Turkey salad made from Thanksgiving Day leftovers


By Donna Erickson

Signal Contributing Writer

Hosting the Thanksgiving feast usually means a variety of leftovers tucked away in the refrigerator for building piled-high sandwiches. If you’re ambitious, you might even make soup or a casserole with the good and seasoned food. 

Here’s another tasty option that will please your family: Make a big, savory, crunchy, nutrient-packed turkey main-dish salad, and serve it at a weekend brunch with croissants and fresh fruit on the side. 

If you are like me and contribute dishes to the Thursday feast but don’t host the gathering, no worries about not having turkey leftovers. Just put a fresh turkey breast in the oven on Friday and roast it for this seasonal recipe. I look for a brined turkey breast at my local market in all-natural seasoned flavors like apple cider and fresh herbs. 

When I stir the salad together, I remember that my kids aren’t mayo lovers, so I compromise with half mayo, half Greek yogurt for the dressing. I use dried cranberries without added sugar. If the spirit moves, this recipe is also delicious with a crisp, chopped local apple added just before serving.

Enjoy it topped over mixed greens or spoon it between a halved croissant for a delectable sandwich.

Turkey Salad

  • 4 cups cubed, baked turkey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless red or green grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans, loosely chopped
  • 1/2 crisp apple, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon

In a large bowl, combine turkey, onion, salt and pepper, mayonnaise and yogurt. Add and stir together celery, grapes, cranberries and pecans. Add apple, if you wish, and a few squeezes of lemon juice just before serving. Serves 8.

Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” 

© 2020 Donna Erickson

Distributed by King Features Synd.

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