Monday, November 12, 2012

Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad

Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
When you just can't stand the thought of another turkey sandwich or another plate of leftovers, this is a great light meal to make. Often, when using the leftover turkey in different meals, the turkey flavor overpowers everything else in the dish. The turkey in this salad is mixed with so many other great flavors, the flavors balance nicely. This was given thumbs up by my husband and all three kids. I'm looking forward to making this again in a couple of weeks!

Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad
Yield: Serves 6-8
(printable recipe)

6 cups crisp lettuce, sliced thin and chopped, about 2 small hearts of romaine
1 1/2 cups diced carrots, 1/2 - 1/4"pieces
1 1/2 cups diced cucumber, peeled, sliced thinly and chopped into 1/2 - 1/4" pieces
1 1/2 cups diced grape tomatoes, about 1 pint tomatoes halved and then quartered
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper, about 1 large pepper
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion tops, about 6--8 onions
3 cups cooked turkey, chopped into 1/2" pieces
1 cup cooked black beans, or canned beans, rinsed well and drained
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted if desired
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
optional: tortilla chips for serving
Barbecue Ranch Dressing - recipe below

Combine all the salad ingredients in a very large bowl. Toss well and then drizzle with salad dressing. Toss again to coat and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenBarbecue Ranch Salad Dressing

1/2 cup ranch dressing, I used this Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing
1/4 cup spicy barbecue sauce, I used this Tangy Memphis Barbecue Sauce with a couple extra shakes of cayenne

Stir to combine and then pour into a jar and refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!

Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. Such a colourful and flavourful salad! I love it.

  2. I'm starting to get turkey fever. I don't eat it all year long, and right about now I start craving it. I almost want to buy one of those small turkey breasts just to get a head start on leftovers like these.

  3. This is so beautiful. Love the dressing idea too. My husband would be all over that! The grapes, cucumbers, black beans - all of it sounds great together. The first picture just speaks to me - it is lovely.


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