Spicy Asian Peanut Turkey Salad
Knowing what to do with all that Thanksgiving leftover turkey can be exhausting, especially if you were one of the lucky ones who did all or some of the cooking. Let’s face it – spending more time in the kitchen cooking food and cleaning is probably not high on your list of things to-do, but some thing must be done with that leftover turkey!
In instances like these, I like to do spins on popular quick recipes. The most famous of all for Thanksgiving turkey is turkey salad. Lol At the risk of adding another turkey salad recipe to your weekly menu, this salad is a bit more adventurous and flavorful. It’s an Asian-inspired spicy peanut turkey salad.
It’s packed with raw veggies and heart healthy fats like natural peanut butter, so it is hearty enough to eat separately over a bed of lettuce, or stuff in a whole wheat pita for a nutrient-dense packed lunch!
- 10 1/2 oz (~310g) chopped turkey breast meat, no skin
- SUBSTITUTES: chicken breast, white albacore tuna
- 10z (~290g) broccoli slaw (mix of carrots, cabbage, Bok Choy)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 5 tablespoons natural peanut butter with oil
- 4oz 2% Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar OR apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- juice from 1/2 lime (or more/less to taste)
- 2 tablespoons sriracha (or more/less to taste)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or more/less to taste)
- 1/3 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
- red pepper flakes
- fresh cilantro (recommended)
- fresh chopped green onion
Mix together the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. I recommend adding the lite soy sauce last so you can season it “just right” for your tastebuds. Remember, if you’re using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, you may get some of the flavor from that too so be careful about over seasoning. Adjust the level of lime, sriracha and soy sauce to your liking. Set aside.
In a large bowl, toss the turkey, broccoli slaw and bell pepper together. Add the creamy sauce and mix it up using a spatula. Toss in chopped peanuts, and fold in freshly chopped cilantro and green onions if desired.
Stuff in a whole wheat pita OR enjoy over a bed of chopped lettuce for a low-carbohydrate meal.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hey, I'm Kevin
My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.
By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!