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Turkey Salad with Apples, Grapes, Walnuts & Blue Cheese

December 3, 2018

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This is an old recipe that I use after serving a large turkey, with enough left-over meat to make a salad of substance. You can serve it as lunch, brunch, supper or even dinner. This year, we did have this delicious salad as dinner with chilled white Pouilly-Fuisse, warm French bread and French butter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Brunch the weekend after T-Day. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Lunch on another day. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


2 Cooked leftover turkey breasts or chicken breast, cut into bite-size cubes

Ground 4 fresh Garlic clove using a mortar & pestle

1 teaspoon curry powder

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper

Pinch chili flakes

2 scallions, chopped up to half the white part

2 Fuji apples sliced very thin, then cut in half, (leave red skin on)

1 endive, leaves separated, cut lengthwise

1 cup Red seedless grapes cut in half

1 cup green seedless grapes, cut in half

1.5 cups chopped (candied) walnuts

2 cups Blue cheese dressing (see below)

Delicious fresh ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Use both colors of grapes, they do taste different, but I like color, if possible in a recipe. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1.     Do all your cutting, chopping, slicing

Chopping some of the very tasty meat just taken off the bone. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Slicing the one endive. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Slicing apples. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Chopping scallions. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Chopping the candied walnuts. You might not think using candied or glazed or honey-dipped walnuts, makes a difference, but I can assure you it does. All the assorted flavors in this salad, enhance each other. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

2.     Get out the salad serving bowl you plan to use and put the bite-size leftover turkey into the bowl and add the garlic, spices and seasoning. Mix these ingredients so they're well combined.

3.     Add the scallions, endive pieces and the fruit and toss lightly.

4.     Add half of the candied or glazed walnuts. If you can't find these particular nuts, substitute candied or glazed pecan, or cashews. Toss lightly simple to distribute the nuts.

All ingredients are in the salad bowl, now, except for the dressing. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

5.     Make the blue cheese dressing.

6.     Just before you plan to serve the salad, pour the dressing over it and toss lightly until the dressing covers everything.

Dressing just added, before serving the salad. The other half of the chopped candied walnuts will be sprinkled over the top after tossing the salad. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

7.     Finally, sprinkle the remaining candied walnuts over the top of the salad.

8.     Enjoy with your favorite chilled white wine, warm French bread and unsalted Irish (or French) butter.

Blue Cheese Dressing

Combine all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.

1/4 cup Kraft mayonnaise

1/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/3 cup blue cheese

1 teaspoon ground curry

1 pinch black pepper

1 pinch chili flakes

4 garlic cloves, ground in mortar & pestle

Grind to a paste, the fresh garlic cloves, in a mortar & pestle. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Add all dressing ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until all are well combined and dressing is smooth. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Used as a small appetizer before dinner. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays; and the week following Thanksgiving is pretty good too.©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

We saw the B'way play, American Son; an extremely relevant story with a punch in the gut ending.

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Have a Great Week Everyone!

Bon Appetit!

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