This Tomato-Basil Grilled Turkey Breast Salad is the best turkey salad recipe… ever! You top big bowl of crunchy chopped romaine lettuce marinated and perfectly grilled turkey breast cutlets, sliced cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and a balsamic shallot vinaigrette.
Did I mention this Turkey Breast Salad is Whole30, Paleo, and Weight Watchers and Low Carb/Keto friendly?!
Making a Great Salad
Salads get a bad rep sometimes, but I really believe that salads are not boring. I’ll say it again for the people in the back. SALADS ARE NOT BORING! How could they be, when they’re filled with delicious ingredients like this one is?
The trick is to use simple but interesting ingredients that come alive when they’re paired together! Here I used marinated grilled turkey breasts, crunchy romaine dressing, the most beautiful summer cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers, and that’s pretty much it.
Oh, except the salad dressing — my, my, this balsamic shallot vinaigrette! It’s really something, you guys!
The perfect dressing is essential to the perfect salad, and I see no reason whatsoever for using a bottled dressing, which may have been sitting on the grocery shelf for weeks, even months – even years.Julia Child
For the salad, here’s what you’ll need:
- Turkey Breast Cutlets, marinated (see below!)
- Romaine Lettuce
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Fresh Basil
- Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette (see below, again!)
- Option 1: Buy pre-marinated turkey breasts from Great American Turkey Co.
because hellooooo that is just so EASY, and my kids LOVE IT! And as a BIG bonus, they’re already Whole30 compliant (yay!), gluten free, Paleo and Keto. I get them at Fresh Market.
- Option 2: Make your own tomato-basil marinade at home!
All you need is olive oil, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, garlic powder, dried basil, and salt and pepper.
Easy Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette
The Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette is totally the
icing on the cake… I mean, dressing on the salad. Duh. It’s got so much fresh, rich flavor and it pairs perfectly with the brightness in the turkey marinade and sweet cherry tomatoes.
The dressing keeps in the fridge for about two weeks, but I always use it faster than that!
- Shallots are mild and lightly sweet, especially once they’ve soaked in the vinegar for a while. Adding some to your salad dressing pushes the flavor factor up a ton, and it totally gives this Low Carb turkey salad a lot more depth!
- Substitute Chicken Breasts if you prefer marinated and grilled chicken to grilled turkey.
- Add mozzarella pearls (NOT Whole30 compliant, but would keep it Keto friendly!)
More healthy salad recipes:
- Chicken & Bacon Caesar Salad (Whole30)
- Pomegranate and Avocado Winter Salad (Whole30)
- Curry + Carrot Chicken Salad (Whole30)
- Spiralized Zucchini Caprese Salad (Gluten Free, Low Carb)
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Tomato-Basil Grilled Turkey Salad
Tomato Basil Grilled Turkey Salad
- 1 lb 4 Tomato-Basil marinated Turkey Cutlets or follow directions below to marinate your own. You can also substitute chicken breasts.
- 6-8 cups romaine lettuce
- 1 cucumber
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 6-10 fresh basil leaves
- 1 tbsp oil
Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp minced shallot about 1/2 of a medium shallot
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp dried basil
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
Marinate the Turkey (If making homemade)
- Whisk all the marinade ingredients together. Pour over the turkey cutlets, turning to coat. Cover and allow it to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
Make the Salad Dressing
- While the turkey marinates, make the salad dressing. Mince the shallot. Stir the vinegar, shallot, and seasonings together, then whisk in the olive oil. Set it aside until you're ready.
Prep the Salad Ingredients
- Slice the tomatoes in half and dice the cucumbers into bite sized pieces (if the cucumbers are extra seedy, I like to scrape the seeds out first). Chop the lettuce. Tear the basil leaves.
Cook the Turkey Breasts
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, it's ready!
- Add the turkey breasts and cook covered for about 3 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 165°. Remove the turkey cutlets from skillet and set them aside on a plate to allow to rest for a few minutes.
Assemble the Salads & Serve
- Slice the turkey cutlets thinly, then divide the lettuce into four bowls. Top each bowl with a sliced turkey, cucumber, tomatoes, and torn basil. Drizzle with the salad dressing, season lightly with salt and pepper, and enjoy!