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Greek Turkey Feta Pasta Toss with Buttermilk Dressing

Greek Turkey Feta Pasta Toss with Buttermilk DressingHere's tasty Greek-style turkey and pasta dish with feta cheese, tossed in a creamy homemade buttermilk dressing. A great recipe for using leftover holiday turkey.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups cooked turkey breast, diced
2 teaspoons olive oil, preferably extra virgin
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried oregano
3 cups cooked spiral pasta, such as gemelli or fusilli
2 cups fresh spinach, washed and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced (or ripe olives)
1/3 cup Wisconsin Feta cheese, crumbled

Buttermilk Dressing:
2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese from tub, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

Garnish:
Toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large serving bowl, combine turkey breast, olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. Toss gently to coat and let rest while preparing rest of salad ingredients.
  2. To Assemble Salad: Add pasta, spinach, red peppers, cucumber, olives and crumbled Feta cheese to the turkey in serving bowl. Using salad tongs or two large spoons, toss all ingredients together until well blended.
  3. For Buttermilk Dressing: Beat cream cheese with whisk until creamy. Slowly whisk in buttermilk until smooth. Whisk in garlic and lemon pepper.
  4. To serve, divide salad among four serving plates. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts. Pass dressing to be drizzled over salads.

Makes 4 servings.

Tip: Salad and dressing can be served immediately or chilled several hours before serving.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.