Southwest Turkey Salad

Southwest Turkey Salad

  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 25 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 15 mins (plus 10 minutes for cooling)
  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 25 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 15 mins (plus 10 minutes for cooling)

Southwest Turkey Salad

  • Prep : 25 mins
  • Cooking : 15 mins
  • Serves : 4

Ingredients

Serves 4
  • 1 pound antibiotic-free turkey tenderloins
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder or hot Mexican chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces romaine, torn into bite-size pieces (6 cups)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked dried, or rinsed and drained canned, black beans
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat pepper jack cheese or sharp cheddar, cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 pound antibiotic-free turkey tenderloins
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder or hot Mexican chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces romaine, torn into bite-size pieces (6 cups)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked dried, or rinsed and drained canned, black beans
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat pepper jack cheese or sharp cheddar, cubed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced

Directions

Step 1.

Season the turkey with the chile powder, cumin, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt.

Step 2.

Warm 1 tablespoon of the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until no longer pink in the center (160ºF internal temperature), 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the meat to a cutting board to cool for 10 minutes.

Step 3.

Meanwhile, pour the lime juice into a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the remaining 5 tablespoons of oil until the mixture is blended and thickened. Whisk in the cilantro, garlic, and remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt.

Step 4.

Add the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, chile, and beans to the bowl and toss until coated with the lime dressing. Remove the salad to a platter or plates. Slice the turkey, and arrange the turkey, cheese, and avocado on top of the salad.

Tip: Have extra Thanksgiving turkey? Weigh out 1 pound of white meat, scatter on the spices as directed in the Southwest Turkey Salad recipe, and then sear the meat in a skillet in place of the fresh turkey. Proceed with the rest of the directions. For a bit more flavor, crumble one slice of crisp bacon over each salad.

Nutrition (Per Serving)

  • 553 calCalories
  • 42 gProtein
  • 19 gCarbohydrates
  • 35 gFat
  • 91 mgCholesterol
  • 589 mgSodium
  • 8 gDietary Fiber