Wild Turkey Salad Recipe

Wild turkey salad

Reminiscent of buffalo wings, pan-fried strips of wild turkey breast are coated with hot Sriracha-lime hot sauce and served atop a mixture of crisp, cool greens, blue cheese crumbles, thinly sliced red onion and julienned apples.

Wild Turkey Salad Ingredients

Wild Turkey Preparation

  • 2 cups wild turkey breast, sliced into thin strips
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • vegetable or peanut oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Salad Preparation

  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 large Fuji apple
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled

Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1⁄3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt

Directions to Prepare Wild Turkey Salad

1. Prepare Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, basil leaves, garlic and sugar. While whisking, add olive oil in a thin stream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you would like a sweeter vinaigrette, add a little more sugar.

2. Use three separate bowls for flour, buttermilk and breadcrumbs. Season wild turkey strips with salt and pepper. Heat 1/2-inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. First dredge wild turkey in flour, then buttermilk, then breadcrumbs. Shake off excess. Place breaded wild turkey strips, a few at a time, into the hot oil. Pan-fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

3. Slice apple into 1/-4-inch slices, then julienne into matchsticks. Toss julienned apple with lemon juice. In a large bowl, combine apples with remaining salad ingredients and toss well with a light coating of dressing. In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, Sriracha and lime juice. Add wild turkey strips and toss to coat evenly. Arrange wild turkey strips on salad and drizzle additional dressing over. 

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