Put those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use! This easy turkey salad recipe is made with cranberries and pecans. Serve it as a sandwich or over lettuce for a simple, healthy meal. Makes about 6 servings.
Why I love this turkey salad recipe
There always seems to be too much turkey at Thanksgiving – even if it’s the best brined turkey you’ve ever made and you planned for the perfect amount per person – the homemade stuffing always wins. So every year, I’m looking for new ways to use the leftovers.
This turkey salad recipe is a different take on my cranberry chicken salad, but instead of pine nuts, I used pecans I had leftover from my mini pecan pies. I think they’re perfect for fall, and, as an added bonus, they’re a bit cheaper than pine nuts.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
How to make leftover turkey salad
Chop your ingredients. Start by chopping your celery, green onion and turkey. If you need to chop your pecans, you can do that too, but I prefer to buy pecan pieces to make my life easier.
Mix the salad. In a large bowl, combine your turkey salad ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly coated with mayo and the seasoning has blended into the sauce.
I like to use a fork to stir mine, because it helps to “shred” the pieces of turkey and gives the salad a nice texture. You can use a spoon or a spatula though.
Make a sandwich (just be sure to look for hidden dairy in your bread) or serve it on a bed of lettuce for a healthier option.
FAQs and tips for making the best turkey salad
Nope. You definitely don’t need to, but toasting them really amps up their flavor and changes they way they taste (for the better), but if you’re feeling lazy or don’t have the time, this recipe will still be great without toasting.
Turkey salad should last for 3 – 4 days in the fridge, depending on the freshness of the ingredients you use.
Yes. You can technically freeze this recipe, but I don’t recommend freezing turkey salad (or any mayo based salads) because of the egg structure in the mayonnaise.
More turkey recipes:
More leftover recipes:
- Baked stuffed pork chops
- Leftover turkey pho
- Leftover Thanksgiving risotto
- Sweet potato scones
- Sweet potato pasta
- Turkey wild rice soup (just needs a few swaps)
- Thanksgiving turkey tacos
Put those Thanksgiving leftovers to good use! This easy turkey salad recipe is made with cranberries and pecans. Serve it as a sandwich or over lettuce for a simple, healthy meal. #dairyfree #leftovers
- 3 – 4 cups chopped cooked turkey
- 1 celery stick, thinly sliced
- 1 – 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces, lightly toasted
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (or 1 – 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons water
- Salt & pepper, to toaste
- Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir with a fork until the ingredients are evenly coated with mayonnaise. Season with salt & pepper, to taste.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Keywords: dairy free, leftovers, gluten free, easy, Thanksgiving, fall, cranberry, pecan
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