Delicious and easy to make leftover Turkey Salad is the perfect way to use up any of your leftover roasted turkey from a holiday meal. Made with a few simple ingredients, this protein-packed salad is absolutely delicious!
Mayonnaise: this is the classic base for turkey salad and I personally like the flavor it gives the salad. Don’t worry, I’ve provided an alternative below if you don’t love mayo.
Greek Yogurt: instead of all mayonnaise for the salad base, we’re keeping things a bit lighter by using plain greek yogurt as well. This helps to add a bit more protein to the turkey salad as well.
Dijon Mustard: a bit of mustard is a requirement in any turkey salad. Dijon mustard is always my go-to choice. You could also use a whole grain dijon if you prefer.
Leftover Turkey: if you’ve made my simple spatchcock turkey or citrus herb turkey breast recipes for a holiday meal then you likely have a bit of turkey leftover. You’ll need around three cups of leftover chopped turkey for this recipe.
Veggies: fresh celery and onion help to give this turkey salad the perfect crunch.
Pecans: speaking of crunch, chopped pecans provide a bit of extra texture and flavor.
Dried Cranberries: these help to give the turkey salad just a bit of extra sweetness.
Herbs and Spices: a simple combination of fresh dill, garlic powder, salt, and pepper give the salad the perfect flavor.
Helpful Ingredient Substitutions
Mayonnaise: swap all of the mayo for greek yogurt if you prefer!
Turkey: have leftover roasted chicken instead of turkey? feel free to use that instead.
Veggies: this turkey salad is easy to customize by adding in your favorite veggies. Diced carrot or bell pepper would most be delicious in this salad.
Nuts: you can swap the chopped pecans for walnuts, almonds, or even pumpkin seeds or leave them out altogether.
Dried Fruit: don’t love dried cranberries? use dried cherries or even dried blueberries instead!
How to Make This Turkey Salad Recipe
Step One: First start by making the turkey salad “dressing”. Whisk together the salt, lemon juice, pepper, garlic powder, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, and dijon mustard in a small bowl.
Step Two: Then, to a large mixing bowl, add the leftover turkey, celery, red onion, pecans, cranberries, and chopped dill.
Step Three: Pour the dressing mixture over the turkey salad ingredients. Stir until well combined.
Step Four: Serve immediately or chill until you’re ready to serve.
Ways to Serve
There are so many delicious ways to use and serve this leftover turkey salad. Here are a few of my favorite options:
Make a salad! Serve the turkey salad over a bed of fresh lettuce with tomatoes and cucumbers. I love using a bit of balsamic vinegar as the dressing.
Enjoy with crackers! Keep things simple and serve the turkey salad with your favorite crackers.
Make a lettuce wrap! You can use bibb lettuce leaves or even blanched collard greens to make veggie forward wrap.
Make a sandwich! Use your favorite bread to make a traditional turkey salad sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and all of your favorite fixings.
How to Store
Store the turkey salad in an air-tight storage container for 1-2 days.
Get even more delicious ways to use leftover turkey, here!
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