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Lighten Up Those Holiday Leftovers With This Smoked Turkey Salad

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Here’s my favorite way to use leftover Thanksgiving smoked turkey—leftover smoked turkey salad. I share it as a recipe, but you can riff on the ingredients. Don’t like blue cheese? Skip it. Hardboiled eggs make a nice addition. Why not smoke the nuts while you’re at it?

Leftover Smoked Turkey Salad Recipe

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This salad is perfect for a light supper or even as a BBQ side dish.

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Servings: 4 servings


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes



  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 4 cups lettuce
  • 2 cups cabbage, red or green
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup smoked turkey meat
  • 1 ½ cups crumbled blue cheese
  • cup slivered cashews, almonds, or chopped walnuts
Optional. 4 hardboiled eggs, sliced with a slicer or chopped coarsely.
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  • Make the dressing. Whisk all the ingredients together in a saucepan and warm over a low heat until the cranberries plump, about 5 minutes. Cool in the fridge.
  • Make the salad. Toast the nuts in a dry frying pan over a medium heat until they are aromatic and start to darken. Do not let them burn; they can burn quickly if you walk away. Shred the lettuce and the cabbage, and core the apple, then cut it into bite-sized cubes.
  • Serve. Toss the dressing with everything except the hardboiled eggs then divide the salad among four bowls. Top with the eggs and serve.

Nutrition per Serving

Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 814IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 2mg

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Published On: 4/7/2013 Last Modified: 6/16/2024

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