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Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad

November 16, 2014

Not sure what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? Repurpose them in this Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad! It’s delicious and a healthy alternative for the days after Thanksgiving!

I promise this is the last of the Thanksgiving recipes…I’m also terrible at keeping promises sooooo.

Not sure what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? Repurpose them in this Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad! It's delicious and a healthy alternative for the days after Thanksgiving!Other things I’m terrible at: cold weather.

I suffer from a very real allergy to cold weather. But actually, when I was little I used to break out into hives in the cold – it’s called Cold Uticaria! These days I don’t find myself breaking out into hives but I pretty much hate every second of being outdoors when it’s cold. So much so that I will go to great lengths to avoid it.

This Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad is proof of this. The other day I was starvingggg for lunch but I was somewhat lacking on the grocery front. God forbid I should put on a jacket and a hat and mits and trek to the store. Instead I went out of my way to actually make both mayonnaise and cranberry sauce from scratch.

Not sure what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? Repurpose them in this Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad! It's delicious and a healthy alternative for the days after Thanksgiving!Yes, you read that correctly. This super simple turkey salad that’s supposed to be made from leftovers required more steps than any other lunch I’ve made before. Instead of walking the 3 blocks to the grocery store I chose to to spend a good hour of my life making mayonnaise and cranberry sauce. Point proven.

What’s remarkable about all of this is that I’ve lived the majority of my life in the great white north including 4 years spent in the tundra that is Montreal. IMO winter itself should be considered a natural disaster. It crushes my soul year after year and I spend most of the summer just trying to recover from it.

I am the girl cursing out loud as she walks through the snow or just avoids the snow all-together and is totally fine spending 3 days indoors. I’d take cabin fever over polar vortex any day.

Not sure what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? Repurpose them in this Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad! It's delicious and a healthy alternative for the days after Thanksgiving!For me, Black Friday is the beginning of the end. The days are only getting darker and colder. The only thing getting better is my vitamin D intake.

And now that I’ve sufficiently depressed every single one of you, I’m going to go and find other ways to repurpose the excessive amount of mayonnaise I have in the house. See you in May

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Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad

Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Serves 6-8     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups leftover cooked turkey, shredded*
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped (whites and light green only)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (optional: toasted)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise**
  • 1/3 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • splash lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine turkey, celery, onions and walnuts.
  2. Add in mayonnaise, cranberry sauce, garlic, spices and lemon juice.
  3. Serve on bread or on a salad.
  4. Note: the flavours get even better as it sits so I recommend making this in the morning and letting it sit for a few hours, but if not it's still delish!

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Notes

Feel free to sub in leftover chicken. *Greek yogurt works great too if you don't have or like mayonnaise

Not sure what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? Repurpose them in this Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad! It's delicious and a healthy alternative for the days after Thanksgiving!Do you live in a cold climate? Are you cold averse like I am?

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  • Reply
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    November 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

    YES I LIVE IN A COLD CLIMATE. I’m sorry for yelling, but I was not expecting -30 so soon after I got here. But I guess that’s what you get in Alberta?
    And I love that you made your own mayo. Chef-friend keeps trying to convince me that it’s easy, but I haven’t tried to make my own yet.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      -30?!!?! HOLY COW. How is Atti surviving?! I’m concerned about you too of course 😉

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    November 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Looks perfect! I like making turkey salad just as much if not more than chicken salad. Love the flavors.
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    Irina
    November 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    This recipe is Thanksgiving leftover perfection! It’s my favorite holiday and I absolutely cannot wait for all the glorious food.

