Alea’s Curried Turkey Salad

Curried Turkey Salad ~ a perfect Thanksgiving leftovers recipe |

Our Thanksgiving dinner, like most Americans, consists of a buffet that includes too many heavy dishes. And on Thanksgiving Day, I allow myself to indulge…

However, I try to make up for that indulgence by using the leftovers to create healthier and lower calorie meals. I will make quite a bit of turkey soup and freeze it to use later on hectic evenings. I also use the leftovers in salads on the weekend following Thanksgiving.

This salad uses many traditional Thanksgiving foods, but the curry dressing gives it an exotic twist. The dressing is made using yogurt, which is much lower in fat than mayonnaise based dressings. This mollifies my guilt when I decide to enjoy some leftover pumpkin pie! :)

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Curried Turkey Salad

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes (+2 hours in the fridge)


  • 2 cups leftover turkey, cubed
  • 1 large sweet potato or yam, cubed
  • 2 cups cooked rice ( I usually use leftover rice)
  • 1 apple, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt (or 6 oz. container)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or sugar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Place cubed sweet potatoes or yams in a double boiler and steam for 8 minutes or until just fork tender. Be careful not to over cook.
  • In a large bowl, combine turkey, rice, yams, apple, celery, onions, cranberries, and pecans.
  • In a small bowl, mix together yogurt, honey, curry, and ginger.
  • Pour dressing over the salad and stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve on a bed of greens.

Curried Turkey Salad ~ a perfect Thanksgiving leftovers recipe |

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  1. says

    This does sound lovely! Since there are only two of us, I make a whole chicken in the slow cooker instead of a turkey, but I also tuck in a few extra chicken breasts so I’ll have plenty of chicken leftovers to freeze and use in other recipes. This should work very well with chicken too — thanks!

  2. says

    That’s kind of like a curried turkey Waldorf salad. My coworker is Indian and celebrated his first Thanksgiving last year. His wife makes a mean Turkey Jalfrezi (sp?). And what about turkey enchiladas? I guess borrowing from other ethnic groups to reinvent turkey is a decent idea.


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