Monday, July 14, 2014

Grilled Turkey and Strawberry Salad

The lean meat makes a perfect alternative to chicken in this fantastic strawberry-studded summer salad. Homemade lemon-pepper rub and sherry vinaigrette will make this recipe a seasonal favorite.  Just wait until you taste this awesome Better Home & Gardens recipe.  I knew I had found a winner with this salad.  
Grilled Turkey and Strawberry Salad

1 1 3/4 pound boneless turkey breast half
1 recipe Lemon-Pepper Rub
4 slices pancetta
1 5 ounce package fresh baby spinach
6 ounces dried cavatappi or gemelli pasta
1 large yellow sweet pepper, seeded and cut into bite-size strips
1 recipe Strawberry-Sherry Vinaigrette
2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

Remove skin from turkey, if present. Spread Lemon-Pepper Rub evenly over turkey. Top with pancetta. Tie at 2-inch intervals with 100-percent-cotton kitchen string.
For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place turkey on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 45 to 55 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink (170 degrees F). (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Cover and grill as above.)
Spread spinach on a large serving platter. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain again. In a large bowl combine pasta and sweet pepper. Add Strawberry-Sherry Vinaigrette; toss to coat. Spoon pasta mixture on top of spinach.
Slice turkey. Arrange turkey slices and strawberries on top of salad. Sprinkle with pine nuts.

Lemon-Pepper Rub
4 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced

In a small bowl stir together lemon peel, oil, salt, pepper, sugar, thyme, and garlic.
Strawberry-Sherry Vinaigrette
1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a blender or food processor combine strawberries, oil, vinegar, honey, basil, salt, and pepper. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

(recipe from Better Homes & Gardens)


  1. I love these one meal salads! They are just what i want to eat the hot summer days!

  2. This makes an awesome summer salad! I found your recipe over at Tuesday’s Table. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link Have a wonderful day!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing at the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party. I just pinned this. Yum!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  4. That looks fabulous. Hope you have a great day!

  5. That looks delicious!! I will have to make the vinaigrette soon :-) Thanks for sharing on Whatever Wednesday!

  6. This salad has it all - pasta, fruit, meat, and greens. It's practically a 4-in-1 salad! It looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  7. oh yeah! I never thought to grill a turkey!! we fry them all the time but now I am intrigued, I have to grill one!!

  8. This looks amazing. I love grilled turkey and I bet with strawberries it is awesome. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. Your grilled turkey and strawberry salad looks and sounds amazing. What a great dinner for this time of year. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  10. Yum. From the spinach to the turkey to the strawberries, I can't decide which is my favorite part! Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  11. This looks so good! Love it. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. It is a pleasure to have you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls