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weeknight Thai Turkey Sald with Fresh Cucumber & Mint

  • Author: Lindsay Pleskot, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This recipes comes together for a quick, balanced weeknight meal. It is packed with protein, fiber, fresh vegetables and herbs for a filling satisfying meal! 

Note: This recipe is from The 3-2-1 Method Meal Plans  where some ingredients have been prepped ahead of time. If you don’t have anything prepped, it will take closer to 30 minutes but is still a simple meal to throw togehter! I’ve included instructions for both in the recipe below.



  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked (approx 1/2 cup uncooked)
  • 1 lb ground turkey, cooked 
  • 12 Tbsp olive oil (if prepping ground turkey from scratch)
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 yellow pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of 2 lime


Note: If you don’t have your quinoa and ground turkey prepped ahead of time, see notes below for how to!

  1. To a medium-sized frying pan, add cooked ground turkey, fish sauce, sugar, and water. Heat, stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3-4 minutes
  2. Add cooked quinoa and stir to combine, cooking until heated through, 1-2 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and add peppers, cucumber and lime juice.
  4. Plate and top with chopped peanuts and a squeeze of lime if desired.



If prepping from scratch –

  1. Start with Quinoa:
    • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Quinoa about quadruples in volume once cooked. Approx. 1/2 cup dry quinoa will yield 2 cups cooked.
  2. Next, Brown Turkey:
    • Heat 1-2 Tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, breaking it up and spreading it out over the pan. Season with salt & pepper
    • Let the turkey brown on the first side, 4-5 minutes. Don’t stir too frequently, this prevents the actually browning which is where all the flavor builds!
    • Flip the turkey over to brown on the other side, breaking it up into pieces with a spoon
  3. Finish by washing & cutting up veggies & mint while quinoa & turkey cook.
  • Swaps
    • Ground turkey: ground chicken, ground beef, veggie ground round, lentils, crumbled tempeh or tofu, or edamame beans
    • Quinoa: millet, couscous, rice
    • Cucumber & Yellow Pepper: zucchini, radish, snap peas
  • Substitute for Fish Sauce
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce + Juice of 1/2 -1 lime
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce + 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: weeknight meal, turkey, quinoa, balanced meal

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