Italian Tomato Turkey Salad

Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey – 1 cup
  • Lettuce Blend – 1 cup
  • Tomato – 1 medium sized, diced
  • Green or Black Olives – 4 to 5
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pepper – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Olive oil – 1 1/2 Tablespoon
  • Fresh Garlic – 1/2 teaspoon, minced
  • Fresh Basil – 4 to 5 leaves, roughly chopped

Serves 1 to 2 people

Chop the tomato into bite-sized pieces and set aside in a bowl. Chop the olives, mince the garlic, and roughly chop the basil leaves. Add chopped olives, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, garlic, basil, salt and pepper to the chopped tomatoes. Stir and set aside. Add the remaining 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil to a saute pan and heat to medium. Add the ground turkey mince to the pan and brown, stirring regularly to avoid burning. Add the tomato mix to the turkey and continue cooking for two to three minutes. Place the cup of lettuce green, preferably a mixture of different varieties, onto a plate. Serve the turkey mixture over the bed of lettuce.

Another option is to use romaine lettuce leaves to create Italian tomato turkey wraps with the cooked ground turkey mixture, instead of serving it in salad form.

This is a great recipe for people who love Italian flavors and are becoming healthier using the Atkins diet. I have made this multiple times to great success, and I even served it as a light lunch item when I had a group of friends over for our book club. My kids also love it because of how flavorful the turkey mixture is. We sometimes wrap the mixture in lettuce leaves for a type of lettuce wrap instead of eating it as a salad. I think this recipe works in many situations, and can be served as a first course or a light main entree.

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