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Friday, August 8, 2014

Roasted Turkey, Dried Cherries and Barley Salad

Roasted Turkey, Dried Cherries and Barley Salad (photo by LivligaHome)

Roasted Turkey, Dried Cherries and Barley Summer Salad is a great way to use leftover turkey, not spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and provides a healthy meal for dinner and/or lunch. In a previous blog I talked about how to spit and roast a turkey on your grill. This recipe is a great way to use some of the turkey leftovers in a fresh and interesting way.

Many salads, like the Roasted Turkey, Dried Cherries and Barley Summer Salad, can be made ahead of time, even the day before, or in the morning so that at the end of the day when we are tired and not so motivated to cook, especially during the summer, we have something ready to go. Making salads earlier in the day also avoids adding heat at the hottest time of the day.

Roasted Turkey, Dried Cherries and Barley Salad

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked pearled barley
3 cups water
12 ounces roasted turkey breast, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
¾ cup dried cherries
cup nonfat Greek yogurt
¼ cup nonfat mayonnaise
Pinch of sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Directions
1. Rinse pearled barley and place it in a medium saucepan. Add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour or until all water is absorbed. Once cooked place in a mixing bowl and flake the barley with a fork until fluffy.
2. Add all other ingredients. Mix well.
Serves: 5. Serving size: 1½ cups.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!

Bon Appétit! (photo by LivligaHome).