Southwest Style Chipotle Seasoned Turkey Tenderloin Salad | Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

Southwest Style Chipotle Seasoned Turkey Tenderloin Salad


  • 1 package Shady Brook Farms® McCormick® Grill Mates® Southwest Style Chipotle Style Turkey Tenderloin
  • 2 packages Southwest Salad Chopped Salad Mix (Taylor Farms or Eat Smart Brand)
  • 1 cup prepared Pico de Gallo
  • ½ cup thawed Corn Kernels
  • ½ cup drained and rinsed canned Black Beans
  • 1 package of Crispy Tortilla Strips
  • ½ cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup of Cilantro Honey Lime Vinaigrette (recipe below)

Cilantro Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 4.5 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4.5 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ bunch Cilantro
  • 2 oz. of Pickled Jalapenos
  • 3 ea. Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp. of Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1 cup Canola or Olive Oil


  1. Preheat outdoor smoker to 250° F and place tin dish of water on bottom rack of smoker. Dish maintains humidity and temperature.
  2. Place the turkey tenderloins on the grill, every half hour open smoker and mist tenderloin with water or apple cider vinegar. Flip tenderloins at half way point, 1 hour into smoking.
  3. Continue to smoke until they reach a minimum internal temperature of 165° F. Use a meat thermometer to confirm internal temperature.
  4.  While turkey tenderloins are cooking, prepare the Southwest salad.
  5. Place the chopped Southwest salad mix, Pico, corn, black beans, cheese and tortilla strips in a mixing bowl. Add the dressing and gently toss until thoroughly coated.
  6. Place the mixed salad on a large platter. Remove the tenderloins from the smoke and allow to rest for 5-10minutes. Slice into ¼” slices and place on top of the mixed salad.
  7. Serve immediately.

Cilantro Honey Lime Vinaigrette

  1. Place the vinegar, lime juice, cilantro, jalapenos, garlic, salt and pepper in a blend or food processor. Blend until thoroughly mixed.
  2. With the blender running on medium speed, slowly add the honey then the oil.  Turn the speed up to high for approximately 10 seconds.
  3. Pour dressing into proper storage container and set at room temperature until needed.