Turkey, Feta, White Bean Salad; bat in the house

Last year we had so much lettuce I nearly filled our compost container to over-flowing. We ate it twice a day for weeks and it never looked like we picked any. I gave it to neighbors and friends by the sackful.

This year, after stringing CD’s everywhere, we manged to have 4 main course dinner salads, and we each had one, big lunch salad.

Then, even though it never grew more than a few inches high, it started to bolt.

The weather turned hot and it just said enough……

I pulled it all, rescued the leaves that weren’t too chewed off, and that was our salad season for this year.

I had planted tri-color Romaine. and, apparently, whatever was eating it liked the green best, followed by the mottled green and red. After the initial destruction, they left the solid red to us.

So kind…..

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Turkey, Feta, White Bean Salad

The ‘French’ dressing I made for this salad is a play on the bottled French Dressing I grew up with in the Midwest.
I used both green and purple basil leaves.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads


  • 10oz (300gr) turkey cutlets
  • 1/2 cup ((4oz, 120gr) marinated artichoke hearts, cut if huge
  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 8oz (240gr) white beans (cannellini), drained, rinsed 
  • 1/3 cup (1.5oz, 45gr) dry-cured, Greek olives, pitted, cut in half
  • 2oz (60gr) feta, crumbled
  • 2 tbs fresh basil leaves, large leaves torn
  • Lettuce – enough for 2 main meal salads, cleaned, torn
  • Marinade for turkey:
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • ‘French’ Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbs salad olive oil


  • Mix all ingredients for marinade, spoon onto turkey and set aside.
  • Vinaigrette:
  • Whisk together ketchip. vinegar, paprika, and mustard.
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly.
  • Wjen ready 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 basil leaves into a large salad bowl.
  • Add half of the vinaigrette to the lettuce and toss well to coat.
  • Slice turkey into strips.
  • Add turkey, beans to lettuce, along with the rest of the vinaigrette, toss well.
  • Add tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, feta, toss gently and serve.


I used thinly sliced turkey breast for this, but chicken breasts would work as well.

Turkey, White Bean Salad

It’s been hot here.

Not as hot as last summer, so far… for which we are grateful. Still, hot enough that we close up the house by noon and don’t re-open until sunset.

35C (95F) has been the highest temperature…. last summer we hit 40C (104F). That is a HUGE difference.

Guapa seems to be handling it okay, so far. Our walks are shorter and we stay in the shade as much as possible. Her ‘ouside time’ is now just after sunrise and after sunset. Otherwise we are in the dark house with fans on. My garden work gets done early mornings as well.

Closing the house up involves closing the shutters. Bats like to spend time behind the shutters when they’re open. I’m only guessing…. The other night, when I went upstairs to bed, there was a centipede on the wall above my pillow. I have an irrational fear of centipedes and spiders. I went to the top of the stairs to call for assistance when a bat flew over my head.

I have no fear whatsoever of bats.

I started thinking…. do bats eat centipedes? Could I encourage the bat to go in the bedroom and kill the centipede for me?

No…. Bats eat insects on the fly. Centipedes don’t fly. I called down to mon mari to come up and deal with the centipede while I tried to get the bat out of the house.

He was more successful in his endeavor than I was in mine. I closed the doors to all the rooms upstairs and took the screen and flower box out of the window. I waved my arms and tried my best to shoo him out the window but no joy. It’s a small window.

I finally left him in peace, window open, all doors closed. I assume he found his way out.

The next night there was another centipede – this one IN the bed.

I’d rather have bats.

2 thoughts on “Turkey, Feta, White Bean Salad; bat in the house”

  1. I’m jealous. They paved the road in front of our house and after much wrangling and waiting until the nesting season was over, took most of the trees the bats around here nested in. That was three years ago and though I’ve had a bat house up all that time, we’ve not seen one since. I love watching them and with all the lakes around us, they were extremely efficient at keeping the mosquito population down. 🙁

    My garden is…less than stellar this year. The almost two weeks of 95+ temps didn’t help, but the pepper plants I planted over a month ago now haven’t grown at all. I did manage to harvest a small pan of green beans so we’ve had one side dish from those and I got one cucumber. I’ve counted 7 tomatoes between three plants. It’s a bad year for gardens I guess.

    • I just keep telling myself that every year there is one thing in the garden that is great and another that is abysmal…. sometimes I just have to wait to find out which is which. The thought doesn’t relieve my stress, however lol.
      I didn’t realize that bats nested in trees. There is our cellar, I love watching them come out at night.

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