Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

dorktowel's Review

February 04, 2014
It was an ok salad. I couldn't find Boston Lettuce, so I just used the spinach. Pancetta was a nice touch, but the leftover cranberry sauce was WAY too sweet for the rest of the salad. Peeling the poblanos was tedious, although I did figure out that it was easier to scrape off the blackening with a serrated knife. In the future, I would probably roast a variety of different peppers to add some color, add about 8 more ounces of Pancetta, and cut the cranberry sauce down to maybe 2 heaping tablespoons. Also, top it all off with shaved block extra sharp cheddar to cut the sweetness. Tossing with some walnuts would probably improve it too.

kayakGirl21's Review

November 19, 2013
I didn't really like this salad. I admit I didn't follow the recipe to a T but even if I had I don't think I would have liked it. I didn't have the Boston Lettuce, so it was all spinach, also didn't have pancetta so I used bacon, also didn't have a poblano pepper so I used a regular green pepper. I didn't think the roasted pepper went with the flavors at all and I don't think it would have mattered if I had used a poblano. I guess it just had no wow factor like I was expecting. I ate it all but wouldn't make it again.