Fruit & Turkey Salad With Zesty Berry Marinade

Yesterday morning upon arising, the temperature here in Winter Haven, FL was a freezing 30 F, with frost covering everything.

It was the second morning in a row with such temps, except the previous day, it was 33 F when I awoke.

This is the vapor on the pond behind our home.
Everything was still and almost silent at sunrise except for the ducks still swimming & feeding in the pond.

Well, with such a nippy morning, I desired something zesty and zippy to start my morning with. Yesterday at the outdoor produce market near CR540A near the Lakeland/Bartow Border, I picked up a delicious pineapple for $1.99 and pears for $0.99/lb and I also had leftover turkey in the fridge and a bit of remaining mixed-berry fruit puree we had made for our French Toast on Christmas morning.

The majority of the time I invent my own meals or modify recipes I have or even google a few ingredients that I have on hand and see what delicious, healthy recipe appears. And from there, modify to what appeals to my taste buds :-).

So, with that said, here is my December 29, 2010 Invention: 

Fruit & Turkey Salad With Zesty Berry Marinade

Main Ingredients: (You may choose the variety of fruit depending upon the season or availability as well as the choice of protein)
  • 3 Spears Fresh Pineapple
  • 1 Medium Fresh Bartlett Pear
  • 1 Medium Fresh Orange
  • 1 Medium Ripe Banana
  • 1 Cup Cooked Turkey
Step 1: Cut fruit and turkey into bitesize pieces and place in a bowl.

Marinade Ingredients: (you choose quantity for your own taste preferences)
  • Mixed Berry Puree
  • Apple Cider
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Step 3: Put above ingredients into a shaker cup (instead of a blender which can produce too much froth) and shake until all are blended evenly. Pour liberally and immediately over the fruit/turkey combo mix (decide quantity depending upon taste preference).

1.5 TBSP Freshly Ground Flax Seeds - Flax seeds can be ground in a coffee grinder or blender. Flax seeds are high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals (compounds produced by plants) called lignans (phytoestrogens)

Step 4: Sprinkle over top of Main Ingredients after pouring on the marinade.  

  • Berry Blend - I used strawberries, blackberries and added blueberries from another source.
Step 2: Place 1 Cup of Frozen Berries into blender with approximately 1/2 Cup of hot water and pulse the contents until pureed.

  • Apple Cider (not apple juice) - approximately 1 part to every 3 parts Berry Puree

  • Balsamic Vinegar - approximately 1 part to every 3 parts Berry Puree

  • Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil - approximately 1 part to each 3 parts of Berry Puree

  • Garnish with 1 TBSP Fresh Picked Spearmint Leaves and eat immediately.
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