Asian-inspired turkey salad & pancakes

Turkey Salad and Pancakes

Serves 4

  • 2 large handfuls of brown turkey meat

  • 1 large handful of cashew nuts

  • 1 handful of dried cranberries

  • 2 teaspoons ground five-spice

  • 1 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked

  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked

  • 4 large handfuls of mixed salad leaves, such as chicory, rocket, spinach, watercress

  • 1 tablespoon runny honey

  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

  • For the dressing

  • juice of 1 clementine

  • juice of 1 lime

  • 1 pomegranate, halved

  • ½ red onion, peeled and coarsely grated

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely grated

Shred the brown turkey meat into thin strips using your fingers and put it into a dry pan on a medium heat. Add the cashew nuts, dried cranberries and five-spice. Give it all a good stir, then let it toast away while you get on with your salad. Give the pan a shake every now and then to make sure nothing catches.



Add the mint and most of your coriander leaves to a bowl with your mixed salad leaves. Make your dressing in a separate bowl by mixing the juice from your clementine and lime. Squeeze the juice from one of your pomegranate halves through your hands to catch any seeds, then discard them. Stir in your grated onion. I tend to use 3 parts oil to 1 part acid when I'm making dressings, so look at what you've got in the bowl so far, then pour in 3 times as much extra virgin olive oil. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Squeeze in all the juice from your grated ginger, then throw away the pulp.



Give this lovely dressing a really good stir, and have a taste. If you want more salt, add a splash more soy. If you want more acid, add another squeeze of lime juice. Drizzle over enough dressing to coat the salad leaves, then use your hands to toss and dress them.



Add the honey to the pan with the turkey meat and stir through until coated. Turn the heat up to full whack for the last few seconds to really crisp up the meat mixture. At this point, make sure your guests are all at the table and ready to eat so you can serve the salad as soon as the hot meat hits the salad leaves. Toss half of your pan-fried ingredients through the salad leaves and transfer to a serving platter.



Spoon the remaining nuts, cranberries and crispy meat over the top of the salad and add another drizzle of dressing. Hold the remaining pomegranate half over the salad and knock it on the back with a spoon so the seeds pop onto the salad. Garnish with a nice sprinkling of fresh red chilli, any remaining coriander leaves and serve right away.

Nutritional Information

Asian-inspired turkey salad & pancakes

With nuts, cranberries and an amazing zingy dressing

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A brilliant way to use leftover turkey after Christmas – beats turkey sarnies any day of the week!
Serves 4
35m
Super easy
Method

This brilliant little salad is one for all of those people who say they only like white meat. I promise, if you like crispy duck - and most people I know do - then you'll love this because, actually, I think this crispy turkey meat is even better! The flavours are incredible and I guarantee this salad will smack everyone in the chops and wake them up after Christmas. The dressing will make quite a lot, but will keep for a few days and is also gorgeous over fish or other salads.

Shred the brown turkey meat into thin strips using your fingers and put it into a dry pan on a medium heat. Add the cashew nuts, dried cranberries and five-spice. Give it all a good stir, then let it toast away while you get on with your salad. Give the pan a shake every now and then to make sure nothing catches.

Add the mint and most of your coriander leaves to a bowl with your mixed salad leaves. Make your dressing in a separate bowl by mixing the juice from your clementine and lime. Squeeze the juice from one of your pomegranate halves through your hands to catch any seeds, then discard them. Stir in your grated onion. I tend to use 3 parts oil to 1 part acid when I'm making dressings, so look at what you've got in the bowl so far, then pour in 3 times as much extra virgin olive oil. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Squeeze in all the juice from your grated ginger, then throw away the pulp.

Give this lovely dressing a really good stir, and have a taste. If you want more salt, add a splash more soy. If you want more acid, add another squeeze of lime juice. Drizzle over enough dressing to coat the salad leaves, then use your hands to toss and dress them.

Add the honey to the pan with the turkey meat and stir through until coated. Turn the heat up to full whack for the last few seconds to really crisp up the meat mixture. At this point, make sure your guests are all at the table and ready to eat so you can serve the salad as soon as the hot meat hits the salad leaves. Toss half of your pan-fried ingredients through the salad leaves and transfer to a serving platter.

Spoon the remaining nuts, cranberries and crispy meat over the top of the salad and add another drizzle of dressing. Hold the remaining pomegranate half over the salad and knock it on the back with a spoon so the seeds pop onto the salad. Garnish with a nice sprinkling of fresh red chilli, any remaining coriander leaves and serve right away.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 354 18%
  • Carbs 14.0g 5%
  • Sugar 11.7g 13%
  • Fat 28.0g 40%
  • Saturates 4.4g 22%
  • Protein 10.2g 23%
Of an adult's reference intake

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