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Turkey Ranch Salad Recipe

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When my husband brought home a lunch guest unexpectedly one day, I created this salad on the spot using leftover holiday turkey. It's such a family favorite I make it year-round.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and halved
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 7 cups torn mixed greens, divided
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with unsweetened pineapple) equals 120 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit.

Directions

  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 3 tablespoons juice. In a large bowl, combine pineapple, turkey, water chestnuts, mushrooms, celery and onions. In a small bowl, combine reserved juice, dressing, garlic powder and onion powder. Add to turkey mixture; toss to coat. Divide greens among nine plates; top each with 1 cup turkey mixture. Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Tropical Turkey Salad in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p70

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with unsweetened pineapple) equals 120 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit.

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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