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Bang Bang Turkey

Bang Bang Turkey 2.000
Nov 21, 2004

This Asian-inspired day-after salad of a simplified peanut sauce and crisp cucumbers is refreshingly light.


Servings: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter, preferably natural
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Chili bean or chili garlic sauce, sambal oelek, red or green curry paste, seeded and minced serrano chili pepper, or hot red pepper sauce to taste (optional)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water, or as necessary
  • For the salad:
  • Watercress leaves or shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce (optional)
  • 1 large cucumber, preferably seedless (hothouse), cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mint
  • 3 cups cold shredded or chopped turkey
  • 2 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
  • Coarsely chopped or crushed peanuts

Directions

For the sauce: In a bowl using a whisk or fork, mix together the oil, peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and the chili sauce, if desired, until combined. Add the hot water and mix until a smooth, sort of thick but still runny paste forms. Taste and adjust the ingredients as desired. (May cover and refrigerate for up to several days.)

For the salad: Arrange the watercress or lettuce, if desired, among individual plates. Divide the cucumbers, cilantro and mint among individual plates, mounding them slightly in the center. Top with the turkey and dribble with the sauce. Top with scallions and peanuts. Pass any remaining sauce on the side.


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Recipe Source

Adapted from Nigella Lawson's "Feast" (Hyperion, 2004).

Tested by Renee Schettler.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 4): 461


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 22g 34%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 131mg 44%

Sodium: 333mg 14%

Total Carbohydrates: 9g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 56g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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