    I used to be very very cold averse but am now able to tolerate it much better after consistently running in the cold.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Maybe I just need to face my fear and start running in the cold 😉 hehe

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    Angela
    November 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I know what you mean about the cold up here in the great true north (even though I’m still at the south end, in TO). I found that what helps me is to try to force myself to develop a positive attitude about it – appreciating the small things that come with colder climates and complaining less about it. I found that over time it made me more fond of the winter time and just less cranky about the cold weather overall. Give it a try!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    November 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I hate the cold with the fire of a thousand suns too. The second the cold weather hits, I am just constantly cold until June. Ughhh! The only good thing about winter is Christmas. And speaking of which, this recipe will be great for using up the leftovers!
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    Kim
    November 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I’m right there with you on hating the cold and doing everything possible to avoid being out in the cold and snow. In the winter I truly go into hibernation mode and only get out when I have to!!!
    This sandwich looks really good!
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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    November 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I love that you added cranberry sauce to the mix. I have a feeling my boyfriend will never be the same when I introduce him to this recipe.
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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    November 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving!
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    Margaret@KitchenFrau
    November 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Mmmm. Would never have thought to add garlic to the mix. I bet it really amps up the flavour!

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    Kay @ Kay Bueno
    November 17, 2014 at 1:08 am

    So, while I live in San Francisco which is not cold. I spend my holidays in Chicago, which is so bitterly cold it makes me cry. Both physically from the actual cold, but also emotionally for having to deal with such terrible weather.

    But, this looks so good, and it’s so obvious. But I’ve never made anything but chicken salad. I’m going to have to pull this out in like two weeks. 🙂
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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    November 17, 2014 at 5:58 am

    This looks so tasty and I like the idea of using greek yoghurt!
    I am always torn with where I live – Scotland is beautiful, but it’s so friggin cold!!!! This time of year I just want to be lying on a beach. Then again I know so many people envy the fact that we have a high chance of a white Christmas! 🙂
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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    November 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Okay…I don’t even eat turkey and I’m drooling my face off over here!! PS those black bowls are sexy.

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    November 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hahaha, this post is why I love you. I feel the EXACT SAME WAY about winter. It started snowing Saturday night, and I opened the door to see it and my face fell. Most people are all “the snow is sooo beautiful. I can’t wait for it to snow.” All I can imagine is digging my car out, slipping on black ice, and waiting on the corner for the bus for twice as long. At last San Fran is soon!
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    Karly
    November 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Oh, now I don’t want to wait for Thanksgiving! I’m ready for this salad TODAY!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Go for it!!!! It’s awesome with chicken too 🙂 Had it for lunch!

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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    November 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Yummm! If the cold weather coming means that you’re going to be inside more making recipes from scratch + photographing them in your beautiful way… then I’m cool with it. Also, laughed out loud picturing you walking through the snow cursing. That makes two of us. Except I only lived in cold weather for one year of my life… but I will never forget that bone chilling kill me now feeling. PS… See you next weeeekkk (I certainly hope!!!). Xoxox
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    Cassie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

    You should move to SF because winter doesn’t exist and you can get your groceries delivered. I know, I woke up to a delivery today haha. xoxo
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Check your snapchat. I had to go out in the middle of blizzard to pick up more eggs last night and wore C’s winter coat to protect myself. I cried the whole way…

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    Emma
    November 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hi there, I just recently posted a blog post about different ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers and this recipe was one of them! I was sure to link your post to it, but if you would like me to un-link please let me know! You can find the post here: http://seekingthesouthblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/18-ways-to-use-your-thanksgiving.html

    Have a great day!!
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    Kathleen
    November 28, 2014 at 7:26 am

    That sounds delightful; is the cranberry sauce chunky or smooth?
    I too used to break out in hives from the cold. I live in the north, but not as far north as you, just Southern New England. I also have Raynaud’s……can’t even mix meatloaf with bare hands. So yes…..I AM ALLERGIC TO COLD, too!

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    December 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Holy shmoly it is cold here too. Last year they called it The Polar Vortex (-25 with windchill), this year I think they are just calling it winter. So give me all the comfort food!

    PS: kudos on putting walnuts in your salad! I don’t personally believe it is a proper chicken/turkey salad without, but most people think I am bonkers 🙂
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