Roasted turkey cobb salad
Salad-for-dinner is a staple at my house. Salad-for-dinner is a hearty salad with lots of vegetables, possibly some fruit and a bit of protein. If you are following My Plate, the current US nutritional guideline, Salad-for-dinner is a great way to fill your plate with 50% vegetables or more. This recipe is a slight twist on a traditional cobb salad in that I use turkey instead of chicken, pancetta instead of bacon and mixed baby lettuce instead of iceberg. Rather than toss everything in a bowl, I like to arrange all the ingredients on a large serving platter so everyone can serve themselves and tailor their salad to their liking.
Roast turkey thighs
I like to roast turkey thighs. They are quick to prepare, the brown meat is moist and tender and they are very economical. When I roast turkey thighs for this salad I roast a couple extra for sandwiches for later in the week.
You can use cherry or teardrop tomatoes, but oven-roasted tomatoes are even better. Buy 1/2" slabs of pancetta, so you get meaty bacon chunks. I prefer waxy potatoes like yukon gold, white or red potatoes, but russets work too. You can add hardboiled egg halves and a little crumbled blue cheese if you want to stay close to a traditional cobb salad.
Roasted turkey cobb salad
Yield 4 -6 servings
This salad-for-dinner is a twist on a traditional cobb salad in that I use roast turkey instead of chicken and pancetta instead of bacon and mixed baby lettuce instead of iceberg.
- 3 turkey thighs
- 1.5 pounds potatoes, chopped into 1/2" cubes
- 6 T olive oil, divided in 4 T and 2 T
- 3 T fresh rosemary, chopped
- 3/4 t dijon whole grain mustard
- 1/2 shallot, minced
- 1 T Spanish sherry vinegar ( Jerez vinegar)
- Salt & pepper
- 1/2 pound of pancetta, chopped into 1/4-1/2" cubes
- 5 ounces mixed baby lettuce
- 1 box of cherry or tear drop tomatoes, or 10 oven-roasted tomatoes
- 1 avocado, peeled and chopped into 1/2" cubes
- 4 hardboiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half (optional)
- 3 ounces of crumbled blue cheese (optional)
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Rub a bit of olive oil on the turkey thighs and season with salt, pepper and 1 T of chopped rosemary. Place on a roasting pan.
- Toss the cubed potatoes with 2 T olive oil and season with salt, pepper and remaining 2T of rosemary. Put the turkey and potatoes in the oven. Roast turkey and potatoes for an hour, turning the potatoes after 30 minutes. Let the turkey cool and then chop into 1/2" cubes.
- Crisp the pancetta up in a frying pan and drain on a paper towel.
- Put mustard, minced shallot and Spanish sherry vinegar in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in 4 T olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the lettuce with 3/4 of the dressing.
- Mound the dressed lettuce in the center of a large serving platter. Arrange turkey cubes, pancetta, tomatoes, avocado and roasted potatoes around the lettuce. Drizzle remaining dressing over avocado and tomatoes.
- Add optional hardboiled eggs and blue cheese if desired.