Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad

Good morning, everyone! I am writing today from the comfort of my couch, sipping on some black coffee, watching some Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta and patiently awaiting lunch-time so I can have my Thanksgiving leftover Turkey Salad. Thanksgiving meal = amazing but leftovers might be the best part – sandwiches and stuffing for days #carbz.

Matt & I got up early yesterday morning for our Turkey Trot race. It was absolutely freezing until the sun came out, the clouds disappeared, and I started actually running. It was a PACKED race! The official start time was 9:00 AM but my pace corral didn’t cross the start until 9:15AM! I was hoping to start right around 9 so Matt and I could finish at the same time (he did the 8K and I did the 5K) but alas, he got to watch me finish 😉 I’m very pleased with my time and pace (finished with an 11:05 pace #progress).

And then it was time to FEAST! I was hoping for some delicious appetizers but we just had some tortilla chips and a veggie tray. Disappointing but I know Lynn was cooking up a storm for the actual dinner so maybe next year I should volunteer the appetizers? It’s the least I can do, right?

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad

With most Thanksgivings, there is always too much food and leftovers for DAYS. You could heat up your leftovers and just eat as is… or you could spice things up a bit! Today, I’m sharing my Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad made with whatever you’ve got leftover. I’ve got dried cranberries so that’s what I’m using but if you have canned or fresh cranberry sauce – use that! Basically, I’m sharing the bones of this recipe and you can jazz it up however you’d like.

My Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad is delicious with crackers, toast, or however else you eat turkey (or chicken or tuna) salad. It’s the perfect way to freshen up your Thanksgiving leftovers and it’s a great way to refuel for in between all of your Black Friday shopping.


Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Cranberry Salad

Yield: 3

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Cranberry Salad


  • 4-5oz Shredded Turkey meat
  • 1-2 stalks celery, rough chop
  • 1 handful walnuts (or pecans), rough chop
  • 1 handful of dried cranberries (canned or fresh okay!)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup mayo (I use Miracle Whip - I'm weird)
  • Salt + Pepper to taste


  1. Chop up everything that needs chopping (celery, nuts)
  2. Throw everything into a bowl
  3. Mix
  4. That's it.
  5. It's that simple.

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