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Warm Turkey and Spinach Salad with Crispy Pancetta and Cranberry Vinaigrette

Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 5 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)
This main-dish salad combines two likely holiday leftovers: turkey and cranberry sauce. Pancetta is uncured Italian bacon; look for it in the deli section of your grocery store. You can substitute bacon, though, if you prefer.


  • Salad:
  • 2 small poblano peppers
  • 4 cups chopped leftover cooked turkey
  • 6 cups prewashed spinach
  • 2 cups torn Boston lettuce
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 2 ounces pancetta
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce or leftover cranberry relish
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 349
  • caloriesfromfat 46 %
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 4.9 g
  • monofat 8.7 g
  • polyfat 2.7 g
  • protein 29 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 75 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 433 mg
  • calcium 70 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare salad, preheat broiler. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 5 minutes. Peel and chop peppers.

  2. Combine peppers, turkey, spinach, and lettuce in a large bowl.

  3. To prepare vinaigrette, cook the pancetta in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta from pan; chop and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings in pan. Add shallots and garlic to pan, and sauté for 1 minute or until tender. Stir in the cranberry sauce, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat 2 minutes or until warm. Pour warm vinaigrette over the salad; toss. Top with pancetta. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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