Best Turkey Leftover Salad Sandwich Recipe – Use precooked turkey to make a deliciously creamy salad with crunchy celery and sweet grapes. Perfect for hearty sandwiches, wraps, or to load onto fresh greens!

White bowl loaded up with turkey salad. Main shot of leftover turkey recipe post.

Why We Love This Turkey Recipe

Classic mayo-based salads are always a big hit for lunches, potlucks, and make-ahead meal plans. Recipes like Epic Tuna Salad, Crab Salad (Seafood Salad), Greek Chicken Salad, Southern Chicken Berry Salad, and Southern Chicken Salad are quick and easy to whip up with simple components and often include using leftover ingredients… Great taste and less waste. What’s not to love?

One of the best ways to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers is to make this deliciously creamy, crunchy, perky Turkey Salad! It’s a fantastic recipe for turkey salad sandwiches, or to just dollop on top of a fresh green salad.

Best of all, you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to make this no-cook dish. Any time of year you decide to cook a smaller turkey or roast a turkey breast, you can make fabulous turkey salad on demand.

Bowl of prepare salad. Recipe made with leftover turkey.

Ingredients You Need

  • Turkey meat – cooked and shredded
  • Mayonnaise – can use low-fat if you like
  • Celery – diced
  • Grapes – halved, or small whole grapes
  • Scallions – chopped, or diced red onion
  • Dijon mustard – adds a tangy taste to balance the sweetness
  • Honey – or agave
  • Fresh dill – chopped, or dried dill
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
Large sandwich on a white plate.

How to Make Turkey Salad

Set out a large bowl. Shred the cooked (and cooled) turkey meat and place it in the bowl.

Shredded leftover turkey in a white bowl.

Add in the mayonnaise, diced celery, scallions, Dijon mustard, honey, and dill.

White bowl with shredded poultry, mayo, celery, and fresh dill.

Then add grapes and any other add-ins for flavor. (Keep reading for some tasty suggestions!)

Adding halved grapes to the bowl.

Stir well to mix the dressing and fully coat the turkey pieces in the dressing. Then taste and salt and pepper as needed.

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All ingredients combined in white bowl.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This turkey salad can be made up to 5 days in advance.

Bowl of turkey salad.

Optional Add-Ins

  • Sliced almonds or chopped pecans – great for extra crunch
  • Dried cherries – dried cranberries, or other dried chopped fruit
  • Pickle relish – or chopped sweet pickles
  • Diced apples – in place of or in addition to grapes

Serving Suggestions

I love to use this recipe to make big, two-hands needed turkey salad sandwiches. There is enough goodness going on here to simply load up a generous helping between two pieces of bread or onto a croissant. Or fancy it up and include fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, sprouts, or other sammie toppings you like best.

For this turkey salad sandwich recipe, you can use Soft Whole Wheat Bread, Low Carb Cloud Bread, or Cottage Cheese Bread!

You can make healthy turkey wraps with your choice of tortilla; we usually like healthy(ish) whole wheat or spinach tortillas. Or make some homemade tortillas! The creamy salad is also delish to enjoy with a serving of crackers as a light lunch or satisfying snack.

Keep things low carb with lettuce wraps, or just add a spoonful on top of fresh greens for a turkey salad – well, salad!

The salad is great for lunch prepping! Distribute portions among snack box containers and include crackers, fresh veggies, or other dippers.

Bowl of turkey salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey?

There are SO many great uses for cooked turkey! This salad is one of our favorite leftover turkey recipes. Also definitely try Turkey Chili, Turkey Chile Relleno Pasta, Skillet Turkey Pot Pie, and Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers.

How do you make turkey salad without mayonnaise?

Feel free to swap mayo with whole-fat or low-fat plain Greek yogurt. This will give the salad a slightly tangier taste, so you might want to add a bit more honey to taste.

Is turkey salad gluten-free?

Yes, this is one of the best GF-friendly leftover turkey recipes!

How long does turkey salad last in the fridge?

Use leftover turkey cooked within a day or so of making this recipe. Store the salad in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Best Turkey Salad Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Use precooked turkey to make a deliciously creamy salad with crunchy celery and sweet grapes. Perfect for hearty sandwiches, wraps, or to load onto fresh greens!
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked shredded turkey meat
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup diced celery
  • ¾ cup grapes halved (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions or diced onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill or 1 tsp dried dill
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Set out a large mixing bowl. Shred the cooked turkey meat and place it in the bowl. Add in the mayonnaise, diced celery, grapes, scallions, Dijon mustard, honey, and dill.
  • Toss well to mix the dressing and fully coat the turkey pieces in the dressing. Then taste and salt and pepper as needed.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Notes

This is a great make-ahead for easy lunches.
Use leftover turkey cooked within a day or so of making this recipe. Store the salad in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 162kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 170mg, Potassium: 157mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 82IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American, Holiday
Author: Sommer Collier
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