Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich

A Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich is a delicious way to enjoy leftover Thanksgiving turkey for lunch. But I won’t fault you if you want it for breakfast or dinner!Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich | Made with leftover turkey and a hint of curry!

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Curried Turkey Salad

I  must admit, I’m definitely in a rut when it comes to utilizing our leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Bill is happy to warm up turkey slices, mashed potatoes and gravy day after day. By Day 3, I’m done.

But when I re-purpose what’s left of our holiday bird, it’s nearly always part of a soup or tetrazzini. Year after year. So on a whim, I whipped up this curried turkey salad. I was smitten!

Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich | Made with leftover turkey and a hint of curry!

Thanksgiving Leftovers

I had celery and grapes in the house plus pecans and dried cranberries which are pantry staples. So I whipped up a loaded curried turkey salad for a change of pace.

I prefer my chicken and tuna salad with a mix of mayo and sour cream or yogurt.  And a touch of fresh lemon juice brings a little zip into the mixture. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of curry, there’s just enough to give a mysterious undertone. It’s subtle, not in your face.  You’ll  become an instant fan!

The hubby, who loves chicken salad, spotted the pecans and dried cranberries and was not impressed.  Of course, he didn’t even take one bite. Sigh. Bonus of those additions: I didn’t have to share this lovely curried chicken salad!

Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich | Made with leftover turkey and a hint of curry!

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Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich

Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich | Made with leftover turkey and a hint of curry!

A terrific turkey salad spiced with curry. Perfect for holiday leftovers.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2+ cups leftover turkey, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup grape halves
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add turkey, pecans, celery, cranberries and grapes to a mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and sour cream or yogurt, curry, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add about half to the turkey mixture and mix to combine. Add as much of the remaining dressing to the turkey as desired.
  2. Chill. Serve on lightly buttered rolls with a leaf of lettuce if desired.

Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich | Made with leftover turkey and a hint of curry!


  1. A great recipe to use up the leftover turkey or chicken!

  2. Great minds think alike! Just two days ago I was experimenting with leftover chicken and curry and made a similar salad! Yours looks delicious!

  3. I really enjoy curry powder and am always looking for more ways to use it. This sounds like a lunch that’s very near in my future! Happy Thanksgiving Liz-enjoy:@)

  4. Your curried turkey salad looks delicious and you are generous with the dressing, just the way I like it! Pity that your hubby does not appreciate pecans and cranberries as I think these two are wonderful in salads.

  5. Love turkey sandwich ! We make turkey usually for Christmas, dear friend of mine have a nice and happy Thanksgiving!!

  6. I swear I enjoy the leftovers so much more than the big meal itself, pinning this one for this weekend, thanks Liz!

  7. Love these sandwiches. I f course love curry so I am smitten too. And Bill, Bill, Bill…pecans, cranberries and grapes are the best in here 😉

  8. What a coincidence, I also do a combo of mayo and yogurt with a splash of lemon juice! I toast the curry powder a bit to bring out the flavours but you have to let it cool off before you add it to the mayo and yogurt. I do a very similar salad using chicken but you’ve kindly reminded me that I haven’t made it in a very long time. Looks like I need to dust off the recipe and make it again.

  9. Yum Yum!!! Wow that sounds so good. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  10. I see people making this salad sandwich for the next few days 😉

  11. This is the perfect recipe for leftover turkey!

  12. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Liz! This salad looks so delicious – love the curry!

  13. Such a healthy sandwich option, Liz! Can’t wait to try it. Do you use a homemade mayo? 🙂

  14. Those big chunks of turkey are calling my name! This looks so filling and worth buying a turkey any time of the year to indulge in this.

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