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Turkey Avocado Salad & a Picnic

with Herb Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing

Turkey Avocado Salad with Herb Chipotle Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dinner #salad #recipe

I’m behind on my posts … I can’t recall the story behind this salad, how it came to be. I think it was one of those “I’m hungry for a good salad” moments and I looked in my fridge and discovered an avocado and some smoked turkey that I’d bought for my daughter for sandwiches. I believe I made up some dressing on the spot to go with it … something to give the salad a little spicy zing, but still creamy and wonderful. At least I think that’s how it went. My old brain isn’t always so good at remembering these details if I don’t write them down right away.

The only thing I remember clearly was digging into this simple salad and thinking, “oh man, this is good!” … and I vowed that I had to make it again for the blog. So here’s my 2nd turkey avocado salad. I almost wanted to call it a California Salad because you can always find turkey avocado sandwiches wherever you go in California. Transforming it into a salad with Herb Chipotle Ranch Dressing–that’s SO California, too. Those tomatoes on the salad? Those are NOT California … they are from my very own patio garden. I’m such a proud tomato momma. The little flowers are from my little organic patio garden too. They welcome me home every day with a big smile on their tiny little faces.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a blog train of picnic food … don’t you wish you could have all these wonderful foods on a REAL picnic?

Turkey Avocado Salad w Herb Chipotle Ranch

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: as many as you like!

Turkey Avocado Salad w Herb Chipotle Ranch


    For the Herb Chipotle Ranch Salad Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped fine
  • About 1/4 cup finely chopped mixed herbs (dill, oregano, rosemary, basil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • For the salad:
  • Mixed greens
  • Finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Thinly sliced smoked turkey
  • Slices of ripe avocado
  • Fresh garden tomato, cut in wedges
  • Green onion, snipped
  • Edible flowers, if desired, for garnish


  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.
  2. Slice the smoked turkey into thin "ribbons".
  3. Fill your salad plate or bowl most of the way with greens. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Pile on the turkey ribbons, then add the avocado slices and tomato wedges. Sprinkle with snipped green onion and add a few flowers for garnish (if you so desire).
  4. Serve immediately with the dressing.


RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Turkey Avocado Salad with Herb Chipotle Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dinner #salad #recipe

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15 Responses

  1. Liz

    What a spectacular salad! Full of marvelous summer produce…and even a beautiful pansy! This would catch anyone’s eye at a picnic!

    July 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

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  3. This sounds wonderful!! Perfect for a picnic! YUMMY!!!!

    July 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

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  5. This turkey avocado dish looks fresh on the plate. Off to pin!

    July 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  6. Hi Ann this looks marvelous pinned to my salads on Pinterest! Going to share at G+ too thanks for the beautiful salad!

    July 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm

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  9. G’day! Your salad looks so healthy indeed!
    It is fun meeting you and your friends at the picnic too!
    Cheers! Joanne

    July 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm

  10. Ann, I would go on a picnic with you any day if you bring this wonderful looking salad.. Love the addition of the pansy.

    July 13, 2014 at 3:58 am

  11. I am not usually a huge fan of salad but your picture totally makes me want to eat this one! It is so colorful and delicious-looking!

    July 13, 2014 at 6:27 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Kristin! It IS really delicious … 🙂

      July 13, 2014 at 9:01 am

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