Basque Grilled Turkey & Romaine Salad
This recipe features Basque-inspired grilled turkey breast tenderloins
served atop grilled romaine lettuce and then topped with a tangy
vinaigrette, marinated grape tomatoes, and a dusting of cotija cheese.
1 package turkey breast tenderloins (2 per package)
2 Romaine hearts, cleaned and sliced lengthwise (cores intact)
1 ½ cups Grape tomatoes, cut lengthwise
1/4 cup Cotija cheese, grated
1 Tbsp Canola oil
3 cups Ice water
1 cup Boiling water
1/3 cup Brown sugar
1/4 cup Sea salt
2 Tbsp Seasoned salt
1 tsp Black pepper
1/4 cup Canola oil
1/8 cup Extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup Honey
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
2 tsp Sweet paprika
1 tsp Garlic salt
1 tsp Dry oregano
1 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh
1/2 tsp Dry thyme
1/8 tsp Ground cayenne
Whisk together all of the brine ingredients, except the ice water, in a small
Add the hot liquid to the ice water in a larger bowl or zip-top bag.
Stir to combine then add the turkey.
Cover or seal and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
Combine all of the marinade/dressing ingredients, except the tomatoes, in a
medium mixing bowl.
Whisk well to combine.
Add the tomatoes, stir and set aside.
Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (about
Grill the turkey tenderloins over direct heat for 5 minutes.
Flip the tenderloins over and baste them with the dressing.
Continue cooking until the thickest part of each tenderloin reaches an
internal temperature of 165º.
Baste the tenderloins again and remove them to a plate, cover and let rest
A zip-top bag also works well for resting.
Brush the cut side of each romaine heart half with the dressing.
Grill each lettuce half, cut-side-down, over a hot direct fire for about 90
Remove the romaine to a cutting board and let cool.
Rough chop the lettuce and arrange it on a serving platter.
Slice each tenderloin across the grain to 1/4 inch and arrange the slices
evenly on top of the lettuce.
Pour the remaining dressing and tomatoes evenly over the turkey and
Sprinkle the top of the entire salad with the cotija cheese.
Serve and enjoy!