November 27, 2023 6 Comments
This turkey salad recipe is really the entry level of what you can do with all that leftover turkey.
My first big idea with the inevitable after Thanksgiving was a recipe for leftover turkey chili. I love this one because it’s a white chili and everyone is surprised at how good it can be.
This turkey salad recipe is actually a chicken salad recipe because they are very similar.
I always use Dijon mustard in my chicken salad because it gives it creaminess and a touch of flavor to keep it from being mushy. Nonfat Greek yogurt is added to reduce calories without compromising creaminess.
I added celery for crunch and pickles because why not?
My daughter ate this entire salad after telling me she hates turkey. I think adding pickles (one of her favorite foods) was the ingredient that sold her on this salad.
You can add whatever you have in the refrigerator to this salad and it will work: cranberry sauce or dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, fresh parsley (or any herb), sliced grapes, apples… It’s a palette for you. paint on.
If you don’t want to make chili or turkey salad with leftover roast turkey, you can always freeze it for later. I cut off a huge piece and throw it in a freezer bag for an easy meal in December when things get really crazy. Türkiye freezes well.
I make instant stock from the turkey bones (and usually freeze the carcass) when I have time. It is a luxury to have homemade broth to make soup when January arrives.
What do you put in your turkey salad recipe? How do you handle leftovers? Thanks for sharing!
The best turkey salad recipe
Makes 8 cups
2 pounds leftover turkey, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup pickles, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
almonds, raisins, grapes, chopped parsley to cover (optional)
Mix turkey, celery, pickles, mayonnaise, yogurt and mustard in a medium bowl. Add toppings if desired and serve. It’s excellent alone, on a sandwich, or on a bed of lettuce.
Using only turkey breast (1/2 cup) = 82 calories, 2.2 grams fat, 0.4 grams saturated fat, 4 grams carbohydrates, 2.9 grams sugar, 11.2 grams protein, 0.4 grams fiber, 600mg sodium, 2 green, 2 blue, 2 purple WW SmartPts
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