Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette on a white plate with a fork
Cranberry vinaigrette is poured over turkey salad on a plate next to a fork.

I’m gonna let y’all in on a well known secret, I look forward to Thanksgiving ALL year.

It’s by far my favorite meal. Honestly, I look forward to the leftovers almost just as much as I do the main meal.

My Mother is just as bad — she always buys a 25+ pound turkey even though we are a family of 5.

That works out to 5 pounds of bird per person…ya, you could say we are a leftovers kind of family. πŸ˜‰

Cranberry vinaigrette is poured over turkey salad on a plate next to a fork.

Last year I made these leftover turkey sliders with brie, arugula and cranberry chutney.

They were THE BOMB, seriously. But some of you told me after such a big meal, y’all liked something a little lighter.

I get it, you just stuffed yourself the day before and need something that will help you fit back into your pants again.

There are only so many days you can wear yoga pants in a row.

Cranberry vinaigrette is poured over turkey salad on a plate next to a fork.

This salad is really fast and easy to throw together.

I call it Thanksgiving Leftover Salad, because I use leftover cranberries, pecans, french fried onions and turkey!

I discovered this cranberry vinaigrette recipe by accident and it became an instant favorite.

You could also use leftover cranberry jelly from Thanksgiving (if you do that – only add half the sugar) in the vinaigrette instead of fresh cranberries.

Yay for using up multiple leftovers in one delicious salad!

Head on over to Dixie Crystals to check out the recipe for this Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette!

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10 Responses
  1. Sunny

    I buy a twenty pound turkey and use the left overs to creat free able meals for the two people who love in my house. Enchiladas, tetrazzini. And sandwiches along with soup are a few things that will feed us through the long cold winter.

  2. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Wow, that is a big turkey! But at least you have plenty of leftovers to make this delicious salad. I love the cranberry vinaigrette, it looks so colorful and fresh!

  3. Julie

    The place we ordered our turkey from ended up with bigger birds than expected… so we will have a 20-22 pound turkey. For three people. I’ll let you do the math on that one. πŸ˜‰

  4. Tieghan

    We always buy a 25+ bird, but we are a family of 9 + all the extra stray we take in! LOL!
    Most of our turkey always get eaten, but I have to save some for this salad. It is gorgeous!

  5. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I love that your mom buys such a huge bird. Leftovers are the best anyway. And this salad – definitely going to need this after the holidays!

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