This Turkey Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts is the perfect thing to make with your leftovers from Thanksgiving, or anytime during the year as you can easily substitute chicken for the turkey. It has that awesome Thanksgiving flavor but it’s lighter and since it’s served cold, it’s a nice break from the usual gravy-laden leftover fare.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have an entire gallon sized container packed FULL of leftover turkey meat. Using two cups of turkey to make this salad barely even made a dent in it. Since I’m now 8 months pregnant and down to the final countdown, I have grand plans to stock my freezer with turkey pot pies this week so we’re all set after baby comes.
This turkey salad has dried cranberries, but if you have leftover fresh cranberries (which are less sweet and more tart) those can also be used. The cranberries add a bit of a sweet and tart kick to the salad, and the walnuts and celery add a great crunch. The parsley adds speckles of green (which makes it super festive and pretty paired with the red cranberries). It’s the PERFECT turkey salad!
If you are lucky like me, you’ll get to put this on homemade rosemary bread (courtesy of my brother-in-law). My goodness, these sandwiches were good!
The best part about this recipe? It makes about four sandwiches, so it’s the perfect thing to take to work this week and reminisce about your wonderful holiday break. Or, have it on crackers, or even on a bed of greens (I loved doing this as a low-carb option when I was eating mostly Paleo in the beginning of this year).
If you’re looking for a good, easy turkey recipe, try this juicy slow cooker boneless turkey breast or this instant pot turkey breast with lemon and thyme.
Recipe for Turkey Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts below!
Turkey Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts
- 2 cups turkey meat chopped (chicken can also be used)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or chopped fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
- 1 rib celery finely diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- kosher salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Serve on crackers, on a sandwich, or on a bed of greens.
- This turkey salad can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.
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