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Leftover Turkey Salad

Leftover Turkey Salad
Are you looking to use those Thanksgiving leftovers? Try this light fall salad filled with pumpkin, toasted walnuts and Granny Smith apple slices. The cranberry dressing gives the salad a perky sweet and sour taste, and provides a bit of moisture if the leftover turkey is at all dry.

Use fresh or frozen cranberries; frozen cranberries are just as nutritious and tasty. If sugar is top of mind, the amount of honey can be reduced. Keep in mind that the honey helps cut the bitterness from the cranberries; however, if you like a mouth-puckering dressing, reduce the amount of honey.

This salad can be made ahead of time. Simply keep the dressing apart from the salad, and dress just before serving. This is an excellent lunchtime salad choice, or even a light dinner option. Keep scrolling for a video of this recipe in action!

Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 15 minCook: 45 min

Protein: 25g / %

Carbs: 36g / %

Fat: 34g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 6 cups lettuce leaves of your choice
  • 2 cups leftover roasted turkey, shredded
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts

Roasted pumpkin ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped pumpkin
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

Cranberry dressing ingredients

  • 1 cup cranberries, (thawed, if frozen)
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp. honey (to taste)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt &amp pepper to taste


Fast Prep Cooking: Oven Dairy-free Egg-free Shellfish-free


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the pumpkin, curry powder, salt, pepper and olive oil and mix well.
  3. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven.
  4. Allow to roast for 30-45 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked through and starting to caramelize.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients and blend with either a hand blender, blender or food processor.
  7. To assemble the salad, place the lettuce leaves on a large platter then top with the shredded turkey, roasted pumpkin, sliced apples, walnuts and dressing.
  8. Toss and serve.
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