I use leftover turkey for this quick salad with all the right textures. The raisin sweetens the salad, the sunflowers add a crunch, and the turkey is the heart of the salad.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 10 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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  • In a salad bowl, combine the turkey, sunflower seeds, raisins, apples, mayonnaise, salt, and lemon juice; mix well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend flavors.

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Nutrition Facts

173 calories; protein 14g 28% DV; carbohydrates 7.7g 3% DV; fat 9.7g 15% DV; cholesterol 39mg 13% DV; sodium 158.9mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
Don't walk RUN toward this recipe after Thanksgiving and you are so sick of thanksgiving turkey sandwiches that you can hardly stand it! This salad is FANTASTIC! I made it and immediately put it over a bed of lettuce (did not put it in the refrigerator for the suggested 2 hours) and my family (including a 13 year old boy) LOVED it. My husband is eating seconds as we speak! An excellent recipe and perfect for the leftover turkey after the holidays. Read More
(22)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2016
Sorry but I did not care for this recipe at all. I do not understand all the good reviews. Perhaps the fact that I only had granny smith apples and not the super sweet apples made the difference? It was just so bland. It was not totally inedible because I could eat it if I had to but I chose to toss it. I even let it sit the fridge a whole other day to see if it was any better...but nope. It was such an easy recipe I just wish I could understand how my experience with it was so bad when apparently everyone else was in love with it. On to the next leftover turkey recipe! Read More
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2009
Don't walk RUN toward this recipe after Thanksgiving and you are so sick of thanksgiving turkey sandwiches that you can hardly stand it! This salad is FANTASTIC! I made it and immediately put it over a bed of lettuce (did not put it in the refrigerator for the suggested 2 hours) and my family (including a 13 year old boy) LOVED it. My husband is eating seconds as we speak! An excellent recipe and perfect for the leftover turkey after the holidays. Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2009
Very tasty salad Had to add extra Mayo for creaminess though. I make a similar salad with toasted pecans and craisins. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2010
Great recipe. I used seedless grapes instead of raisins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2012
My family of six loves this recipe (kids aged 7 years to 15 months). We buy turkeys in November when they're on sale keep them in the stand up freezer and then grill throughout the year for a healthy meat that doesn't heat up the house. Some portion of every turkey gets made into this salad. Sometimes I use the sunflower/raisin combo and other times the pecan/cranberry. Both work well; just depends what is on sale at the time. Great with my husband's homemade rosemary raisin bread. Keeps well for the next day too. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2015
Loved this turkey salad simple and delicious I switched the raisings for craisins just because I had some left from thanksgiving I also put walnuts instead of the sunflower seeds we always have them in the house. Next time I will omit the salt altogether don't think is necessary the mayonnaise has enough. The 1/2 of a lemon 's juice is the perfect touch. Thanks I'm very happy with the result Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2015
Super easy a change and a flexible recipe! What could be better? I didn't have sunflower seeds so I used pecans. In addition to raisins I had craisins so I used both. I had celery which I normally use in a Waldorf salad so I added it. (I wish I had sweet cranberry relish still.) Excellent for when your family is getting sick of the turkey-- we had no leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2014
My husband liked this a lot and it's a nice change from tuna salad. Next time maybe I'll try it with the craisins and nuts instead of seeds as others mentioned. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
I used this to mKe a wrap. It was good. I had some leftover cranberry sauce so I spread about 1 tbsp on the bottom of the wrap and then used some of the turkey salad. I topped it off with some shredded cabbage. I made the salad as written except I felt I needed a bit more mayo to make it creamy. I didn't add any salt and used craisins instead of raisins. Just a personal preference. We really enjoyed this as a wrap. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2015
Made it exactly as written and it was a huge hit. Everyone even the pickiest of eaters loved it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2016
Sorry but I did not care for this recipe at all. I do not understand all the good reviews. Perhaps the fact that I only had granny smith apples and not the super sweet apples made the difference? It was just so bland. It was not totally inedible because I could eat it if I had to but I chose to toss it. I even let it sit the fridge a whole other day to see if it was any better...but nope. It was such an easy recipe I just wish I could understand how my experience with it was so bad when apparently everyone else was in love with it. On to the next leftover turkey recipe! Read More