Put that second (or third) day bird to good use by making this Leftover Turkey Salad with Dried Cranberries. You’re only a few easy ingredients away from a quick, flavorful snack or meal. This Turkey salad can be eaten in lettuce wraps, on croissants, with crackers, or straight up with a fork. Try it out today!
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- Antipasto Charcuterie Holiday Wreath
- Easy Garlic Herb Thanksgiving Turkey
- No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Shooters
I am a certified chicken salad lover. I like it homemade, store-bought, on a plane, on a train…you get it. I simply find it so delicious and quite frankly, irresistible. This is especially true when my dad makes it. Any time he’d grill chicken, you could bet your bottom dollar that chicken salad would follow. And we would be ready & waiting.
This isn’t his version though. In fact, this isn’t chicken salad at all, although it was inspired by my unwavering love for it. This is my leftover turkey salad with dried cranberries, and it is SO good. I like to take advantage of leftover turkey from holiday celebrations, and this is the perfect way to do so. Oh, and if you need a turkey recipe, I’ve got you covered! Try my Easy Garlic Herb Thanksgiving Turkey. Making a holiday bird seems to intimidate some folks, so I’ve tried to break it down into easy-to-understand steps.
Back to the turkey salad though, let’s get into some details.
What Ingredients Do I Need to Make this Turkey Salad?
- Turkey – leftover chopped turkey breast. You can swap the turkey out for chicken.
- Dried Cranberries – I like to make my own or use a packaged “reduce sugar” selection
- Celery – Thinly sliced celery
- Slivered Almonds – you can also opt for walnuts
- Red Onion
- Salt – I prefer kosher salt
- Garlic Powder – you probably already have this in your spice cabinet. If you’ve ever wondered how to make homemade garlic powder, let me help you.
- Black Pepper
- Lemon Juice
If you choose not to eat mayonnaise, the most common substitutes I’ve come across for salads such as these are greek yogurt and sour cream. These are similar in texture and creaminess, however you may have to adjust seasoning to account for difference in taste.
Do I Have to Use Dried Cranberries?
To me, the dried cranberries add the perfect hint of sweetness and compliment the turkey. You may use grapes, raisins, or apples if you choose not to use the dried cranberries.
Is this Turkey Salad Keto-Friendly?
This salad contains about 12 net carbs per serving, making it low-carb, but not specifically keto-friendly.
How to Make Leftover Turkey Salad with Dried Cranberries
The process here is simple. Simply add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl, and toss with spoon until well-combined.
- On a Sandwich/Croissant
- In Lettuce Wraps/Traditional Wraps
- Over a Bed of Greens
- Straight Up with a Fork
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Put that second (or third) day bird to good use by making this Leftover Turkey Salad with Dried Cranberries. You're only a few easy ingredients away from a quick, flavorful snack or meal. This Turkey salad can be eaten in lettuce wraps, over a bed of greens, on croissants, with crackers, or straight up with a fork. Try it out today!
- 2 cups Chopped Turkey Breast
- 1/2 cup Reduced Sugar Dried Cranberries
- 1 cup Thinly Sliced Celery
- 3 tablespoons Slivered Almonds
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- Chopped Red Onion, to taste
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl, and toss with spoon until well-combined.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 374mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 15g