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Turkey Salad with Almonds and Raisins
Almonds and raisins make a healthy and tasty addition to leftover turkey. Mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, cider vinegar, red onion, a bit of sugar, salt and pepper, you have a lip smacking salad dish that can be served on top of a bed of lettuce or made into a scrumptious turkey salad sandwich. Any day can be a holiday with this easy and elegant recipe.
If you are feeling extra festive, why not serve gourmet turkey sandwiches on rye buns, French baguettes or whole wheat bread paired with a lovely Rosé, a pink wine with a fruity flavor with hints of wild strawberry, cherry, and watermelon. This combination will also make an idyllic and memorable picnic lunch. For a light and uncomplicated gourmet dinner, serve this turkey sandwich with a hearty bowl of soup and a glass of Viognier, a dry white wine with hints of apricot and peach. You can also make small cocktail sandwiches with this recipe, or top it over round crackers and serve it as elegant appetizers for a lovely dinner party. As hors d’oeuvres, they will pair remarkably well with a nice fruity Riesling, not to dry, not to sweet, just perfect. Or why not a beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir, a bold red wine with cherry, red berry and truffle flavors.
For an informal get-together, turkey salad with almonds and raisins make an exotic dip for chips and served with soda or ice cold beer. This recipe can be made ahead and stored for two or three days. It even gets better overnight because the turkey absorbs all the flavors and the spices meld together to create a tantalizing sensation in the palate. Many people find turkey a bit dry; this recipe will make turkey moist and juicy and no one will be able to resist biting into this mouthwatering dish.
3/4 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1/2 cup gold raisins
1/4 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup toasted almonds, slivered
3 cups cooked turkey breast meat, diced
In a bowl, mix in the mayo or salad dressing, Dijon mustard, sugar, vinegar, raisins, celery, and onions. Blend well until the sugar dissolves and all the ingredients are well incorporated.
Stir in the turkey and almonds. Chill.
Garnish with some additional almonds, if desired, and serve.
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