southwestern turkey salad

Southwestern Turkey Salad

Try this southwestern pasta salad at your graduation party or casual potluck.  The secret ingredient is cilantro, which adds color and a burst of fresh flavor.  (Use leftover Thanksgiving turkey for this dish!)

southwestern turkey salad

 

Southwestern Turkey Salad
Try this southwestern pasta salad at your graduation party or casual potluck. The secret ingredient is cilantro, which adds color and a burst of fresh flavor. (Use leftover Thanksgiving turkey for this dish!)
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
  2. 1 cup cubed cooked turkey
  3. 1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  4. 2 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  5. 2 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes, divided
  6. 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  7. 1 teaspoon cilantro leaves
  8. 3 tablespoons light olive oil
  9. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  10. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  11. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  12. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Instructions
  1. 1. Wash hands.
  2. 2. In large bowl combine pasta, turkey, olives, cheese, 1 cup tomatoes and green onion.
  3. 3. In blender or food processor combine cilantro, remaining tomatoes, oil, vinegar, garlic, cumin and chili powder. Process until smooth.
  4. 4. Combine dressing and salad mixture. Toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.
Notes
  1. Makes 6 servings.
  2. 1 serving: Calories 316, Protein 15.1 g, Fat 13.7 g (saturated 3.7 g), Cholesterol 27.7 mg, Sodium 254.2 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g, Fiber 3 g
Iowa Turkey Federation http://iowaturkey.org/