Don’t limit turkey to the holidays! It’s a perfect choice for summer grilling and it turns this savory and sweet salad into a quick summer meal.
Thank you to the National Turkey Federation for sponsoring this post and inspiring this recipe!
I was thinking the other day, that turkey doesn’t get nearly enough love. Not the kind of turkey from the deli, but the home-cooked kind that steals the spotlight on one important day of the year (and maybe shows up once more for Christmas), but then quietly takes a back seat somewhere in the poultry section… We should change that, and include turkey in our summer festivities too, don’t you think? How about we let a new bird take over the grill this summer?
We’re literally counting down to the unofficial start of summer, which means it’s time to pull out your creative grilling recipes. I prefer to limit the burgers and dogs, and stick to fish, vegetables, and leaner proteins – like turkey. It’s such a perfect choice for the grill, because turkey is so moist and tender, and it plays so nicely with almost any marinades or seasonings you can think of. It’s almost hard to screw it up. Really.
Here are a few more reasons to invite turkey to all of your summer food fests:
So, let’s talk about this recipe. Traditional Indian tandoori is a meat coated with a yogurt-spice mixture, and then cooked in a clay pot, but I’m keeping it cool in the house, and grilling instead. The nonfat Greek yogurt in this “marinade” does an amazing job of tenderizing the meat and makes these turkey thighs so totally moist they almost melt-in-your-mouth. And the Indian curry-garam masala flavors are just a treat for the senses. If I do say so myself.
DO NOT be alarmed by the long(ish) ingredient list. Most are used in both the marinade and the dressing, and both can be done way in advance if you like. Just measure, mix, and marinade. Make sure you get that yogurt-y stuff all over both sides for max flavor and tenderizing. Oh, and if you click the image below, you’ll be treated with hundreds of other delicious, creative turkey dishes for all summer long.
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I love cool, pretty, and colorful salads when the weather is hot, and this one totally hits the spot. It’s a perfect blend of spicy, savory, sweet, crisp, crunchy and chewy. With a member of every food group present and on one plate. Or bowl if you prefer.
It’s already hot here in AZ, so I cook the turkey and make the dressing early in the day, which means when dinner rolls around, I don’t sweat it!
Want more recipe inspiration? Check out the many ways you can Serve Turkey this summer, and follow the National Turkey Federation on Facebook and Twitter, for tips, turkey-prep videos, and healthy recipes you can enjoy all year long.
Have you ever used yogurt as a marinade? Do you know what a tandoori is?