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posted: 11/22/22

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My Turkey Salad recipe is a delicious and easy way to enjoy your leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Thrown together with just a few other ingredients, it is full of great flavor and makes the perfect lunch.

a turkey salad sandwich on a cutting board

It is the day after Thanksgiving and your family didn’t quite finish off that 30 pound bird that you made (the best way possible – with a brine). You just can’t bring yourself to eat the same Thanksgiving meal again, and you need something inventive and delicious.

Meet your new bestie: The Turkey Salad Recipe. It is just like my Chicken Salad, but I’ve swapped the grapes for dried cranberries. It is delicious, easy to make, and is sure to be a hit with that crew that slept in your guest room last night.

Reader Review

I made this recipe and it was great. Thanks for a delicious turkey salad recipe.

overhead of cooked turkey, dried cranberries, red onion, and celery in a bowl

How to Make Turkey Salad

  1. Cut up the left over turkey. Typically when turkey is cut and served it is in large slices. For this recipe we want small pieces. It is nice when all the ingredients (celery, cranberries, and turkey) are relatively the same size.
  2. Mix together the main ingredients. In a large bowl combine the leftover turkey, dried cranberries, celery, and red onion.
  3. Make the dressing. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Taste, and adjust the seasonings. Add the dressing to the main ingredients and stir until combined.
overhead of turkey salad mixed together in a bowl

The Best Turkey Recipes

In order to make this great salad, you need some great turkey first. Turkey is easy to cook . . . badly. It can dry out and only be redeemed with some gravy.

But rest assured, I have you covered. We have three great turkey recipes. All will leave you with an amazingly moist turkey that you will actually want the leftovers of. Gravy or no gravy, these will become your go to recipes for moist turkey.

Roast Turkey

This Roast Turkey recipe is the best! With my detailed video and step by step instructions you will know how to brine a turkey like a pro.
a thanksgiving turkey on a platter with greens, orange wedges, and cranberries

Using Frozen Turkey

If you have followed my instructions for freezing leftover turkey, this is the perfect recipe to use it in! Simply allow the turkey to thaw in your refrigerator overnight. Because it is cut up, it probably won’t even take more than an hour or two.

Freezing Leftover Turkey

Freezing leftover turkey is a great way to save it for fast easy dinners in the future. Follow these simple steps to keep your leftover turkey for months to come.

Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise

Whenever I share my chicken salad recipe (or egg salad), I usually get at least one person who mentions that Miracle Whip will make a much better recipe than with the mayonnaise.

My thoughts on this are that this is only true if you like Miracle Whip. Miracle Whip can absolutely replace the mayonnaise in this recipe. But if you aren’t used to making things with Miracle Whip, I would taste it first. The taste is very different than mayonnaise. You might also like 1/4 cup of each in this.

Eating Turkey Salad

This is a great recipe to eat with just a fork! But you, of course can make a turkey salad sandwich too. My preference for salads like this is always croissants. But this would be delicious on leftover dinner rolls too.

If you ate too much homemade stuffing on Thanksgiving (like me!), lighten this recipe up by using lettuce cups to eat it!

Storing

This amazing salad can be stored in your refrigerator for 3 days, provided that you are using the turkey you just made 2 days ago. In other words, you want to eat this salad within five days of when the turkey was originally cooked.

If you are making this with turkey that was previously frozen, use caution, and eat this within 24 hours of making it. Cutting the recipe in half is a great idea. As with all recipes, use your best discretion when it comes to leftovers.

overhead of small bowl of turkey salad

Other Great Leftover Turkey Recipes

We have a whole section on leftover turkey recipes, but let me highlight some of my very favorites:

If you make this Turkey Salad, or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

a turkey salad sandwich on a cutting board
5 from 5 votes

Turkey Salad Sandwich

Serves: 8 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Turkey Salad is a delicious and easy way to enjoy your leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Thrown together with just a few other ingredients, it is full of great flavor and makes the perfect lunch.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 small red onion diced small
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the cooked turkey, craisins, red onion, and celery.
  • In a small bowl whisk togethr the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste being careful to start out with just a little.
  • Stir the dressing into the main ingredients.
  • Serve right away or store in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days. Please note that if this salad sits out for more than 2 hours, the leftovers should be thrown away.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
a turkey salad sandwich on a cutting board

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  1. Susan says

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and it was great. I did put my own spin on it and in addition to the cranberries, I added 1/2 cup of apple and 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Thanks for a delicious turkey salad recipe.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  2. Bonnie says

    5 stars
    I have made this sandwich, I add chopped pecans, and leave out the garlic powder and onion powder , think I will use the salt and pepper though, Thanks for posting this recipe, I couldn’t find mine and this one is really close to what I used.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Shelly MacDonald says

    5 stars
    This is delicious! I also added some apple, pecans and a spoonful of apricot preserves for tang. Served on lettuce leaves. Yum!

  4. Steve says

    5 stars
    Wife and I ordered a dry smoked turkey this year that is normally delicious from a local bbq place. However, for some reason it was really dry and wife couldn’t stand eating leftovers. Luckily your wonderful recipe saved us from throwing away and wasting our $. We are now enjoying the turkey salad leftover.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that this recipe came in handy! Thank you for taking the time to come back and tell me, Steve!

  5. Ann Wallace-Thompson says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. The dressing is delicious! I was skeptical, but WOW. 😋

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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