This dish started off with a generous gift of freshly barbecued turkey from one of my favorite local chefs, Ricci Neer, and her darling little eatery Comanche Cafe. As fate would have it, I had been craving Chicken Salad all day, so the gift of her mesquite-smoked turkey seemed like a green light. Why not just make Turkey Salad instead?
The recipe, as many recipes, mostly grew out of what happened to be in my kitchen at the moment. Centered around Comanche Cafe’s mesquite turkey, of course. But it turned out so well, I plan to repeat it in the future. And I’m pretty sure you will like it, too. So I’m sharing it.
You will find a million recipes for Chicken Salad. You probably have several in your recipe collection right now. But you probably never have made it with barbecued turkey instead of roasted chicken. I hadn’t. But it was a great stumble through reality because the deep mesquite flavor of the turkey simply takes this simple salad over the top.
It’s a great evening meal during the heat of summer. Quick, easy to prepare. And delicious.
We paired this Mesquite Smoked Turkey Salad with Red Grape and Sliced Almonds with a Sauvignon Blanc from Gnarly Head that we had chilling from our wine stash. We’ve long been a fan of Gnarly Head’s Old Vine Zinfandel, but this was the first time we tried their Sauvignon Blanc. (You can read my review on the Gnarly Head Sauvignon Blanc here. And I urge you to read my review before you purchase a bottle.)
But for now, let’s get to the recipe.
- 1 cup Barbecued or smoked turkey (or chicken)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Avocado Oil Mayonnaise (add more at end to achieve wated texture)
- 1 tablespoon Mimi's Ranch Dressing
- 12-15 Seedless Red Grapes halved
- 1/2 cup Raw Almonds freshly rough cut
- Dice the turkey/chicken into small bite size chunks. Put it in a medium bowl.
- Add the mayo and the dressing to the bowl. Stir together with the chicken.
- Cut each grape in half and add the grape halves into the bowl.
- Slice the almonds roughly leaving them in fairly good size pieces rather than tiny slivers.
- Add the almonds to the bowl. And stir everything together.
- Serve chilled.
For Keto-eaters who are fat-adapted, the amount of grapes in this recipe will probably not kick them out of ketosis. But if in doubt or if blood sugar is a health issue, we suggest substituting blueberries for the grapes. When using blueberries in place of grapes, there is no need to cut them before adding them to the salad.
You can see from the photograph we served this with a Gnarly Head Sauvignon Blanc, but we urge you to read Mimi’s review of it here before you purchase it. With our apologies to the Gnarly Head Vineyards, we are quite certain that for the price you can find better wine.
This unique chicken salad pairs well with a good Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. And, like almost everything in the summer, it also pairs well with Rosé.
If you prefer Sauvignon Blanc, we suggest this lovely Chateau Montet Sauvignon Blanc from the Entre-Deaux-Mers area of Bordeaux. It is an unusually light-bodied White Bordeaux with delicate grapefruit and melon tones that is perfect in summer heat. You can find it at Total Wine here at a very reasonable pirce.
If your palette leans more to Pinot Grigio, we find this Armani Pinot Grigio Friuli from Italy an almost perfect Grigio at a bargain price for the quality of wine. It has definite toasted almond and peach with a touch of pear. Lovely. You can find it at Total Wine here.
And, if you have joined the Rosé Revolution, I highly recommend this delightful Orée des Roses Rosé from the Languedoc region in France. We will be posting our review on this wine soon because we LOVE it! This is definitely a to-buy-again in our home. You can find the Orée des Roses Rosé at Total Wine here at a surprisingly low price of only about $8/bottle. Don’t let the price fool you. It is a wonderful wine.
We love using local ingredients and supporting locale businesses. FRESH IS ALWAYS BEST!
For the barbecued turkey we used in this recipe, if you are in South Texas or the Corpus Christi area you can find it at COMANCHE CAFE.