Char Siu Turkey Breast Salad

  • Yield 4 servings

This Asian-inspired salad features turkey, fresh ginger and mandarin oranges, topped with spiced pecans and wonton crisps.

turkey breast salad
The National Turkey Federation


Ginger Spiced Mandarin Oranges:
8 ounces Mandarin orange segments, drained
2 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
4 ounces Rose's lime juice
Spiced Pecans:
1/2 ounce white sugar
1/4 ounce kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon Chinese 5-Spice
1 cup pecan pieces
-- Oil for deep frying
Char Siu Turkey Breast
4 ounces sugar
1 ounce kosher salt
1 ounce Chinese 5-Spice
1 ounce cold water
1 pound turkey breast, boneless
-- Won ton wrappers
1 pound romaine lettuce, chopped


  1. To prepare the oranges, combine all ingredients. Cover and marinate overnight.
  2. To prepare the spice pecans, combine sugar, salt and spices.
  3. Deep fry pecans. Drain and immediately toss in sugar mixture while pecans are hot. Spread out into a shallow metal pan to drain and cool. Cover and reserve for service.
  4. To prepare the turkey, mix sugar, salt, 5-spice, and water until a paste is formed. Liberally coat turkey breast with the mixture.
  5. Smoke in a preheated 250F smoker oven for 2 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165F.
  6. Trim and thinly slice turkey breast. Cover, chill and reserve for service.
  7. Slice won ton wrappers and deep fry until crispy. Drain and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  8. Per salad, on a chilled plate or in a chilled salad bowl, place 4 ounces sliced turkey breast atop 4 ounces crisp romaine lettuce. Arrange salads with ginger spiced oranges and spiced pecans. Garnish with won ton crisps.

Chef: Executive Chef Nando Belmonte, Islands Dining Room, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, Fla.



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