Turkey Crunch Salad

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and took time to enjoy some good food, family and football over the holiday! I know I did, and now I have several leftover containers of mashed potatoes, gravy, cucumber salad, stuffing and turkey staring at me every time I open the fridge.

Oh, but don’t you worry. It WILL get eaten. All of it. . . including the turkey. In fact, there are tons of great ways to use leftover turkey - so if you’re looking for some ideas, today I’m sharing a simple recipe for Turkey Crunch Salad. This salad is fantastic for a light lunch as well as elegant enough to serve dinner guests.

I think you can see where this salad gets its name from! Celery, water chestnuts and pecans combine with the cubed turkey to create a delightful crunch in each and every bite. I like using turkey breast when I make this salad. The texture of the turkey breast combined with the crunch of the other ingredients is a truly a winning combination.

The color of the grapes brings the salad to life, and the dressing, boasting hints of curry and ginger, round out the flavor of this tasty dish. I love serving it on top of lettuce leaves. It’s a wonderful presentation and brings a lot of oohs and ahhs when you serve it.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab that leftover turkey, invite some friends over and serve this delicious salad alongside some refreshing drinks and good conversation this weekend. You’ll be glad you did!

Sara is a full-time marketing professional, wife to a self-proclaimed rock star and mom to a sweet little girl and very active little boy. When her husband is on the road and the kids are in bed, it’s “her” time, and she spends it on photography, crafting, cooking, creating and connecting with others. Her blog, Bitz & Giggles, covers little "bitz" of everything, and is meant to inspire ~ bringing the best-of-the-best seasonal ideas, tips, recipes and more right to its readers. Join her for fun, deliciousness and laughs each and every week!



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Sara Zenner
Sara is a full-time marketing professional, wife to a self-proclaimed rock star and mom to a sweet little girl and very active little boy. When her husband is on the road and the kids are in bed, it’s “her” time, and she spends it on photography, crafting, cooking, creating and connecting with others. Her blog, Bitz & Giggles, covers little "bitz" of everything, and is meant to inspire ~ bringing the best-of-the-best seasonal ideas, tips, recipes and more right to its readers. Join her for fun, deliciousness and laughs each and every week!
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  • Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen

    I love chicken salad, and this crunchy turkey salad looks like the perfect way to use up leftover turkey! I like how you served it in a lettuce wrap. Great idea!

    • Sara Zenner

      Thanks, Kristine! You can even cut up the lettuce into smaller pieces and eat it right along with the salad if you prefer. It would give it even MORE crunch!!

  • OrWhateverYouDo1

    Oh Yum!!! That looks incredible. What a unique way to use up that leftover turkey!

    • Sara Zenner

      Thanks so much. I think we’re finally getting to the end of the leftovers!

  • Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    MMM - I love the combo of turkey, grapes, and nuts!

    • Sara Zenner

      Thanks, Sarah - it definitely is a refreshing combo!

  • Melanie Bauer

    Such a great use of leftover turkey - always love a turkey/chicken salad with grapes in it!

    • Sara Zenner

      Thanks, Melanie - and that’s a great point! If you aren’t a fan of turkey, you could always substitute chicken as well!

  • Ginny McMeans

    Love the crunch! Those red grapes are a perfect addition too!

    • Sara Zenner

      Ginny, I love the large, firm seedless red table grapes for this salad. They are delish!

  • Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    Yum yum yum! I love that you’ve added a little curry in the dressing. That’s my favorite way to eat chicken salad! Looks amazing! :)

    • Sara Zenner

      Thank you, Ashlyn!

  • Andi G.

    This is a beautiful salad, Sara. I need to remember to put grapes in salads more often!

    • Sara Zenner

      Thanks, Andi! I don’t always think of it either, but grapes add a nice pop of color to the salad, too!

  • Sammie

    Personally I have always loved red, seedless grapes used in chicken or turkey salad, but recently discovered substituting Craisins in turkey salad for the grapes is an awesome flavor, and I don’t even LIKE cranberries or cranberry sauce usually! Your recipe is awesome as is….but thought I’d toss out the suggestion having just discovered it myself :)