Hot Turkey Salad

2 cups Elbow Macaroni Noodles
1.25 lbs. Ground Turkey
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 bottle of your favorite Italian Dressing
I bag of Salad Mix ( I used Dole greener selection)
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers (sliced)

1. Cook the Noodles and Brown the Ground Turkey
2. As soon as the noodles are cooked immediately drain and have it be the bottom layer in the bowl
4. Cover the noodles with cheese
5. Cover the Cheese with the Ground Turkey (drained)
This way the cheese melts between the noodles and the turkey
6. Next dump the bag of salad mix on top of the ground turkey and cover with Tomatoes and Cucumbers (I didn't have any cucumbers on hand, but I always use them in this salad)

7. Now add about half a bottle of your favorite Italian dressing

8. Serve and Enjoy!

1. Cook the noodles and brown the ground turkey.
2. Once the noodles are cooked, drain and make it the bottom layer in large serving bowl.
3. Immediately add the cheese on top  to of the hot cooked noodles.
4. Drain the ground turkey and add on top of the cheese (the cheese should melt the meat and the noodles together)
5. Add your Salad mix on top of the ground turkey.
6. Chop up some cucumbers and add those on top of the salad and throw some cherry tomatoes on top as well.
7. Finally, add about a half a bottle of your favorite  Italian dressing over the salad (or as much as you like, I add a half a bottle when we are having guests or taking it to a pot luck) My new favorite dressing is Girard's Champagne dressing and it's REALLY GOOD on this salad also!!!!
8. Serve and Enjoy

How to make this kid friendly:
Before I added the lettuce, I took a bowl full of the noodles, melted cheese, and ground turkey and set it aside. My kids like ranch, so I added ranch to theirs, mixed it up and served it with fruit and carrots. They ate it all up.

If you are not wanting to put all the dressing your salad, here's what you can do:
Instead of putting half the bottle of dressing on the salad, you can wait  and add it after it's been served. That's what I did last night so I could use the Girard's Champagne dressing and my husband could have it with the Italian dressing.


  1. Yum! Looks so easy too! We'll have to try this out :)

  2. How simple is that? Thanks, I'm always looking for new recipes to try. This one will be on my list soon!

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  3. Great recipe! I will be trying this out! Thank you for following Pretty in Pink Gloss. I am your new follower and look forward to more recipes!

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  5. Looks delicious. I will have to try it!

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  6. Looks yummy. And I love how you add the kid friendly version, it is a rarity in our home that our toddlers eat the exact same meal as us.

  7. Sounds yummy! I am always looking for new things to try with Turkey!


  8. Hi, that sounds so dang yummy! My kids love salad, believe it or not. I make something similar, with tuna or chicken, might try the turkey instead. And I just bought some! :-) I came to follow back, and I was already following!

  9. Perfect salad ideal for my diet!

  10. sounds delish! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to reading more!

  11. That looks so good. Yummy for my tummy! I probably would only add a vinaigrette dressing because I have never been a lover of creamy dressing. I am so finicky.

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  12. Great recipe...simple, healthy, and has something for every single member of my family. You should definitely go to Legoland. I'm sure your kids would love it. Thanks for stopping by; following you back.

  13. Mmmm that looks sooo yummy!

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  14. YUM! I am definitely going to give this a whirl -- has all of my family's favorite componets in one dish!


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  17. This looks delicious! Something my kids are sure to love!

  18. YUM!! Nice to see you, Hope, and looking forward to following you.
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  19. I absolutely love it when someone sets out a recipe for me in a way that's foolproof. So glad I've found your lovely blog. Now following x

  20. this looks really good!

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  21. Always love a simple dinner idea, and I like how you make it kid friendly.