Lettuce with Turkey, Red & White Beans; what cows do in the winter

Salad season has started.

Sort of….

I planted 24 lettuce sets earlier this spring to give us a head start while waiting for the lettuce seeds to grow.

All but 4 died / were killed immediately. The same thing happened last year, so I wasn’t surprised, but they are so cheap I just can’t resist.

The 4 that survived are all ready to eat at the same time, naturally, so we’re eating salads.

The rest of the lettuce will be ready in another week or so….

Lettuce with Turkey, Red & White Beans

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 10oz (300gr) turkey cutlets
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips, then in half
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in half, then sliced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 8oz (240gr) red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
  • 8oz (240gr) white beans (cannellini), drained, rinsed or all one color
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) dry-cured, Greek olives
  • 2oz (60gr) feta, crumbled
  • 2 tbs fresh oregano leaves  or basil
  • Lettuce – enough for 2 main meal salads, cleaned, torn
  • Marinade for turkey:
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbs salad olive oil

Lettuce and Turkey Salad


  • Mix all ingredients for marinade, spoon on to turkey and set aside.
  • Vinaigrette: Crush garlic.
  • Mix garlic, vinegar and mustard.
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly.
  • Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a medium skillet
  • Add pepper, onion and sauté until just crisp-tender. Remove and set aside.
  • Cook turkey on barbecue grill or in a skillet until done, 4 – 7 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
  • Remove and let rest while assembling the salad.
  • To assemble:
  • Put lettuce and oregano leaves into a large salad bowl.
  • Add half of the vinaigrette to the lettuce and toss well to coat.
  • Slice turkey into strips and add to lettuce.
  • Add beans, peppers, onions, and the rest of the vinaigrette, toss well.
  • Add tomatoes, olives, feta, toss gently and serve.
  • Sprinkle with crumbled feta and serve.

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Every year, in early winter, our farmer neighbor puts all of his cows in the barns. I’m really not sure why as it doesn’t get that cold here, but winters can be very wet.

They stay in the barns until mid-spring. He likes to cut and bale the spring growth in the pastures before he lets them out. That bales provide the food for the next winter.

The cows were let out of the barns last week.


Within days of them being out in the fresh spring air there were calves everywhere.

See all those little tan specs in the grass?

Here’s the close-up:


Now we know what’s going on in the barn all winter.

Here the cows, bulls and calves are all kept together.

It’s such fun watching the calves run around and play. My dogs think they’re puppies and want to run over and play with them…..

Which they did two years ago.

Mama met them at the fence…..

They came home rather quickly.

Last update on May 30, 2016

3 thoughts on “Lettuce with Turkey, Red & White Beans; what cows do in the winter”

  1. It’s good to know the girls are afraid of something so much bigger than they. You suppose the cows in the barns are in stalls and stand still for months? They must get to move around to get calves or perhaps that happened before they went in. Wish my mind was somewhere else now.

  2. Cowies! We love cows. But I would think those babies aren’t all that much bigger than your puppies. I could be wrong, but they’re size is deceiving from across the lake.

    I wish I could eat salad every day. I have IBS and can’t eat more than a quarter cup of any kind of roughage without paying dearly…but it sure looks good!

    You asked for feedback on the ads and I wanted to let you know that yes, I am annoyed with the video ad just above the comments section. Why, you ask? Because I can’t seem to turn off the auto play feature. I don’t want any videos to play unless I click on them. Facebook annoys me so for the same reason. I leave my sound on, not loud, but on and as soon as I scroll to that area, the video starts playing and of course, the sound for the video is always at maximum so the whole thing just kind of jumps out at me.

    I am only one person here. Others might not care at all. I’m just letting you know…

  3. phoenicia, they get to move around… And the herd is much smaller then. Yeah, it’s good the pups respect the mama cows LOL

    nightsmusic, they’re not a lot bigger,,,, But mom is! Too bad about the salads. I would really miss that part of summer Thanks for letting me know about the video… Can you close it or skip it? Or just scroll past it? They told me it was easy to close or go past….. I haven’t seen any ‘results’ yet. but, again, thanks for the info. And sorry to annoy you 😉

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