A simple Turkey Salad Recipe perfect for sandwiches, spreading on crackers, or topping off a bed full of mixed greens! It’s easy to make at home, even if you don’t have leftover Thanksgiving turkey on hand — however, if you do, now you’re talking really easy!
Today, we’ll cover how to bake perfectly juicy Turkey tenderloins for your salad, talk about that 2-minute dressing and exactly how to make it, and why Turkey Salad with dried cranberries is extra delicious!
WHAT’S IN TURKEY SALAD
- Finely Diced Onion
- Finely Diced Celery
- Dried Cranberries
- Dijon Mustard
USE TURKEY TENDERS (OR LEFTOVER TURKEY)
Turkey Salad begins with turkey tenderloins. Turkey tenderloins are actually a part of the turkey breast, and you’ll find them in the poultry section of most grocery stores labeled “Turkey Breasts Tenders.” They are much smaller than the breast itself, and just the right amount of meat for this salad!
You could also use up your leftover holiday turkey. You will need about 1 – 1 1/2 pound of leftover turkey for this salad. That will come out to about 3 cups when cut into a 1/2″ dice.
2-MINUTE TURKEY SALAD DRESSING
Turkey Salad Dressing is shockingly quick and easy to make, and shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to whip up. It’s made up of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and a simple seasoning mix of granulated sugar, salt, and pepper. The sugar might come as a surprise ingredient, but it is an essential component to the dressing.
TURKEY SALAD WITH CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
Dried cranberries are the perfect addition to Turkey Salad as they add just a little hint of sweet to an overall savory mix. However, if you aren’t a dried cranberry fan, you can substitute sliced grapes or leave them out completely.
HOW TO MAKE TURKEY SALAD
- Season and bake the turkey (if not using leftover turkey).
- Cut the turkey into cubes about the size of a 1/2″ dice.
- Make the dressing.
- Add onions, celery, cranberries, and diced turkey to the dressing and stir to coat.
HOW TO SEASON AND BAKE TURKEY TENDERLOINS
If you’re not used to baking turkey tenderloins, no problem — it’s just as easy (and tasty) as baked chicken breasts in the oven!
The first thing you’ll do is pat the turkey tenderloins dry with a paper towel. This removes excess moisture and allows the oil and the seasoning to better adhere to the turkey.
Next, drizzle the turkey tenderloin with olive oil, season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and rub it all over the tenderloins. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 35 minutes.
If using leftover Thanksgiving Turkey, you can omit this step completely.
TURKEY SALAD FOR SANDWICHES…AND MORE!
Croissants filled with Turkey Salad make for a nice treat, but you’ll also find it divine between two slices of white, wheat, or oat bread!
You can also use it as a topper for crackers or over greens. Romaine lettuce or a nice spring mix would make a great bed for this savory salad!
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Amazing Turkey Salad with cranberries is great for sandwiches & salads! Includes easy steps for baking turkey breast tenderloins (if not using leftover turkey).
- 1 1/2 pound turkey breast tenders
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 375°. Have ready a sheet pan lined with foil, and prepare the turkey seasoning by combining 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and a 1/4 teaspoon onion powder in a small bowl.
Pat turkey breast tenders dry with a paper towel. Transfer to the pan, drizzle olive oil evenly over and rub in on both sides. Season the tenders generously with the seasoning. Evenly massage seasoning all over.
Bake for 35 minutes and allow to cool. Cut the turkey into a 1/2" dice and set aside.
Add the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Add the onion, celery, cranberries, and cut up turkey to the bowl and stir until everything is evenly coated in the dressing. Serve and enjoy.
1/2 cup per serving. Makes about 3 cups.