Turkey, Apple and Kale Grain Salad with Parsley Pesto Dressing Recipe


I’m two weeks into my new healthy habits, and I have to say that making these changes have been a lot easier than I thought they would be.  One important thing to do when making any lifestyle changes is to do little steps at a time like using ground turkey as a substitute in your recipes, which is a light and lean protein option full of vitamins and minerals.

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With Spring right around the corner now is the time to start thinking of festive meals for occasions like Family Day, Easter and March Break.  When organizing a meal for a crowd, Turkey is my go-to option because a whole bird can easily feed a group with minimal effort and is an affordable option.

Not sure what to do with a whole bird?  Canadian Turkey has great WHOLE BIRD HOW TOs that are packed with helpful tips and instructions.  While you’re there check out the recipe section for make-ahead dishes and leftover ideas.  I love having pre-made meals in the freezer for busy weeknight meals and with all the turkey leftovers you have a lot of options.

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Turkey, Apple and Kale Grain Salad with Parsley Pesto Dressing Recipe

Using Canadian Turkey in everyday meals is a great way to make a healthy lifestyle choice.  This recipe if full of flavor and can easily be used as a side dish or for your main course, plus it is an excellent way to use up your leftover turkey!

Turkey is easy to prepare and customize with your favorite flavor profile; it can be found in a variety of cuts at your local grocer or butcher.  This tasty recipe is a great place to start if you want to take small steps to a healthier you.

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Turkey, Apple, and Kale Grain Salad Recipe
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Turkey Farmers of Canada
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups farro grains
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 small can navy beans
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, cut into large chunks
  1. Cook the farro according to package instructions.
  2. Season the butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until fork tender. Set aside to cool.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients.
  4. Toss gently and season with salad dressing.
  5. Serve.
You can use turkey breast or turkey thighs for this recipe. If you don’t have cooked turkey on hand, chop fresh turkey into chunks, season with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and cook in a frying pan until browned on all sides and cooked through, 8 – 12 minutes.
Parsley Pesto Dressing Recipe
Recipe Type: Dressing
Author: Turkey Farmers of Canada
  • 2 tbsp pesto sauce
  • ½ cup loosely packed parsley
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender, hand blender or mini-chopper and blend.


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Get turkey on your table this spring season with recipes and leftover ideas that make it a simple and economical choice to create delicious meals for the whole family or a crowd.

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  1. I always love Spanish-inspired dishes like the Paella and would love to try the Spanish-Style Braised Turkey Thighs this time.

  2. The Turkey Primavera Tart looks light & delicious, moving away from the heavier winter foods, featuring fresh veggies for the perfect savory springtime turkey treat!

  3. We love having outdoor picnics in the spring with our extended family and the Turkey Sandwiches with Green Chutney and Cucumber would be perfect for that occasion – light and refreshing!

  4. we love turkey and in fact we made turkey tacos and turkey shepards pie just this week alone!
    definitely going to try the turkey thigh taco bowls next

  5. We love to bring the grill out as soon as we can and make turkey burgers. I also think that the Grilled Turkey Breast Salad with Wild Mushrooms recipe will be a great way to use the grilled turkey as well.

  6. My favourite recipe from the Canadian Turkey website for the spring has to be the Shredded Turkey Stuffed Salad Rolls with Easy Peanut Sauce. I love the peanut sauce idea, and the rolls sound like a filling but light meal perfect for the spring.

  7. i could eat turkey all year long. it’s a great protein source. Sometimes I like to just add some fresh herbs, rosemary, maybe some sage to the inside and add bacon slices on top.

  8. I think the apple turkey sausage rolls look really good ! would be a great treat for spring dinners or get-togethers ! You know someone will ask if they can get the recipe !

  9. sabina Edwards on

    the lasagna soup recipe because right now I am seriously sick and that is all I want to eat..something hot for my throat

  10. I think the turkey taco pizza would be great to make this weekend when we have friends coming over, we had debating about pizza and I like this combination. Turkey Burgers will be a spring recipe for us too once we get the BBQ out!

  11. The Apple Turkey Sausage Rolls would be an instant hit as an appetizer at an informal gathering or as part of a family sit down meal.

  12. Nicole Jubleew

    A quick Turkey Scaloppini is our favourite like the Skillet Turkey Scaloppini Topped with Mustard, Capers and Olive Sauce available on their site.

  13. My favourite recipe from the Canadian Turkey website for the spring has to be the One Pot French Farmhouse Turkey Braise.It looks delicously yummy and I am really amazed at all the delicious ways to serve turkey.

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