Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe

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Wondering what to do with the leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Try our turkey salad recipe featuring tangy Dijon mustard, mayo, and crunchy celery and onions!

Leftover turkey, the only bad thing about Thanksgiving. It’s always a chore trying to figure what to do with the extra meat.

Sure, you can make pot pies or even get creative and use all the leftovers to make turkey sliders.

But let’s face it, after cooking for almost a day and half, do you really feel like standing the in the kitchen for another couple of hours?

I know I don’t, that’s why we make turkey salad sandwiches. Quick, easy, and delicious is how I describe them. So, shall we get started?

The turkey salad served on a flaky croissant with lettuce.

How to make turkey salad:

First, dice and chop the celery and onions. Next, quickly shred the turkey into bite sized pieces.

Then, grab a large mixing bowl and combine the three (3) cups of turkey with celery, white onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and dill.

Turkey, mayo, and other ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.

Typically, we use a rubber spatula or metal spoon to mix all the ingredients together.

After that, scoop the turkey salad onto anything you desire or you can eat it with a spoon.

Last, transfer any leftovers to a resealable container and store them in your fridge for up to three (3) days.

The ingredients have been mixed and the dish is ready to serve.

Kim an I hope you enjoy the recipe and wish you all the best 🙂

Turkey Salad Tips:

  • When it comes to meals like chicken or turkey salad, you can serve them on just about anything. Croissants, Melba toast, and lettuce wraps work well; or you can grab a fork and dig in!
  • What can you add to turkey salad, you ask? Well, try adding diced apples, dried cranberries, or grapes. Also, stone ground mustard and relish is a great flavor combination.
  • What goes well with turkey salad? Personally, I like potato chips but some people might enjoy a fruit salad. Basically, it all comes down to what you like.
The finished sandwich recipe served with lettuce on a croissant.

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A turkey salad sandwich with lettuce on a golden croissant.

Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe

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Author: John
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 3 cups turkey, diced or shredded
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white onions, finely diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • 8 Large croissants
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine the turkey, celery, onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon, and dill. Salt and pepper to taste.
    3 cups turkey
    ½ cup celery
    ¼ cup white onions
    ½ cup mayonnaise
    2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
    ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • Serve on croissants, crackers, or bread. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
    8 Large croissants


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1/2 a cup of the turkey salad served on a croissant without lettuce. Actual calories will vary. 


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 487IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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