I created this recipe to use leftover holiday turkey. It's a classic bound salad using mayonnaise and celery, but it also includes fresh cranberries, orange juice and cashews. Although new to our menu, it has become a holiday favorite. My family requests I make my own turkey before Thanksgiving so I can serve this salad as an appetizer at our holiday feast. I hope you will find it as enjoyable as we do. Enjoy it on rolls, in wraps, or as a spread with crackers.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.

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  • Place the cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, and sugar into a pan. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost all the liquid has cooked away, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and cool.

  • Place cashews on prepared baking pan. Roast in preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove, and cool.

  • Mix the turkey together in a large bowl with the celery, mayonnaise, applesauce, salt, sage, thyme, and pepper until evenly blended. Fold in the cranberry mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

288 calories; protein 22.2g; carbohydrates 8.4g; fat 18.4g; cholesterol 58.4mg; sodium 273.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2008
This stuff is amazing! I didn't have sage and I only had ground Thyme so those things were different. I also couldn't find whole cranberries in the stores yet so I used Craisins. I served this on potato rolls and it makes it even more delightful. My friends enjoyed this as well. I wasn't sure when to add the cashews so I waited until just before I served it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2008
This was just ok for me. I really wanted to like this but I'm afraid the orange in the cranberry sauce was a bit overpowering. I used mayo but the sweetness and the orange really stood out making it taste like it was made with miracle whip (which I'm not fond of at all). I will try this again but will use my own cranberry sauce (Martha Stewart's cranberry grape compote!) and maybe add some chopped onion. Read More
(6)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2008
This stuff is amazing! I didn't have sage and I only had ground Thyme so those things were different. I also couldn't find whole cranberries in the stores yet so I used Craisins. I served this on potato rolls and it makes it even more delightful. My friends enjoyed this as well. I wasn't sure when to add the cashews so I waited until just before I served it. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2008
This was just ok for me. I really wanted to like this but I'm afraid the orange in the cranberry sauce was a bit overpowering. I used mayo but the sweetness and the orange really stood out making it taste like it was made with miracle whip (which I'm not fond of at all). I will try this again but will use my own cranberry sauce (Martha Stewart's cranberry grape compote!) and maybe add some chopped onion. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2008
Delicious! Mine version deters as I didn't have exactly the same ingredients however the salty sweet flavoring works great with the thyme and sage spice. my substitutes...craisins(cranberries) pistachios(cashews) and chicken breast meat(turkey Kosher salt. This is a must make recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2007
Step 2 is how I usually make my cranberry sauce. This was such a great way to use up the leftovers! I didn't have any cashews or celery on hand but it was so simple and perfectly yummy. I'm happy to leave the first review here. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
My family LOVES this. Easy simple tasty. Perfect. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2012
Made it exactly as printed. Applesauce kept the amount of mayonnaise low so it wasn't oily. Flavors blended well. I'll make this after every turkey dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2015
After first time I made this my husband suggested we buy a larger turkey so I could make more of this salad. Except for using Craisins instead of fresh cranberries I followed the recipe as written. I've made it 3-4 times and enjoy this salad more than the freshly roasted turkey. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2017
It will go in my Thanksgiving section as written. Very good. Read More