Wild Turkey Salad with Dandelion Greens, Wood Sorrel, Greenbrier and Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette
With its combination of fresh, healthy herbs, lean protein, and wild greens, this amazing salad is ready to deliver on both taste and nutrition! This Wild Turkey Salad is made with Dandelion Greens, Wood Sorrel, and Greenbrier, all of which you could probably find on a five-minute foraging trip in your backyard! Foraging for wild herbs and greens is a great way to spend quality time with the family, and having this salad to look forward to makes us forage even harder! Make sure to serve this memorable summer salad with Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette!
One of my favorite ways to add color, character, and exotic flavor to my salads is by including foraged herbs and greens! Just like my Herb Salad with Edible Flowers, this Wild Turkey Salad salad has a stunning presentation, with a fresh taste that lifts your spirits like any good salad should! I use three foraged herbs in this salad, and each adds its own element to the dish. If you can’t forage, then conventional salad greens will be a fine substitute, but I definitely encourage you to get out and forage because all of these herbs are easy to find! I hope you enjoy this Wild Turkey Salad with Foraged Herbs!
Dandelions prevent high blood pressure and various forms of cancer and can be used to treat liver disease and aid in weight reduction. Raw dandelion greens also contain a high amount of vitamins A, C, and K. They also are packed full of other essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese. Dandelion Tea is also known for its medicinal value, and you can easily brew it with some foraged dandelion greens from your yard.
Greenbrier is available in most super markets. If you can’t find it, just add more dandelion greens. Greenbrier is in the smilax family, which is most notable for producing sarsaparilla, commonly used in root beer. The smilax family of plants is known for many species with medicinal value. Some research is currently being carried out to study the efficacy of these plants in producing medicine to treat Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Wood Sorrel is another common plant found all over the world, a member of the Oxalis family. People have been foraging and eating Wood Sorrels throughout much of human history, and it has been featured in many different cuisines across the world. It has a taste that slightly resembles lemon. Wood Sorrels are flowering plants and will often feature bright, colorful bulbs that you can distinguish them by. Common colors on Wood Sorrels are pink and yellow.
Wild Turkey Salad with Dandelion Greens, Wood Sorrel, Greenbrier, and Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette
- 3 cups dandelion greens
- 1/3 cup greenbrier
- 1/3 cup wood sorrel
- 1/3 cup green onions
- 1/4 cup mulberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries
- 1 cup Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 1 pound turkey breast sliced into 1-inch thick slices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, place 1/2 cup of the Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette. Gently mix dandelion greens, greenbrier, wood sorrel, onions, mulberries, and strawberries with the vinaigrette and divide greens among 4 plates.
- Pound each turkey slice to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into bite-sized pieces.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix olive oil,, salt, pepper, and turkey pieces together.
- Heat cast iron skillet to almost smokking and cook turkey pieces in batches for 2 minutes on each side. Be sure not to crowd the pan so that your meat browns and does not steam.
- Divide turkey pieces among the four salad plates. Drizzle a little Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette over the salad as desired. Serve with your favorite crusty bread.