Festive Fall Turkey Salad


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.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
12 servings


  • 1 cup whole cranberries

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¾ cup cashew halves

  • 6 cups chopped cooked turkey

  • 2 celery ribs, diced

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons applesauce

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried sage

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ground black pepper, to taste


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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 (per serving)

288 Calories
18g Fat
8g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 274mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 328mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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