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Looking for a delicious and healthy way to use up your leftover turkey? This turkey salad sandwich recipe is perfect! Made with Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt instead of mayo, this sandwich is packed with flavor and nutrition. Plus, it’s super easy to make – just mix together the ingredients and put it on some fresh bread. So tasty, you’ll want to make this recipe every time you have leftovers!
If you’re a fan of my chicken salad, you’ll love this turkey version. The yogurt adds a creamy texture, while the cranberries add a nice pop of tart and sweetness. It’s loaded with texture from the celery and onions, with a touch of freshness from the parsley. Serve on your favorite bread or lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. You can even make it into a wrap with some spinach or mixed greens for a fresh twist.
why you’ll love this turkey salad recipe without mayo
- Perfect way to use up leftover Thanksgiving ingredients. I bet that during Thanksgiving, you have plenty of turkey leftovers. And while turkey sandwiches are great, they can get a bit boring. This recipe adds some excitement with the yogurt-mayo swap and dried cranberries. Plus, you’ll probably end up with a few celery stalks leftover, along with parsley and onions!
- Lighter option. Greek yogurt is a great swap for mayo in this recipe. It adds the same creamy texture without the heavy feel. Plus, it’s always handy to have an extra quart or two on hand for other substitutions like buttermilk and sour cream.
- Versatile recipe. You can really add any mix-ins or herbs that you love to this recipe. Try adding some diced apples or grapes for added sweetness, or chopped walnuts for a crunchy texture. The options are endless! Just make sure to keep the ratio of turkey to mix-ins about equal for the best flavor and texture.
- Ready in 10 minutes or less. This recipe is great for a quick lunch or easy dinner option. Just mix all the ingredients together and serve on bread, lettuce wraps, or even over a salad for a lighter option. It’s also perfect for meal prep – just assemble the sandwiches and store in the fridge for grab-and-go meals throughout the week.
Ingredients to make turkey breast salad
- Cooked turkey breast: You can use leftovers or cook up some extra turkey breast specifically for this recipe. If you find you’re running short on breast meat and made a whole turkey, you can also add in some dark meat.
- Yogurt: I use Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt. It is super creamy (without being oily) and is a great way to sneak in probiotics and extra protein. Plus, it has zero artificial flavors, zero artificial sweeteners, and zero preservatives. I love the tangy aspect yogurt adds to this recipe.
- Dried cranberries: Adds a touch of sweetness and a pop of color. You can also use raisins or diced apples for mix-in options.
- Celery & onions: Gives the salad some crunch and texture. I like to use shallots for a more neutral onion flavor, but you can use any you have on hand. Just make sure if they are spicy or more pungent in flavor, use less.
- Seasoning: Dijon mustard, fresh parsley, lemon, salt, and pepper all add a boost of flavor to this turkey salad. But feel free to add any herbs and spices you love!
- For the Sandwich: I like to use soft dinner rolls or skillet yeast rolls, but you can use any bread or even lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. Toss on some lettuce, and you’re all set for a delicious leftover turkey salad sandwich!
How to make turkey salad with cranberries
- Add turkey, celery, and shallot to a large bowl and mix to combine.
- Add Greek yogurt, Dijon, lemon juice, zest and salt, and pepper. Fold until the turkey is evenly coated.
- Fold in cranberries and parsley.
- Once all the ingredients have been incorporated, you’re ready to portion and serve!
Tips for making leftover turkey salad SANDWICHES
- Keep your turkey a little smaller than bite-sized. You want it to be easy to eat and not overwhelming with chunks of turkey. I like to dice my celery, onions, and parsley quite small for the same reason – easier eating and more even distribution throughout the salad.
- Make sure to taste test before serving. Add more seasoning or mix-ins if needed. And feel free to add in any additional mix-ins or herbs you love.
- Use Greek yogurt. When it comes to yogurt, Greek is where it’s at. The Greek yogurt adds richness and creaminess to the turkey salad that you just can’t get from regular yogurt. Plus, it also helps keep the salad from becoming dry.
- Serve cold. Make sure you have your turkey fully cooled before adding it to the yogurt mixture and serving.
popular substitutions & additions
- Use chicken instead. If you don’t have turkey or don’t like it, this recipe works perfectly with chicken breast as well. You can substitute it in exact amounts with no changes.
- Skip the bread. Instead of the bread rolls, you can serve the turkey salad on its own or on a bed of lettuce or mixed greens. It’s so versatile!
- Add some additional goodies. Grapes, diced apples, and raisins are tasty additions. Walnuts or pecans for a little extra crunch and some heart-healthy fats.
how to store turkey breast salad
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. In fact, it’s even better after 24 hours once the ingredients all get a chance to meld together.
how long will turkey salad last in the fridge?
Typically, about 3-5 days. But as always, use your best judgment and if it smells or looks off – throw it out! Better safe than sorry.
can i freeze turkey salad?
I would not recommend it. The yogurt can break down and become watery once thawed. Plus, the texture of the celery and onions may not hold up well in the freezer either. It’s best to make and eat within a few days.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, but just note that it may alter the taste and texture. For example, using regular, plain yogurt or a flavored yogurt will change the taste and texture this recipe has. And using a non-dairy alternative such as coconut milk yogurt may also alter the texture. I recommend sticking with Stonyfield Organic Greek yogurt. If you’re worried you won’t use a whole quart, trust me, once you get used to using yogurt in place of items like oil, and sour cream, you’ll be hard-pressed to keep a quart in the fridge for more than a week.
It’s not something I have personally tried, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work! The tartness of the cranberry sauce may alter the overall taste slightly, so just make sure to start with a little and then add in more as you desire. You may even try it as a spread on the bread itself instead of adding it directly to the turkey salad recipe.
I love roasting a turkey breast that has been dry-brined. It’s really simple to do and yields a juicy, perfectly seasoned turkey breast every time.
This turkey salad sandwich recipe is a great way to use up leftover turkey breast. It’s simple to make and can easily be tailored to your own tastes by adding in different mix-ins or herbs. With the help of Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, your turkey salad will be creamy and delicious. Serve it cold on bread rolls or as a lettuce wrap for a satisfying meal. So if you’re looking for a tasty and easy way to use up those leftovers, give this recipe a try!
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Turkey Salad Sandwich
- 2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1 shallot mined
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped parsley
- 12 dinner rolls for serving
- Lettuce for serving
- Add turkey, celery and shallot to a large bowl and mix to combine. Add greek yogurt, Dijon, lemon juice and zest and salt and pepper. Fold until the turkey is evenly coated.
- Fold in cranberries and parsley and divide into dinner rolls with lettuce.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.