Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Greek Turkey Pasta Salad



Do you ever find yourself a bit shell shocked after Thanksgiving is all said an done?

You know, you wake up on Friday and open your refrigerator door. Only to be welcomed by an overwhelming amount of leftover turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole!  

Well, I have that moment every Thanksgiving.

Then, 

with lack of imagination,

I proceeded to make a hundred turkey sandwiches!


This year I decided to change that. Stir things up a bit, no pun intended.

I wanted to try to use as many of my leftovers as possible, in as many different ways as possible.

This is where I started.

I love me some leftover turkey and I love Greek flavors. So it just seemed perfect for me to put them together in one dish.

Turkey + Pasta + Greek flavors = total leftover bliss!


Greek Turkey Pasta Salad


For the salad:

  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 3 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 jar (7-ounces) Kalamata olives, drained and rough chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped


For the dressing:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup non fat Greek yogurt.
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried Mediterranean oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper



Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water, as per package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Meantime combine the ingredients for the dressing in a food processor. Blend until thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl combine the turkey, tomatoes, olives, red onion, parsley, pasta, and dressing. Toss until combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to combine.

Serves 8

ENJOY!!





41 comments:

  1. This looks great, I would try it without the olives though.

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    1. Yes, my daughter is not a big fan of the olives either

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  2. Wow yummy! I'm not a fan of olives but hubby is. He puts them on his sandwiches and I say they're gross. I would take them out but he would love them in it.

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  3. That looks & sounds absolutely delicious! Healthy, too, I bet!

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    1. Yes it is fairly healthy and you could use whole wheat pasta to make it even more so.

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  4. This is a fabulous recipe to use up the left over turkey! I love pasta salad, and never thought to add the turkey to it! Yum!

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    1. I know, I don't know why I didn't think of it before now!

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  5. This is an awesome idea. I do always seem to end up with TONS of turkey left over after Thanksgiving and you're right - there are only so many turkey sandwiches we can eat!

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  6. Looks great. And long time no talk to. I miss the Food Buzz days a it was easier to see when people you knew posted.

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  7. Wow!! I love the plating you used. The salad looks great and sounds filling.

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  8. i like the idea of adding another "culture" to american thanksgiving.

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  9. This pasta sounds yummy! I will have to try it Friday or Saturday! I was just thinking about needing to find a gluten free stuffing, I am praying such a thing exists!

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    1. I believe I saw one on Pintrest. If you do a search you should be able to find it!

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  10. Now that sounds good - I haven't had a nice salad in forever I'm really fancying one now :) x

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  11. Pasta salad is such a great contribution to any table and this is a great way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

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    1. Yes and it makes the turkey go even further :)

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  12. This is the great way to use up some turkey in a unique way! We plan our Thanksgivings specifically so that we are joining other families and also so we only have 1 days worth of Turkey left over; so we don't end up eating it for days afterwards. But this sounds like a great way to use up the next day turkey.

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    1. Yes, we are going to be gone this Thanksgiving so I made a turkey just for us, and may do it again :)

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  13. We love pasta salad and are also fans of Greek flavors. So, We are definitely going to have to give Greek Turkey Pasta Salad a try. Great way to use up left overs.

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  14. This is great and looks yummy! but what makes it greek? the yogurt and ingredients? Just curious.

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    1. The ingredients are all what you would find in many Greek dishes.

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  15. I am a fan of greek salad and pasta salad so this is on my menu!

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  16. I will be making this when we have all the turkey leftovers. It looks delicious.

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  17. I'm not sure I've had a Greek salad before, but my gosh does it ever look like I need to do it!

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  18. I'm allergic to Greek foods for some odd reason, but this does look good!

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  19. I know what I am adding to m menu this coming week! This sounds so good and looks way better! Thanks for sharing I have yet to have greek food!

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  20. Yummy , this looks wonderful. I don't think I ever made Greek salad before but now I just may

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  21. I love using leftover turkey in new dishes and since I enjoy pasta salad, this looks like something I might try.

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  22. I saw this a few days ago and really liked how easy it is to make.

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  23. YUMMM.. this looks great and perfect timing for our leftover turkey... Love pasta ..thanks for sharing, soo gonna pin it and try it.

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