Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey can be enjoyed throughout the year. You don't even need to cook a large turkey. There are many small cuts of turkey that are easier and more manageable to prepare.
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Turkey is of course associated with holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Turkey though is a rich source of protein that is low in fat and cholesterol that can be enjoyed in numerous ways throughout the year. Various cuts of turkey can be purchased in most food stores. Examples are turkey breast, wings, thighs, tenderloin, and ground. Turkey bacon has also become a popular breakfast choice. Grilling season is upon us and you can enjoy turkey burgers, hot dogs, and sausages all Summer long.
A 3-ounce serving of turkey breast cutlet used in this recipe contains 120 calories, 1 gram of Fat, zero Saturated Fat, 55 mg of Cholesterol, 45 mg of Sodium, 26 grams of protein, and 8 grams of iron.
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My husband's favorite sandwich is a turkey club. I like turkey clubs as well, but don't choose them often because the sandwich is usually just too big for me to eat. I end up picking apart the sandwich and discarding much of the bread. This recipe today contains all the flavors of the traditional California club in a salad form.
I don't follow any particular way of eating. I wouldn't say that I follow a low carb diet, but I do try to eat more protein and plants. This is a similar way of eating to that of my weight loss surgery patients and diabetic patients.
I prefer quick meals. Who doesn't? After a long day of work not many people what to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. When you have to also help kids with homework and drive them to and from activities in the evening dinner needs to be quick. I chose turkey cutlets for this recipe for this reason. Cutlets are a thinner cut, so cook much faster than regular turkey breasts. You can also use leftover turkey breast or deli turkey. If you prep your vegetables and dressing while the turkey cutlets and turkey bacon cook who can easily have this salad ready in 30 minutes.
Turkey California Club Salad
- 4 slices turkey bacon
- 2 turkey breast cutlets
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 cups Romaine lettuce chopped
- 8 cherry tomatoes halved
- ⅓ cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 avocado
- 2 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- Place turkey breast filets into a plastic storage bag.
- Add in marinade ingredients and let sit for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place turkey bacon sliced on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until desired crispness in reached.
- Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat in a skillet.
- When turkey breast cutlets are finished marinating place into skillet.
- Cook turkey cutlets 11-13 minutes turning every few minutes until turkey is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Slice turkey cutlets.
- Assemble salad either in one large bowl or divided into two medium bowls. (makes two servings)
- Place all dressing ingredients into a food processor.
- Process dressing until smooth.
- Top salad with dressing.
- Serve immediately.
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What's your favorite way to enjoy turkey?
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