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Turkey salad with cranberries is a quick and delicious way to breathe new life into leftover turkey from your holiday meal.

Turkey Salad with Cranberries

After cooking a turkey I always look forward to making turkey salad for sandwiches. One of the best parts of cooking a big holiday meal is the leftovers. After all of the work of hosting and cooking, I love to be able to take a break with some quick and easy recipes using leftovers. Turkey salad is one of my favorites ways to use up leftover turkey this time of year. Served with a side of potato chips it makes the perfect lunch.

Instead of the more traditional turkey salad using just turkey and mayonnaise, I like to add a few more ingredients to mine to create this delicious recipe for a lighter, tastier turkey salad. My secret ingredient is the addition of greek yogurt, which I use as the base of the dressing along with lemon juice to help lighten up the recipe by cutting down on the amount of mayonnaise. The cranberries add a hint of sweetness while the celery provides a satisfying crunch.

I love this turkey salad recipe because it is very versatile and customizable. The cranberries can be substituted for grapes, and you can add fresh herbs such as fresh dill. Try adding in different flavor profiles for the dressing, such as sour cream, apple cider vinegar, or dijon mustard. The possibilities are endless!

Looking for turkey recipes? Here is how to air fry a whole turkey as well as how to air fry a turkey tenderloin.

Need more ideas for leftover turkey?

Turkey Salad Ingredients

Turkey Salad Ingredients

  • Shredded Turkey  – leftovers work great here, and you can always substitute chicken breast for a cranberry chicken salad (rotisserie chicken works great in this recipe too!)
  • Mayonnaise – turkey salad isn’t turkey salad without the mayo!
  • Plain Greek Yogurt – this lightens it up and makes it a healthier option than full mayonnaise.
  • Scallions – also known as green onions, but you can use red onion too.
  • Celery – this adds texture and a satisfying crunch.
  • Dried Cranberries – this adds a sweet tang to the mixture.
  • Lemon Juice – I always prefer fresh, but bottled lemon will also work.
Turkey Salad

How to make turkey salad with cranberries

Place your shredded turkey into a large bowl and add your scallions, celery and cranberries. In a separate smaller bowl whisk together the following ingredients – 1/4 cup mayonnaise, greek yogurt, kosher salt, black pepper and lemon juice until combined then pour over the shredded turkey mixture. Lightly toss to combine and serve between two slices of bread or on a crisp lettuce leaf.

Yield: 3

Turkey Salad With Cranberries

Turkey Salad with Cranberries

Turkey salad with cranberries is a quick and delicious way to breathe new life into leftover turkey from your holiday meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3 Cups Shredded Turkey
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Scallions Chopped
  • 1 Celery Stock Chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced


  1. Add shredded turkey into a larger bowl
  2. Add scallions, celery and cranberries
  3. In a smaller bow add mayonnaise, greek yogurt, salt, pepper and lemon juice
  4. Whisk together and pour over turkey combination
  5. Lightly toss all together until fully combines
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 584mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 41g

Nutrition values are estimates only.

Turkey Salad Sandwich

How to store turkey salad

The best way to store leftover turkey salad is an in airtight container and to eat it with in the next day or two.

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About Michelle Beaton

Welcome to Weekend Craft. Life is busy so I am all about getting projects done on the weekend, whether it be crafts, DIY, home decor, or crafting with your Cricut.

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