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Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad

 

 

Turn your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a new Fall favorite salad by adding sweet cranberries and savory pecans. Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad - Turn your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a new Fall favorite salad by adding sweet cranberries and savory pecans.

I know. It’s technically not even Halloween and here I am sharing a leftover turkey recipe. Well, you have to start thinking about these things sooner or later so why not start now? Being a food blogger means that my family and I generally eat the recipes I create 2-3 weeks before I share them here on the blog for all of you. It’s just the way it goes so that I gives me time to edit the photos and write the post. So when I recently made a new roasted turkey to share next month for Thanksgiving, I had a lot of leftover turkey and made this Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad.

Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad

I generally don’t like to eat leftover meat as it was served the first time. Instead I almost always repurpose it into something else. Turkey (and chicken for that matter…both can be used in recipes interchangeably) is one of those meats that is so versatile you can make other recipes from it.

Here are just a few that I’ve made over the years:

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Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad

This recipe for Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad is delicious, simple to make and contains just a few ingredients: cooked turkey, chopped pecans, dried cranberries, celery and mayonnaise. Mix all of the ingredients together and you have another meal. I personally like to just eat this turkey salad all on it’s own with a few crackers, but you can place on top of your favorite bread or rolls. Since Thanksgiving is on a Thursday, that leaves plenty of time to pick on the leftovers over the long weekend. ~Enjoy!

5 from 3 votes
Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad
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Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Turn your leftover turkey into a new Fall favorite salad by adding sweet cranberries and savory pecans.
Course: Salad
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 c . Cooked Turkey Breast, diced
  • 1/4 c . Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 c . Chopped Celery
  • 1/4 c . Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 c . Mayonnaise, I use Hellmann's
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad - Turn your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into a new Fall favorite sandwich by adding sweet cranberries and savory pecans.

 


32 Comments

  1. Laura
    November 2, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    looks delicious

  2. alicia szemon
    November 2, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply


    This looks very good! totally going to make this for lunch

  3. Wendi
    November 2, 2015 at 4:51 pm - Reply


    Hi Carrie,

    I just found you over on Pintrest and followed over here – that Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad looks AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing. I don’t like to eat left-over meat the way it is either – totally sympathizing with you there. You give some other great ideas for left over turkey too! It is the season!

  4. Sara Zielinski
    November 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I love turkey salad.

  5. Kara Marks
    November 2, 2015 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    This recipe looks wonderful–it’s just my style. ty!

  6. Deborah D
    November 3, 2015 at 3:56 am - Reply

    This looks so yummy, I am definitely making this!

  7. Shannon
    November 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    This sounds really delicious, I know Chris would love it and thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome Shannon and thanks so much for stopping by. I love how quick and easy it is to make; especially if you have leftover turkey or chicken. Enjoy!

  8. Catherine
    November 4, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Dear Carrie, This is a perfect recipe to have on hand for all those thanksgiving leftovers. xo, Catherine

  9. Molli vandehey
    November 4, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    this looks so delicious, i love cranberrie and need new ideas for them

  10. Lizzie
    November 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Hi:

    I’m having a ladies luncheon about a week prior to Thanksgiving so want to make this with chicken … how bad can THAT be …? and also dial back the mayo by about half, subbing greek yogurt instead. Hope you don’t mind me amending the recipe! Lizzie

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 4, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Lizzie, I bet it would taste great with chicken too. Of course I don’t mind you tweaking the recipe! That’s the fun of experimenting and trying new recipes. The best part is to get the basic idea; then make it your own with your own unique twists. Let me know how you and the ladies like it!

  11. Patty Soriano
    November 7, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    I’m saving this one….it’s a keeper ! Thanks for sharing !

  12. Kecia
    November 11, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply


    I’ve never had a turkey salad before, but I love chicken salad sandwiches. Looks like a delicious way to use leftover turkey after Thanksgiving!

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  14. Lizzie
    November 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    My ladies lunch, mentioned a few weeks ago, was moved forward and that salad (made with chicken) was absolutely delicious in its simplicity. The dried cranberries I got were pretty firm, so I soaked them for a few minutes in some warmed sweet vermouth — scarcely enough for any impact but they softened up beautifully.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Great idea Lizzie and I’m so glad you and your friends enjoyed the salad. Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know.

  15. Richard Hicks
    November 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Will have to keep this in mind. Seems like we always have leftovers

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