Turkey Spinach Salad with Jalapeno Lime Dressing
Turkey Spinach Salad with Jalapeño Lime Dressing

Prep: 20 minutes plus marinating • Grill: 6 minutes • Serves: 4

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 package (about 1-1/4 pounds) turkey breast fillets
1 small jalapeño chile pepper
1 small garlic clove
2 teaspoons honey
1 bag (9 ounces) fresh baby spinach
1 pint grape tomatoes, each cut lengthwise in half
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium heat. In small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon each oil and lime juice, chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Place turkey cutlets in large zip-top plastic bag; pour lime juice mixture in bag. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Massage turkey in bag to coat. Marinate turkey at room temperature 10 minutes.

2. Place jalapeño and turkey on hot grill rack. Cook jalapeño 5 to 7 minutes or until tender and charred in spots, turning occasionally; transfer to plate. Cook turkey 6 to 8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°, turning once halfway through cooking. Transfer turkey to cutting board; let stand 5 minutes.

3. Remove as much charred skin from jalapeño as possible. Cut off and discard stem end of jalapeño; cut lengthwise in half. With paring knife, scrape out and discard seeds. Transfer jalapeño to bowl of food processor with knife blade attached. Add garlic, honey, and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Pulse until jalapeño and garlic are very finely chopped, occasionally scraping side of bowl with rubber spatula. With processor running, slowly pour remaining 3 tablespoons oil through feed tube and blend until dressing is thick and emulsified. Makes about 1/4 cup.

4. Thinly slice turkey. In large bowl, toss spinach, tomatoes, onion and dressing; toss until well combined. Evenly divide spinach mixture among 4 dinner plates; evenly top with sliced turkey and cheese.


Approximate nutritional values per serving: 364 Calories, 18g Fat (5g Saturated), 92mg Cholesterol, 406mg Sodium, 10g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 41g Protein

Turkey Spinach Salad with Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Dressing
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