If your family is anything like mine you’re going to have some pretty spectacular food adorning your Thanksgiving table. Possibly too much spectacular food. After dinner folks will be pushing their chairs back and rubbing their bellies. One or two will utter that they ate too much. Some will collapse on the couch but will be more than happy to hobble back to the table for coffee and pumpkin pie after the dishes are cleared and the goodies are set out for the finale.
Hard to believe the next day you’re likely to do it all over again…there’s really nothing better than Thanksgiving leftovers. My husband will be making a turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce sandwich. And, he’ll start thinking about and planning it way before lunch time.
Me, I’ll be eating that salad you see in the photo. In fact, I eat that salad all year long because I love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Did I say Love it??
It’s light, refreshing, crunchy and a little bit sweet. Organic salad greens mingled with leftover turkey, apple chunks, maple-glazed walnuts then studded with dried cranberries, pepitas and a sprinkling of feta cheese. I typically dress it with salt, pepper, good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. But, if there’s cranberry sauce left over I just might make a cranberry vinaigrette to drizzle over top.
Day After Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Fresh organic greens (baby romaine or mesclun are favorites)
An apple, cut into 1/4 inch thick one-inch slices
Pecans or walnuts (How about these Maple Glazed Walnuts from Elie Krieger?)
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Turkey, cut into bite sized pieces
Feta cheese, crumbled
Rinse and dry the organic greens. Sprinkle with apple pieces, maple glazed nuts, dried cranberries, pepitas, and turkey. Toss with cranberry vinaigrette (recipe below) and top with crumbled feta. Muah!
4 tablespoons cranberry sauce
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (white balsamic if you have it)
6 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
a squeeze or two of lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Or, if you prefer whip it all up in a blender.
If you’re making this salad for only one or two people you may want to cut the vinaigrette recipe in half.
Here are some wonderful recipes for Thanksgiving and all season long…