Easy Make Ahead – Mix up the salad and store in the fridge for days for easy lunches.
Leftover Turkey – Use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
Customizable – You can swap in different mix-ins to suit your preferences.
Ingredients For Turkey Salad
This recipe is super customizable! Start with the easy tangy dressing, some leftover cooked turkey (or even chicken), and some crunchy and chewy mix-ins. All of the mix-ins offer incredible chances for texture and contrast.
Dressing:Mayonnaise (for a lighter spin, you can swap in some or all of the mayo for plain greek yogurt), Dijon Mustard, Lemon Juice.
Fresh Herbs, Veggies, Fruit, and Nuts – fresh parsley, celery, green onions, pecans, and dried cranberries.
Salt and Pepper
How To Make Turkey Salad
Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.
Just a quick mix and this easy turkey salad is ready to enjoy!
Mix Mayo Dressing – Start by mixing together the mayo, mustard, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
Add Remaining Ingredients – Fold in the remaining ingredients until well combined. I recommend folding gently so you don’t break up the cooked turkey too much.
Serve – Serve immediately or store in the fridge.
What is turkey salad made of?
It’s made of a tangy mayo-based dressing, cooked turkey, and some mix-ins like celery, nuts, and dried cranberries. Typically you would use diced or shredded leftover turkey, but chicken is similar in taste and texture and can also be used.
Can turkey salad be frozen?
Due to the mayo in the dressing, it is not recommended to freeze this dressing. The salad will lose its great texture and the dressing may become watery when thawed.
There are lots of ways to serve this salad, some of my favorites are:
On toasted bread
In croissant sandwiches with lettuce and tomato
In hollowed-out tomatoes
Spread on apple slices
Lettuce wraps using romaine or butter lettuce
Chicken – Instead of turkey, try making the salad with leftover cooked chicken.
Other Mix-Ins – You can easily customize this salad by swapping in other ingredients such as chopped apples, halved grapes, or other nuts.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freezing is not recommended.
Fold Gently – To avoid breaking up the turkey into tiny pieces, it’s best to fold gently when mixing the salad together.
Great use for leftover turkey – This is a perfect recipe for leftover Thanksgiving turkey or you can cook up some turkey for this recipe like this air fryer turkey breast.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.