Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Salads: Mixed Greens and Turkey

OOPS! I forgot to take a picture before we devoured this one... haha.

This salad is kind of a mix of different things we like and using some of the leftovers we have from last week. Last Sunday, we blessed our sweet baby boy at church and then we had a big lunch party at our house for our family and friends that came to witness the special occasion.  For the lunch party, I roasted an 18 lb turkey and we baked an 8 lb ham.  We still have some of these leftovers, and we're working on using them up as quickly as we can.  Tonight's salad served that purpose as well as helping us keep to our salad eating. It turned out pretty well and maybe you'll like it too!

Mixed Greens Salad with Turkey

1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped into 1/2 to 1/4 inch slices
about 2 c loosely packed baby spinach leaves, washed.
2-3 tbsp chopped roasted red bell peppers (I buy them in the jar, and then just do a rough dice)
3 tbsp julienned sun dried tomatoes (again, already jarred, packed in olive oil and usually garlic)
1/2 c feta cheese crumbles
1 c shredded roasted turkey (recipe found here if you need a fantastic one)
croutons to your taste
balsamic vinaigrette (we bought the Newman's Own brand this time, but you can make your own with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese.  Some people like to add garlic powder or other herbs)

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Serve with french bread on the side if you wish.  Eat immediately, as once dressed the greens will begin to wilt and the croutons will begin to go soggy.

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