Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke
Active Time
25 Mins
Slow-cooking Time
5 Hours
Total Time
5 Hours 25 Mins
Serves 4 

You can have this filling salad ready in just 15 minutes, making it a no-brainer for weekday lunches. Use our Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast recipe to get the protein ready and on hand for this hearty salad. Unlike roasting, slow-cooking locks in moisture, creating juicy and flavorful meat, which is so important when cooking a healthier, leaner protein like turkey breast. If not kept under the correct conditions with proper pampering, it becomes dry and tough. The creamy blue cheese-buttermilk dressing that accompanies this crisp wedge salad combines buttermilk, garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, parsley, blue cheese, and paprika for a flavorful topping to this simple salad of just iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, and turkey (in lieu of the usual crumbled bacon). This recipe makes for a perfect lunchtime or dinner salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare the turkey: Stir together butter, thyme, garlic, rosemary, sage, lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of the salt, and 1 teaspoon of the pepper in a medium bowl until well incorporated. Rub butter mixture under turkey skin. Sprinkle outside of turkey with remaining 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Pour chicken broth in bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker; add turkey, skin side up. Cover and cook on LOW until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165°F, 4 1/2 to 5 hours.

Step 2

Remove turkey from slow cooker; remove skin from turkey and discard. Chop turkey and set aside, covered.

Step 3

Prepare the dressing: Whisk together buttermilk, grated garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, flat-leaf parsley, 1 1/2 oz. blue cheese, salt, pepper, and paprika in a medium bowl.

Step 4

Divide the iceberg lettuce quarters among 4 plates. Spoon dressing evenly over lettuce. Top each salad with 10 oz. chopped turkey (reserve the remaining turkey for another use), tomato, red onion, remaining blue cheese, and remaining chives.

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