Leftover Turkey Salad

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe

November 25, 2022

As much as I love Thanksgiving day and all of the festivities, I have come to realize that the day after Thanksgiving isn’t so bad either. Of course, I love spending time with family and friends, so Thanksgiving day wins out. But I have to tell you, to me, the food always tastes even better the next day! And there are always plenty of leftovers to make this delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe!

I just love this recipe by best-selling cookbook author Holly Clegg and I cannot wait to try it. I love all of the ingredients to put this recipe together and what a delicious way to use leftover turkey and rice. This holiday recipe is shared from Holly’s Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook. Now, our family has never included a wild rice dish on Thanksgiving day but this year, I am going to put it on the menu!

As #TeamHolly has shared, you can “spike the rice with vivid colors and flavors and toasty crunchy almonds for an undemanding and unforgettable salad. If you don’t have leftover turkey, rotisserie chicken can be used year round.”

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad

Recipe byTeam Holly Clegg of The Healthy Cooking Blog
Makes 10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cups cooked wild or brown rice
  • 2 cups chopped boneless skinless cooked turkey (or chicken breasts, rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 ounce cup dried apricots strips about 6 package
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or mixed berries
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds toasted


  1. In small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, lime juice, oil, honey and ginger; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients except almonds. Combine with dressing and refrigerate. When serving, toss with almonds.

Nutritional Info

Calories 277; Carbohydrates 39 grams; Fat 7 grams; Protein 16 grams

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Leftover Turkey Salad


With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg was a culinary expert on easy and healthy recipes. She appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, & Huff Post. She consulted for Walmart, Teflon, Coca-Cola Company, & U.S. hospitals. Team Holly has the privilege to continue to share Holly's passion for healthy cooking with her Trim and Terrific recipes & to keep her legacy going for gastric cancer awareness. See more recipes by Holly!
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