Hello my Food Tastes Yummy readers! I guess I should start out by saying a late Happy New Year's! I have been meaning to write this blog post for some time but wouldn't you know it my whole family got sick with colds/flus etc... in the month of January. But then this month, just when I thought I may have a few moments to post to you all, life got in the way again!! So please know I haven't abandoned the website I was just merely trying to find the right time to post :) My love for food and cooking will never cease!

This salad recipe is actually one of my favourite simple salad recipes that I often like to do for a quick meal, when I am super busy! These thinly sliced turkey scallopini that I buy at the grocery store are this cook's best friend. Turkey for one, when cooked right, is a juicy meat but buy the scallopini variety and your dinner/lunch hour is quicker than ordering takeout. Pair this with sweet apple, carrots, spinach, arugula and a nice sprinkling of cheddar cheese and you have dinner in a jiffy! Serve this baby up with a lightly toasted everything bagel and enjoy!

Serves 2 generously (or serve 4 as a side salad)

Turkey scallopini Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pkg of turkey scallopini (located at the meat section in the grocery store)
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • small handful of fresh basil, sliced thin
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp of honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 pkg of arugula and spinach leaves (two leaves pkg together)
  • 1 honey crisp or macintosh apple, sliced thin
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced into thin matchsticks (or use the packaged pre-sliced carrots)
  • half a cucumber, sliced thin
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced into wedges
  • sweet onion, thinly sliced (use as much as you like)
  • broccoli florets
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Catalina or French bottled dressing (to pour when serving)

1. Preheat a large non-stick skillet, on medium high heat, and drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil. Take the turkey scallopini, and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Take the fresh basil and sprinkle on both sides of the turkey as well. Carefully, place it into the hot skillet to sear on both sides. This should only take a couple minutes per side.

2. While cooking, squeeze fresh lemon juice on the turkey. Also, drizzle the honey as well; then go ahead and pour the half a cup of water into the hot pan. Swirl it around and let the water cook out. This will ensure a moist turkey. When the water pretty much evaporates the turkey is ready. Slice the turkey into strips.

3. Salad Assembly: On either a large salad serving plate or two large dinner plates, place the salad leaves generously all over, and then place the rest of the salad ingredients on top. Make sure to distribute the ingredients evenly all over. You want every bite to taste good! Then sprinkle the cheddar cheese last. Place the cooked turkey strips neatly right on top of the salad, drizzle the dressing of your choice and serve. Lightly toast an everything bagel to finish off the meal, enjoy!

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