eat all the pumpkin for me!

  13. This looks super good! :D I can't believe I used to dislike pumpkin! (I have no idea what I was thinking.)

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