The Great Turkey Challenge, Day One: Tangy Turkey Salad

Today is the first day of The Great Turkey Challenge.

For lunch, I decided to make some turkey salad and stuff it in a whole wheat pita. Precooked turkey, especially the breast meat (which is what I have) tends to dry out easily, so the salad needs to have plenty of juicy ingredients. I also like some tang and sweetness to my meaty salads, and I like them chunky and well textured, so that will be addressed by adding some crunchy elements.

The method is simple: find things that combine well, chop more or less uniformly, and let them sit mixed in a bowl for an hour or so to develop some flavor relationships.

Quickly tossing all ingredients together in a bowl

I didn’t have any relish in my fridge, but I found a batch of home made pickled lettuces that my mom made for New Year. It was still very good, and served well as tangy element.

My mom's beautiful pickled lettuce. Mmm...

Here is the What and How for this batch:

Tangy Turkey Salad

  • 2 cups precooked turkey (I used homemade smoked breast meat), diced
  • 3/4 cup celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tart apple (I used Granny Smith), cored and diced
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup relish (I used home made pickled lettuce, chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt, pepper to taste

Toss everything together and stir carefully to prevent mashing.

Set aside for 1 hr (not in the fridge), to develop flavor. Stuff into a pita, or serve between toasted sourdough slices.

Tangy turkey salad is ready to serve

Salad stuffed into a whole wheat pita bread

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Author:Eat Already!

I am a cooking and writing addict born and raised in a cosmopolitan city on the Black Sea coast. Currently my interests include, but not limited to gardening, traditional nutrition, raw milk, fermentation techniques, books by Sitchin, Weston A. Price ideas, artisan bread making, anything handcraft, and many other, quite random, things. I believe in making things from scratch, in unpretentious dishes, visually un-altered food esthetics. I believe in reporting on daily cooking endeavors, not just on special occasion dishes. I believe everyone should learn how to cook at home because it's a great way to connect with your loved ones without saying too much, with your heritage without becoming an archivist, and with the world without learning languages...

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