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Green Turkey Salad

Green Turkey Salad

Published on: May 20, 2019

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This salad is light, refreshing, and easy to prepare. You can make it with leftover turkey and chicken and enjoy any time you need a light meal but that’s also filling and satisfying thanks to the abundance of quality protein. But most importantly, this green turkey salad is bursting with flavor from a combo of blue cheese, shallots, orange juice, cranberries, and olive oil. Feel free to use any mixed greens when making this salad if you don’t have watercress and arugula.

Green Turkey Salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6



  • 5oz. of watercress and arugula
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded turkey
  • 2oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • 2oz. mandarin oranges
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste



  • 1Combine greens, turkey, blue cheese, almonds, cranberries, shallots, celery, and oranges in a bowl and toss.
  • 2Whisk orange juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar in a separate bowl.
  • 3Pour the dressing over the salad and season to taste with salt and pepper.


Preparing This Salad in Advance

This green turkey salad is best when eaten fresh. However, if you want to make it ahead to bring to lunch or an outing, then clean the greens, drain well, and store in the fridge wrapped in a cloth towel. Prepare all the other ingredients, including the dressing, and store in separate containers. Toss the salad when ready to serve. Alternatively, you can arrange the salad ingredients in this order: liquid on bottom of the bowl followed by hard veggies, nuts, cheese, and the greens last. Again, toss when ready to eat.


Health & Nutrition Benefits

This meal is packed with lean protein and dietary fiber from the veggies and nuts, which makes it particularly filling. It’s a great meal to eat when you’re trying to lower your calorie intake since one serving provides only 154 calories. You’ll also get plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the nuts, veggies, and other healthful ingredients in this dish.