Turkey Salad can be not only an excellent source of “health” but also of a refine taste. This scrumptious recipe will take you just a few minutes to prepare and is perfect to use when you have some holiday turkey leftovers.
I don’t know how it is going on in your kitchen, but every time I make a turkey or a chicken in the oven, I have leftovers that no one dares to eat the next day. Although these leftovers are absolutely delicious, it risks being thrown away.
So what can we do with chicken or turkey leftover? Sometimes, I make some pasta or everyone’s favorites – burger or sandwich. Also, my kids simply adore Tacos and Quesadillas, and these recipes are just perfect for reusing chicken/turkey meat. But my favorite recipes that seemed by far the best and where I prefer to add meat leftovers are salads. Salads definitely, refresh the next-day dish and give it a second chance. You can also prepare so many other tasty recipes using turkey/chicken leftovers. Just check our blog for more ideas.
Turkey meat laid on a bed of many greens is a perfect meal if you are following a diet and detoxification. Tasty and straightforward, it is ideal for a light dinner.
What goes into Turkey Salad?
So before we start making this easy and healthy salad, I will share the list of ingredients. This ingredients list does not have a stamp, and you can play with products and tastes as you desire. For me, I find the balance and just adore this incredible simple turkey salad full of interesting flavors and versatile textures.
For turkey salad, you will need the following ingredients:
- Shredded or diced turkey meat ( boiled, baked, or grilled) – 1 cup
- Ripe avocado – 1 pice
- Babby spinach or any greens mix – 2 cup
- Canned mushroom mix – ½ cup
- Mozzarella or goat cheese – ⅓ cup
- Pomegranate – ¼ cup
- Almond flakes – 2 tablespoon
- Olive oil
- Some drops of glazed balsamic vinegar
How do you cook turkey meat for a salad?
Regardless of how you choose to cook the turkey, the main rule is simple – it must melt in your mouth! Turkey is not hard to cook, but unlike any other kind of meat, it has some specific techniques of preparation. If you are cooking turkey breast, you should pay attention not to overdry it. Turkey thighs and legs meat is more tender and is not so pretentious at temperature. This meat does not require many species for an aromatic result. Some olive oil, salt, pepper, mustard, and garlic could be more than enough. Those who prefer more flavor can add smoked paprika, oregano, rosemary, or ground coriander.
To fasten the process of marinating and soften even more the meat, you should add some acidity. Acidic products that pair with turkey are kiwi, tomato, lemon, or orange. Check here the recipe for the best Turkey marinade.
If you are a fan of grilled meat and prefer lean meat such as turkey breast, then I have for you a perfectly healthy and delicious recipe for Turkey Kabobs. The perfect combination of ingredients used for marinade will add extra flavor to the turkey breast and will soften it to perfection.
Crispy Baked Parmesan Turkey Cutlets leftovers will add extra flavors and crunchiness to this fresh salad.
And my favorite Roasted Turkey Legs – perfect in everything – succulent, velvety-tender, fragrant, and so easy to make. It has my favorite spices that, while roasting, enhance the meet to the bone. The secret is using a baking sleeve. As a result, you get an absolutely delicious and finger-linking recipe.
How do you make Turkey Salad from scratch?
Turkey salad is healthy and, at the same time hearty salad that can replace the light dinner.
This refreshing salad is full of healthy protein and low in carbohydrates. It can be easily customized and served even if you are on a ketogenic diet.
The perfect combinations of fresh and healthy ingredients make a portion of excellent comfort food.
If you have the meat cooked, then the only maneuvres you have to do is to assemble the salad. First will go to the plate the greens. For this time I have found, in the nearest market, some fresh and crunchy baby spinach. An avocado must add creaminess to the salad, so chose a ripe one. Cut it into slices and then arrange over the leaves. Sprinkle the mushrooms. Now dice or shred the turkey meat and cheese. Send them to the bowl too. Top with pomegranate and almond flakes. In the end, splash olive oil and some drops of glazed balsamic vinegar.
Now you can delight with fresh and healthy turkey salad.
How long does Turkey Salad last?
Usually, turkey salad leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to three to four days.
Healthy Turkey Salad
- 1 cup shredded turkey meat
- 1 avocado
- 2 cups baby spinach or salad mix
- 1/2 cup canned mushroom mix
- 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup pomegranate
- 2 tbsp almond flakes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp glazed balsamic vinegar
- Arrange baby spinach on the plate. Cut avocado into slices and then arrange over the leaves. Sprinkle the mushrooms. Now dice or shred the turkey meat and cheese. Send them to the bowl too. Top with pomegranate and almond flakes. In the end, splash olive oil and some drops of glazed balsamic vinegar.