Spinach-and-Turkey Salad with Cucumber-and-Feta Dressing

A new twist on a Greek salad: The feta's in the dressing. After adding the cheese to the blender or processor, just pulse a few times to combine the ingredients; you want the dressing to be slightly chunky. Serve the salad with warm buttered pita.

 

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  • Servings: 4
KEY: Spring, Summer, American, Greek, Salads, Fast, No-Cook, Dinner, Lunch

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Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red- or white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 pounds spinach, stems removed and leaves washed well (about 31/2 quarts)
  • 1 1/2-pound piece cooked turkey, cut into approximately 1-by-1/4-by-1/4-inch strips
  • 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes (about 3/4 pound)

How to make this recipe

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine 1 cucumber half, the yogurt, oil, vinegar, dill,1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper. Blend or process until smooth. Chop the remaining cucumber and add to the blender or food processor along with the feta. Pulse once or twice just to combine.
  2. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the spinach, turkey, tomatoes, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss the salad with the dressing.

Notes

Variations:

o Use chopped fresh oregano instead of dill.

o Add half a cup of Greek olives.

o If you can get ripe summer tomatoes, use them instead of the cherry tomatoes.

Suggested Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the few wines that can negotiate the aggressive flavor of feta. Try a zippy Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé. Made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc, these are among France's most versatile wines.

Photo © Melanie Acevedo Published November 2011

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