Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year but for us Weight Watchers, the joy of the festive season often comes alongside a side helping of guilt at the food we may consume which we usually wouldn’t allow ourselves.
Having savvy ways to use up leftovers is not only way the perfect way to keep your portions under control on the big day, but it will also save you a lot of time and money at a manic (and frankly rather expensive) time!! The lovely Asian salad is one of my favourite ways to use up left over Christmas Day turkey. Its packed with flavour and lovely and light and healthy. Best of all, its only 2sp. The perfect Boxing Day lunch!
This fabulous recipe was featured in the December issue of Weight Watchers magazine so if you have a copy, you can find it in there too!
If you fancy making this lovely salad even more filling, you could also fry up some egg noodles and spilt between the bowls for an extra 5sp per person.
Asian Turkey Salad
Serves 4= 2sp each (Flex)
For the salad
200g leftover turkey, white meat, shredded
1 tsp Chinese five spice
½ tbsp honey
Zest of ½ lime
1 carrot, shredded
3 spring onions, shredded
½ cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
150g cherry tomatoes, halved
Small bag of mixed salad leaves
Handful of beansprouts
Handful of fresh coriander and mint, roughly chopped
20g peanuts, roughly crushed
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
½ tsp light brown sugar
1 tsp each of fresh ginger and garlic, grated
Small splash of water
Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, heat and add the turkey. Sprinkle over the 5 spice, fry for a few minutes until the meat is heated right through and then add the honey and lime zest. Toss into the turkey, fry for 2 minutes more and then remove from the heat.
Blanch the beansprouts in boiling water for 1 minute, drain and refresh under cold water. Pop into a large bowl.
Add the rest of the salad ingredients, expect the peanuts, to the large bowl and toss together.
In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. Mix until the sugar is dissolved (a minute or so). Then pour the dressing over the salad mix.
Share the salad between four bowls, top with the hot turkey and finish with a sprinkle of crushed peanuts.