Cranberry-Tarragon Wild Turkey Salad Recipe

Cranberry-Tarragon Wild Turkey Salad Recipe
For a delectable and healthy sandwich, spread this Cranberry-Tarragon Wild Turkey Salad Recipe between two pieces of wheat bread. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley)

Over crackers, in a sandwich or scooped over a bed of fresh greens, this wild turkey salad recipe is simple yet flavorful

Tarragon – a classic French herb – has an anise or licorice-like aroma, and used sparingly, can transform any poultry dish. To round out this creamy wild turkey salad recipe, I add tart cranberries, lemon zest and juice, which give it a much-needed brightness.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 wild turkey breast
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 rib of celery, finely diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:


1. To make brine, combine water, kosher salt and brown sugar, and stir until dissolved. Submerge turkey breast into the brine; use a plate to weigh it down. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours – the longer the saltier.


Note: Skip the brine if you wish, but wild turkey breast dries out easily. The simple brine will add flavor and ensure that your turkey breast stays moist in the oven.


cranberry tarragon wild turkey salad recipe brine
The longer you let the turkey breast marinate in the brine, the saltier your meat will be. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove turkey breast from the brine and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub with olive oil and season with cracked black pepper; I also used a bit of Mrs. Dash. Place on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for about 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Once cooked through, allow breast to cool.

cranberry tarragon wild turkey salad recipe bake
Add some Mrs. Dash to spice up this recipe. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)


3. Dice or shred turkey breast. Place meat into a medium bowl and mix with mayo, tarragon, Dijon mustard, cranberries, lemon zest, lemon juice and cracked black pepper to taste. Keep salad refrigerated until ready to eat.

cranberry tarragon wild turkey salad recipe bowl
Cranberry-Tarragon Wild Turkey Salad Recipe ingredients in a bowl, ready to be combined. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

4. Enjoy this wild turkey salad recipe on crackers, over Romaine lettuce, as a sandwich – or straight out of the bowl!


cranberry tarragon wild turkey salad recipe mixture
This dish is versatile, healthy and perfect for almost any time of day! (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

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