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Turkey Salad

Take your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers to the next level with the best ever Turkey Salad! With just 5 ingredients, this simple sandwich spread is going make you look forward to the leftovers!

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How to Make the Best Turkey Salad

Why You’ll Love This Easy Turkey Salad Recipe

  • If you have leftover turkey or chicken, this leftover turkey salad is a delicious recipe made with simple ingredients that you probably have on hand.  
  • If your family is reluctant to eat the dark meat turkey, turn it into the best leftover turkey salad and they will never guess that it’s dark meat! 
  • This delicious turkey salad is a five minute recipe that turns out every time and makes a light lunch or tasty snack. 

Turkey Salad Sandwich with lettuce and red onion on wheat bread

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Ingredients for Easy Turkey Salad

Ingredients for turkey salad
  • Cooked Turkey or Chicken
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise (We always use Miracle Whip for this)
  • Celery Salt
  • Granulated Garlic or Garlic Powder, optional

Step By Step Directions for Easy Turkey Salad

  1. Leftover turkey, both white and dark meat goes into the bowl of a food processor
  2. Add sweet pickle relish and mayo or my guys love Miracle Whip.
  3. Add celery salt & black pepper. 
  4. Cover and pulse until turkey is chopped fine and all is combined. 

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These deli food containers are my favorite and so handy for holiday leftovers!
Easy Turkey Salad for leftover Thanksgiving turkey

Do you Have to Use a Food Processor?

A food processor makes the best leftover turkey salad, grinding it into a great texture, similar to tuna salad. If you don’t have a food processor, dice the turkey meat with a knife and combine the ingredients in a large bowl. 

How to make turkey salad sandwiches

How to Serve Turkey Salad

  • Turkey Salad Sandwiches are easy to make with sandwich bread, additional miracle whip or mayo, red onion and lettuce.
  • Turkey salad is also delicious served with your favorite crackers. 
  • Make lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. 

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Turkey can be easily substituted for any chicken recipe. Soups and casseroles are always a favorite for any leftover turkey. 

The Best Turkey Salad made with Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving dinner is epic in our family and we enjoy the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers just as much as we do the actual dinner. We have been rotating between our Easy Smoked Turkey and Cajun Smoked Turkey for our holiday dinners.  If you are just serving a few people, try our Smoked Turkey Breast

Dark Meat Turkey VS White Meat Turkey

We always seem to end up with more dark meat leftover and just a little white meat and this turkey salad is the best way to get the kids to eat it all. It is great to have on hand, keeps well and tastes even better the next day. 

Of course you don’t have to wait for leftover Thanksgiving turkey to make this delicious recipe. We pick up a few turkeys for the freezer so we can cook them any time of year. You can also make this using chicken breast or a rotisserie chicken

If you need a new recipe to use up leftover turkey or chicken, it just doesn’t get any easier than this flavorful Turkey Salad. If you look forward to the Thanksgiving leftovers just as much as we do, you will love this homemade turkey salad for sandwiches. 

Best Ever Turkey Salad Sandwiches

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Yield: 8 servings

Turkey Salad

Turkey Salad Sandwich with lettuce and red onion on wheat bread

Take your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to the next level with this best ever Turkey Salad! With just 5 ingredients, this simple sandwich spread is going make you look forward to the leftovers!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked turkey, white and dark meat
  • 1 cup pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup mayo or Miracle Whip
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Leftover turkey, both white and dark meat goes into the bowl of a food processor. 
  2. Add sweet pickle relish and mayo or my guys love Miracle Whip.
  3. Add celery salt & black pepper. 
  4. Cover and pulse until turkey is chopped fine and all is combined. 
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  6. Makes delicious sandwiches or serve with your favorite crackers!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 584mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 23g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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19 Comments

  1. Sorry, but I think you should look for another
    Recipe for Turkey Salad. I had to add another 1/2
    Cup of mayo. Finally, I added 1$1/2 cups of black grapes
    But still was only passable

      1. I’m glad somebody finally has a recipe that doesn’t include all that other stuff. This is similar to my tuna salad and I love it.

  2. I made this slightly dry. I’m going to make it into patties and dip in almond flour and then fry kind of like salmon patties. With a side of my leftover cranberry sauce, of course. Thanks! This inspired me 🙂

    1. Hi Belinda,
      I bet that will be fantastic! We love salmon patties and I’ve made them with chicken before so I know the turkey will be good too.
      ~ Milisa

      1. Cranberry Orange Relish
        Finely chop 4 cups cranberries and one large orange 1/2 of the peel and all of the pulp in food chopper. Stir in two cups of sugar. Cover; refrigerate at least three hours. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

  3. Reallhy good! Of course everyone likes to put their spin on it,that’sthe beauty of shared recipes. I bet a leftover rottiserie chicken would work good also.

  4. I make a whole turkey for this recipe and I love it it is my favorite turkey sandwich but for my own preference I add chopped green onions and I separate about a half of that for myself and I add diced jalapeño peppers I do add more mayo than that because it taste to dry for me Thank you for the recipe. I like to roll it up in leaf lettuce and eat it that way

      1. Hi Connie,
        I think it’s best made fresh. I will often freeze the chopped up turkey and thaw it in the refrigerator and then make the turkey salad when we are ready to serve it.

        ~ Milisa

  5. Thanks for this recipe. I freeze small bags of leftover turkey and this is perfect when I want a simple turkey salad for crackers or sandwiches. There are times I don’t want my salad loaded with celery, nuts & other things. The cranberry sauce is a great touch!

    1. I’m glad somebody finally has a recipe that doesn’t include all that other stuff. This is similar to my tuna salad and I love it.

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