Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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Whip together this super simple Turkey Salad recipe after Thanksgiving to use your turkey leftovers, or any time of year you want a fresh and flavorful dish.

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. ;-)

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

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!

Cranberry vinaigrette is poured over turkey salad on a plate next to a fork.
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Yield: 4 servings

Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Whip together this super simple Turkey Salad recipe after Thanksgiving to use your turkey leftovers, or any time of year you want a fresh and flavorful dish.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients

Salad

  • 6 cups spring mix salad
  • 8 ounces cooked roasted turkey, chopped
  • ½ cup french fried onions
  • cup pecans, regular or candied

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Instructions 

  • To prepare salad, toss spring mix, roasted turkey, french fried onions and pecans together. Drizzle with cranberry vinaigrette and serve immediately.
  • To prepare cranberry vinaigrette: In a large blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth. Store in fridge for up to one week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 serving, Calories: 439kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 23g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 525mg, Potassium: 296mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 707IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg

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  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. ;)

  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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