The Truth About Turkey – Warm Turkey And Root Vegetable Salad Recipe

Since becoming a parent and seeking out healthy food choices for my family, I have always gone to turkey for sandwiches and even for lasagna. I’ve always loved a good traditional turkey dinner, and so do my kids. I’ll admit it though, in the past, I didn’t often cook a whole turkey. Why? Two reasons: I really didn’t know how to cook it and I didn’t know what to do with the leftovers, other than sandwiches. Those days are over. Spoiler alert: I make a pretty mean warm turkey and root vegetable salad now. 

Warm Turkey and Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

The Truth About Turkey and Warm Turkey and Root Vegetable Salad

Thanks to CanadianTurkey.ca I was able read up on “Whole Bird How Tos“. There I found cooking times and temperatures, a turkey calculator and even a ‘how-to’ video. This site has completely fool-proofed my turkey cooking.

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Do you know what else I learned? It wasn’t nearly as hard as I imagined. Slaving over a hot stove all day has never been something I like to do. I am an extrovert and a people person, so I would much rather be visiting with my dinner guests while dinner magically prepared itself. By preparing the turkey, and maybe stuffing or a casserole, ahead of time, it is straight forward and delicious.

Now for problem number 2. Leftovers. My family LOVES leftovers. The kids take ‘warm-ups’ to school, at least once a week and my husband will take his to work. However, serving leftovers as another main course is my dream. As you may have gathered from the paragraph above, I am not much of a cook. Not because I don’t like to cook, but because I would rather be doing other things. 

Creating main course meals from your turkey leftovers can be as simple as switching out another protein for the turkey leftover from your dinner. Turkey lasagna, turkey Alfredo, turkey salad wraps. The list goes on. One delicious leftover turkey recipe is below, you should give it a try! For more turkey recipes you can also visit this site. Also be sure to read to the bottom of the post for a Amazon.ca gift card giveaway. 

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Warm Turkey and Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

Serves: 4-6

Prep time: 25 mins.  Cook time: 20 mins.

For roasted vegetables:

2 beets
12 brussel sprouts
3 carrots
3 parsnips
1 turnip
1 small sweet potato
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

For salad:

1 cup baby arugula
1 cup salad greens
2 cups leftover turkey, chopped
½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

For dressing:

½ cup olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsps chopped parsley
1 small package goat cheese

Warm Turkey And Root Vegetable Salad Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. Wash, peel and roughly chop vegetables.
  3. Place vegetables on a baking tray. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Set oven rack to the middle position. Broil vegetables until browned and cooked through, 15 – 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  6. Mix together all dressing ingredients except cheese and whisk together. Break cheese into small chunks and add to dressing.
  7. Combine greens, top with roasted vegetables and walnuts.
  8. Dress salad and serve.

TIP: Double the turkey in this recipe to create a main dish, great for lunch or a light dinner.

Warm Turkey And Root Vegetable Salad Recipe
Serves 4
Warm Turkey and Root Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
For roasted vegetables
  1. 2 beets
  2. 12 brussel sprouts
  3. 3 carrots
  4. 3 parsnips
  5. 1 turnip
  6. 1 small sweet potato
  7. 2 tbsp olive oil
  8. salt and pepper to taste
For salad
  1. 1 cup baby arugula
  2. 1 cup salad greens
  3. 2 cups leftover turkey, chopped
  4. ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
For dressing
  1. ½ cup olive oil
  2. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. 2 tbsps chopped parsley
  5. 1 small package goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. Wash, peel and roughly chop vegetables.
  3. Place vegetables on a baking tray. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Set oven rack to the middle position. Broil vegetables until browned and cooked through, 15 – 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  6. Mix together all dressing ingredients except cheese and whisk together. Break cheese into small chunks and add to dressing.
  7. Combine greens, top with roasted vegetables and walnuts.
  8. Dress salad and serve.
Notes
  1. TIP: Double the turkey in this recipe to create a main dish, great for lunch or a light dinner.
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