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Leftover Turkey Salad (*updated*)

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Good old-fashioned Turkey Salad, just like your favorite diner used to make. And always the best sandwich you could order. And it’s still one of the best sandwiches around. Plus it’s THE most delicious way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

The best sandwich!

Succulent chunks of turkey breast meat, just enough mayo, crispy celery, fresh green onion, and just enough salt and pepper make this the BEST basic turkey salad you can make at home.

Half a turkey salad sandwich.

Serve this turkey salad on white bread, pilot bread, leftover dinner rolls, grain-filled bread, lettuce cups, or even on a bed of fresh greens for a leftover turkey meal that won’t leave your kitchen a mess. Simple and perfect!

What kind of turkey should I use for this turkey salad Recipe?

Personally, I prefer all white meat for this salad but it’s ALSO your choice. Love dark meat, use it! Love a blend of white and dark, then by all means make that. You can’t go wrong with this because you’re making it how you like it.

What you need:

  • turkey breast meat or dark meat
  • mayonnaise or miracle whip
  • chopped celery
  • green onions
  • kosher salt or sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • bowl
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • medium or large bowl
  • fork or silicone spatula
Turkey salad on Pilot Bread.

Variations for this recipe

Have chicken breast instead? You can use this recipe to make a chicken salad as well using leftover rotisserie chicken or home-roasted chicken. Or use thickly sliced deli meats if that’s what you have.

Add a splash of cranberry sauce to the mix OR add it to the finished sandwich. You can use sliced mild red onion instead of green onions. Or add yellow mustard, dijon mustard, or even hearty whole-grain mustard to the mix if you love mustard.

SO MUCH turkey

I like to make this Air Fryer Turkey Breast when I JUST want leftover white meat. Butterball has HALF a turkey breast, skinless and boneless. Small enough to fit right into the air fryer. But big enough to give you lots of leftovers without the overwhelm of a full turkey dinner.

So you’ve for leftover turkey

It’s the time of year for all the best leftovers and it’s the perfect time to put them to good use! One of our favorite ways to use up turkey, veggies, and gravy is this  Leftover Turkey Pot Pie it’s ONE easy recipe. All the turkey dinner leftovers you want to put in a baking dish, covered over with turkey gravy, and topped with a sheet of puff pastry.

OR make a simple Turkey Dumpling Soup with HOMEMADE dumplings. Easy and tasty and ready in under an hour!

Turkey Dumpling Soup in a bowl with a spoon.

Would you rather have Turkey Noodle Soup? Let’s DO IT! With old-fashioned homemade noodles too!

Turkey noodle soup with homemade noodles.

Thanksgiving Leftovers??

To store leftovers

Store any leftover turkey salad in an airtight container in the fridge. Use within 3 days.

Yield: 2 cups

Turkey Salad

Turkey Salad

Leftover turkey, mayo, crisp celery, and fresh green onions make up this unforgettable turkey salad recipe. This delicious recipe makes the most of thanksgiving leftovers! Serve the salad on bread, or with crackers, or in lettuce cups.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups chopped leftover turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery, more to tatse
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion, more to taste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, more to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 8 slices of bread


  1. mix the turkey, celery, and green onions together in a bowl
  2. stir in the mayonnaise
  3. add salt and pepper as desired
  4. taste and add more mayonnaise, salt, and pepper as desired
  5. divide the salad between 4 slices of bread and top with the remaining bread
  6. or serve with crackers or make lettuce wraps with the salad

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 487Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 85mgSodium 712mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 25g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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