This Spring Turkey Cobb Salad recipe is a twist on the traditional cobb with a burst of fresh springtime favourites like sugar snap peas and asparagus! Perfect for an everyday family meal or a special occasion lunch, this cobb salad featuring Canadian Turkey and fresh spring produce is sure to be a hit!
Spring is here and with it a whole new season of special occasions to celebrate with family and friends. We just recently celebrated Easter but coming up (quickly!) is Mother’s Day, Victoria Day, Father’s Day, and a whole slew of birthdays too. With so many celebrations just around the corner, you can make life easier by planning ahead to make family dinners extra special. Canadian Turkey is the perfect choice to help you create extra special meals that will wow a crowd but are still easy and economical to prepar,e allowing you to enjoy more of the great spring weather headed our way.
We often think of Turkey as being a protein we only see on the table at Christmas and Thanksgiving, however it really is a great choice for everyday meals as well as dinner parties. It’s so versatile and such a great choice to feed your family as it is a lean source of protein that’s packed with vitamins and minerals.
Cooking a whole roast turkey is an easy option to feed a large group of people, and makes a beautiful and festive presentation no matter the occasion. You can accurately predict how much food you will need per person and how much time you will need to cook it. Once your turkey is roasting in the oven, you’re left with the chance to join your guests and enjoy the day.
If you are pressed for time, try roasting separate turkey thighs, drumsticks and turkey breasts in the oven – you can serve them up in half the time of a whole turkey! I also love to cook turkey breast when I am feeding my family during the week instead of a whole bird. The turkey breasts are my favourite cut with just the right amount of meat for our family of four and they don’t take long to cook up at all.
Need more great reasons to put Canadian turkey on your table? Read on!
5 Ways to Make Turkey Your Secret Weapon for Everyday Meals:
- Plan ahead! When it comes to meal planning, a whole turkey delivers huge value as a ‘cook once, eat twice or more’ meal. You can buy a whole turkey to cook on the weekend and feed your family for several days during the week. Freeze portions of leftovers to use as meal-starters for quick weekday dinners and lunches.
- Get back to basics! Enjoying more meals at home is one of the best things you can do for your family. Cooking meals from scratch let you control the ingredients and include more health-boosting whole foods such as turkey, veggies and whole grains.
- Make the switch! Turkey makes a fantastic everyday choice for all your protein needs. Think about switching to turkey and turkey cuts for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Turkey is lean, nutrient-rich and packed with protein to give you long-lasting energy that powers you through your busy everyday schedules and activities.
- Boost your nutrients! Turkey is packed with nutrients like vitamin B12 (important in keeping your nervous system – the body’s electrical wiring – working well), selenium (an antioxidant mineral) and zinc (for a strong immune system).
- Bump up the protein! Eating 20 to 30 grams of quality protein with all of your meals, along with being active, can help build and maintain muscle. Protein delivers hunger-curbing satisfaction to keep you energized for longer. Turkey is the power protein of choice – it’s an excellent source of high-quality protein with each 100 gram portion serving up about 30 grams of lean protein.
Looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TO’s? Visit canadianturkey.ca for all your cooking inspiration. The recipe section is filled with amazing recipes for full meals, snacks, appetizers and family favourites. There are WHOLE TURKEY HOW TO’s that are packed with helpful tips and instructions. You can also find a gold mine of ideas in the recipe section for make-ahead dishes and leftovers. There’s nothing better than making some delectable dishes for the remainder of the week, or stashing some pre-made meals in the freezer for your next busy weeknight!
Spring Turkey Cobb Salad
For the Turkey:
1 lb Canadian Turkey Breast, 1″ cubes
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1/2 tsp Ground Thyme
For the Dressing:
6 tablespoons evoo
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
¼ tsp salt
Dash of pepper
For the Salad:
1/2 lb Asparagus, woody ends trimmed, boiled, grilled or pan fried
1 Head of Boston Lettuce, torn
1 Ripe Avocado, thinly sliced
4 Eggs, hard boiled, peeled, sliced
8 slices Turkey Bacon, cooked, crumbled
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup Radishes, thinly sliced
½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
1 cup sugar snap peas
Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl until completely combined.
Stir finely grated lemon peel and 2 tbsp lemon juice with oil, honey, garlic and seasonings.
Pour the marinade over the turkey and leave at room temperature, covered, for 30 minutes.
Pan fry the turkey over medium-high heat in a skillet until cooked.
On a large serving platter, spread the lettuce out in an even layer.
Top with the remaining salad ingredients and serve alongside the dressing.
For the Turkey:
- 1 lb Canadian Turkey Breast, 1" cubes
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp Ground Thyme
For the Dressing:
- 6 tablespoons evoo
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp salt
- Dash of pepper
For the Salad:
- 1/2 lb Asparagus, woody ends trimmed, boiled, grilled or pan fried
- 1 Head of Boston Lettuce, torn
- 1 Ripe Avocado, thinly sliced
- 4 Eggs, hard boiled, peeled, sliced
- 8 slices Turkey Bacon, cooked, crumbled
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- Radishes, as much as you like
- ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl until completely combined.
- Stir finely grated lemon peel and 2 tbsp lemon juice with oil, honey, garlic and seasonings.
- Pour the marinade over the turkey and leave at room temperature, covered, for 30 minutes.
- Pan fry the turkey over medium-high heat in a skillet until cooked.
- On a large serving platter, spread the lettuce out in an even layer.
- Top with the remaining salad ingredients and serve alongside the dressing.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Canadian Turkey, however all thoughts and ideas are honest and my own.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!