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Turkey, Spinach & Feta Cheese Salad

by Dennis Weaver

Another good portable idea is this Chicken, Bacon & Tomato Salad

Those little bags of prepackaged salad greens that you can find at the supermarket are perfect for the road. They'll keep for several days in a cooler. If you mix the salad before you leave, the greens will get soggy. Package up the components and mix the salad on the road when you're ready to eat.


1 bag packaged spinach salad greens
2 cups chopped turkey meat
1 cup feta, blue, or gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon dry basil leaves
freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup vinaigrette dressing
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1. At the grocery store, pick up the spinach greens, deli meat, and cheese. Cut the turkey meat into cubes or strips. Toss the meat with basil and pepper and store it in a plastic container or bag. Crumble the cheese and store it in a bag or container.

2. Put your favorite vinaigrette in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. Put the walnuts in a plastic bag.

3. Put everything in a cooler, including the nuts. You should have adequate ice to keep your ingredients at 40 degrees. (Click here for more tips about coolers.)

4. When you get ready to eat, break out the paperware and plastic utensils. Scatter the greens on paper plates. Top the greens with turkey, cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle it with dressing and enjoy.
Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver -- having burnt food from Miami, Florida to Point Barrow, Alaska -- is RTA's road food expert. He has logged thousands of hours on the roads, trails, and waterways of America including many of Alaska's wilderness rivers and has consistently been elected the trips' "chief cook and bottle washer." Dennis is currently general manager at The Prepared Pantry, a company in Rigby, Idaho, that produces ready-to-eat meals and baking mixes packaged in Mylar. Weatherproof, bug-proof, and critter resistant, they're ideal for both roadtrips and back woods camping. Dennis may be reached at
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