16 Healthy Recipes to Use Up Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey
Leftover Thanksgiving Salad
Don't limit leftover holiday ham and turkey to sandwiches! If you're not entirely over Thanksgiving, incorporate its flavors into this protein-packed salad.
Spicy Turkey Tacos
"The Day After" Turkey Soup
Potatoes, carrots, and celery bulk up this grain-free turkey soup. But you can take a cue from our reviewers and add other veggies and herbs, too. "I added fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme to the soup since I still had herbs left over from Thanksgiving," home cook Talena says.
Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Pho
A cardamom pod, whole cloves, a star anise pod, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and ginger bring big flavor to this aromatic, Vietnamese-inspired soup. Douse it with chile-garlic sauce to taste.
Warm Greek Pita Sandwiches With Turkey and Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
Here's another departure from traditional Thanksgiving flavors. Reviewers have added olives (including leftover black olives from Thanksgiving!) and tangy feta.
Turkey and Citrus Salad
Turkey Barley Soup
Turkey bones add extra flavor to this soup's homemade stock. "It is probably the best soup ever! Easy to make too," Kathy says.
Ranch Turkey Tacos
Mexican Turkey Soup
"Excellent recipe! I added a little more spice, i.e. garlic, jalapeño, and other peppers. Getting ready to make it again using leftover Thanksgiving turkey," reviewer Jwest says.
Gingery-Apricot Turkey Salad
Turkey Zuppa Toscana
"One of my favorite soups is zuppa toscana. So, I came up with this. It has been an after-Thanksgiving staple for my family for the past seven years," recipe creator jdcag1975 says. "Nice and warming and a little light. Great for those cold nights."
Butternut Squash Noodle Soup with Turkey
Who needs noodles? This brothy, chipotle-spiced soup takes advantage of in-season butternut squash.
Three Egg Omelet
Use up leftover turkey and ham as part of a long-weekend brunch. You can easily adjust this omelet to your tastes and dietary needs, adding extra veggies or sticking to egg whites only.
Tropical Turkey Salad
Lemon Turkey Soup
Lemon zest and juice give this veggie-packed soup a zippier taste than similar recipes. Take it from KateShaw: "A great way to use up leftover turkey when everyone's sick of heavy, rich food."
Spicy Smoked Turkey Soup
Leftover smoked turkey meets its match in the form of this simple, spicy soup made with chunky salsa, V8 juice, chicken stock, and hot pepper sauce. If you like it hot, you can replace the bell pepper with a jalapeño, as reviewer Ashly Winkle did.