Turn yesterday’s turkey into today’s star-studded feast with this quick and easy recipe for The Best Leftover Turkey Salad loaded with fresh veggies and herbs.

A white plate with leftover turkey sliders on pretzel buns

If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re staring down a mountain of leftover turkey (or perhaps even chicken!). And whether it’s the result of your Thanksgiving feast, or just the remnants from an ordinary dinner, the bottom line here is you’ve got leftover turkey and you need to put that poultry to work.

Have I ever got you covered! Grab your knife and get ready for The Best Leftover Turkey Salad to ever cross your lips.

A clear bowl containing chopped up ingredients for Leftover Turkey Salad

When I was a culinary intern at Food Network, it was my job to prepare the staff meal each day, and one of my favorite ways to make the most of all of the insanely delicious leftover odds and ends from Food Network Kitchens was to make any variety of chicken or turkey salad. So let’s just say that over the course of several months, I got my turkey salad recipe nailed down.

A clear bowl containing Leftover Turkey Salad and an orange spatula

What separates this from all other leftover turkey salad recipes? Two simple tricks and tips:

  • The Mayo to Mustard Ratio: I’m a mayo enthusiast, but when it comes to chicken or turkey salad, I like to go light. Too much mayo can yield a very thick and heavy salad, while just the right balance of mayo and Dijon mustard produces a medley of flavors that don’t overpower the refreshing crispness of the veggies and herbs.
  • My Not-So-Secret Ingredient: Are you ready for this one? We all know I’m a big fan of secret ingredients in my chocolate chip cookies, smoothies and mashed potatoes, and this time, I’m upping the flavor profile with … sugar! It sounds strange in a savory turkey salad, but one taste and I guarantee you’ll never go without it.

So grab that surplus poultry and get your preferred carb (or crisp lettuce leaf) of choice ready for The Best Leftover Turkey Salad piled high with lettuce and tomato to complete your Turkey-on-Day-2 feast. (And don’t forget to check out the endless other ways of putting those leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie dough scraps to work!)

A white plate with Leftover Turkey Sliders on pretzel buns with lettuce and tomato

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The Best Leftover Turkey Salad

Turn your Thanksgiving extras into a quick and easy recipe for The Best Leftover Turkey Salad that's loaded with fresh veggies.
4.97 from 188 votes
A white plate with leftover turkey sliders on pretzel buns
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups chopped leftover turkey
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (See Kelly's Notes)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine the chopped turkey, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, celery, scallions and dill, stirring until well combined. 
  • Taste and season the turkey salad with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. 

Kelly's Notes:

  • I prefer less mayo in my turkey salad, but you can easily add more based on your taste preferences. For an extra-creamy turkey salad, increase the mayo to 2/3 cup.
  • I always think turkey salad tastes best after refrigerating, so this leftovers-inspired recipe tastes just as great on day 2 and onward! 
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Calories: 229kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 219mg, Potassium: 181mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Unbelievably good! Thank you so much for this recipe. I put the turkey in my food processor which yielded a restaurant-worthy result!

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I love the proportions of the ingredients – perfect amounts of tang, creaminess, and crunch. I was out of lemons and dill, so I used some pickle juice from the dill pickle jar, I think it worked in a pinch. It’s delicious! Thank you for this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I used this recipe for the first time last month and my family and I truly enjoyed!!! I used apples instead of sugar. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Sincerely,

    Cindy

  4. 5 stars
    Perfect hit! Was alittle worried, not a fan of Dijon mustard, but followed the recipe and it was soo good. Thanks!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I add apples instead of sugar… red onions and did half miracle whip and half hellmans mayo…

    I used this recipe after Thanksgiving this year…was soo good…i bought a boars has turkey breast and remade it… after adding the apples… can’t be without

  6. 5 stars
    Have made this recipe several times, equally great with either turkey or chicken. I follow the recipe exactly as written (except sometimes I use chicken), It is absolutely the best!!

  7. Thank you for a great recipe and instructions. I had not thought to use dill before so this was a welcome variation! Delicious. I might add some whole cranberries next time…

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good! I just made a second batch because my family loved it! I usually go overboard on the Mayo but now I know I prefer a lighter salad. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last year and came searching for it again this year. In fact, I was requested to cook a larger turkey so we would have more leftovers for this recipe this year. :)

  10. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday with leftover turkey and it was fantastic! If you love chicken salad, you will love this..:) I made it for a church meeting and put it on croissants and it was wonderful..:)

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