There's nothing better than leftover smoked turkey and here's a great way to use those holiday leftovers! Serve this savory homemade turkey salad hot or cold!
This smoked turkey salad recipes comes from a Thanksgiving dinner years ago, when we ordered a fabulous smoked turkey from Greenberg Smoked Turkey company in Tyler, Texas. The meat was absolutely delicious, but we had a lot leftover so, I whipped up this salad and it's been a family favorite every year!
While most Texans know about these delicious smoked birds, Oprah put this East Texas business on the "global turkey map" when she announced on her show that Greenberg turkeys were her favorite. If you've never tried one, you must do so.
Greenberg turkeys cost a little more than store-bought birds, but they are totally worth it and if you're lucky enough to have any leftover meat, you will not want to throw it away! Here's a delicious Smoked Turkey Salad that is ready in minutes!
Ingredients for Smoked Turkey Salad
This easy recipe obviously calls for leftover smoked turkey; however, you can use smoked chicken as a substitute. The remaining ingredients are "traditional chicken salad" ingredients: red onion, celery, red grapes and almonds. The sauce for the turkey salad is easy: mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.
How to Make Turkey Salad
You can have a deliciously light salad in minutes! Shred and chop the turkey; chop onion, celery and grapes. Make the sauce and add all ingredients; combine well and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This salad tastes divine when reheated a bit and you can do that in the microwave (on low) or, take the chill off the salad by heating it on the stove top a few minutes.
How Can I Get a Smoked Flavor Using Leftover Roasted Turkey
If you do not have leftover smoked turkey, you can use roasted or oven-baked turkey in this recipe! The easiest way to obtain that "smoky flavor" is to add a tablespoon (one or two, depending upon your preference) of Liquid Smoke to the sauce. Let the meat marinate in the smoky sauce for at least 30 minutes and you have a delicious leftover smoked turkey salad!
What Can I Substitute for Turkey?
This leftover smoked turkey salad recipe works great with leftover chicken. If the leftover chicken is not smoked, just add a little Liquid Smoke to the sauce. A true, smoked turkey has a little different flavor than chicken, but either bird works well in this recipe.
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Smoked Turkey Salad
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ½-1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1½ -2 lbs. smoked turkey or chicken (see Recipe Notes: Smoke) shredded and diced
- ½ cup red onion diced
- ¼ cup celery chopped
- 14-16 red grapes chopped
- ¼ cup almonds sliced
- In a large bowl, combine sauce ingredients; set aside
- Shred leftover smoked chicken or turkey; then dice into smaller portions
- Add onion, celery, grapes and meat to sauce; combine well
- Add sliced almonds; cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
- Plate and serve (see Recipe Notes: Serving)