Turkey Salad

The BEST Turkey Salad to make with your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! Sweet and nutty, creamy and crunchy – stuff it in a sandwich or add a scoop to your salad. That is if you can’t stop eating it right from the bowl!

turkey salad on a bun with toothpick

Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe

We know, we know, what to do with leftover turkey is always the top question after Thanksgiving. Well we’re here to tell you that this Turkey Salad is a top notch choice.

This turkey salad recipe has everything you want. Creamy, crunchy, nutty, sweet, every flavor combo and texture combo combined into one bowl. Stuff it into pita bread or pile on a roll, add a scoop to your salad or just eat it as it, right from the bowl.

Ingredients For Turkey Salad Recipe

Of course, we’re starting with your delicious, leftover turkey that you probably have quite a bit of. For this recipe you’re going to need about 3 heaping cups of chopped or shredded turkey. Little more, little less won’t matter that much.

To the bowl with the turkey we’re going to add:

  • Slivered Almonds
  • Red Onion
  • Craisins
  • Fresh Parsley

All of these ingredients add flavor and texture to this turkey salad, so try to use them all. If you’re opposed to and ingredient or two, no worries but try to substitute it with something else that’s comparable in flavor or texture.

turkey salad in a bowl with spoon

Substitutions Or Add-Ins For Ingredients

There’s lots of ingredients that you can swap out or add into this turkey salad recipe. We think this recipe is pretty perfect as is, but of course, everyone has their own preferences.

Keep in mind that if you are adding extra ingredients to this salad that you may need to increase the amount of dressing that’s in the recipe.

Add In Or Swap Out:

  • Celery
  • Yellow/Sweet Onion
  • Scallions
  • Fresh Dill
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Walnuts/Pecans
  • And of course, chicken instead of turkey!
Turkey salad sliders on platter

How Long Is Turkey Salad Good For?

A very good question, might I add. Leftover turkey is good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator, so this turkey salad is only good for that length of time.

For instance, of your turkey is on day 3 when you make this recipe, then you’re going to need to finish it up that day or the next day.

Turning leftover turkey into this creamy, delicious salad doesn’t extend the shelf life of the turkey meat.

After we make a big turkey dinner, we like to portion out enough turkey for each leftover turkey recipe that we know we’re going to make.

Then we freeze it that night, or the next day, and it’s fresh for when we make our leftover recipes.

turkey salad sliders on platter

How Do You Serve Turkey Salad?

Our favorite way is to pile the salad onto fluffy, soft slider buns like we’ve shown you here. But there are many other ways to serve this salad, too.

Make your favorite salad recipe and add a scoop of this turkey salad to the middle.

Or you can serve this salad in lettuce wraps, pita bread, regular sliced sandwich bread or just add to crackers for a light meal.

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Turkey Salad

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

The most flavorful Turkey Salad you’ve ever made! Grab your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and this salad is ready in just 5 minutes!



  • 3 cups cooked turkey, diced or shredded
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste


  1. Add the turkey, almonds, onion, parsley and craisins to a large bowl.
  2. Make the dressing by adding the mayonnaise, mustard, milk, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to a small bowl and whisking together until smooth.
  3. Pour the dressing into the bowl with the turkey and fold the ingredients together to combine. Enjoy right away or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors blend together. Stir again before serving.

Recipe Notes

Store: Store turkey salad in an air tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. However, this will depend on how long you’ve had your leftover turkey, see the post for more details.

This recipe makes (8) 1/2 cup servings of turkey salad.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, turkey salad, leftover turkey salad, leftover turkey recipes, turkey recipes, easy recipes

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