Salads | November 27, 2020

Kneaders Carved Turkey & Cranberry Salad

Crisp greens, tender turkey, creamy mozzarella, bright dried cranberries, savory sunflower seeds, and crunchy red onions are combined with a fresh poppyseed dressing in this copycat Kneaders Restaurant Turkey & Cranberry Salad. This is the ultimate leftover turkey recipe.

Leftover turkey recipe salad in a white bowl. There is a small bowl of sunflower seeds to the side and a hunk of bread to the side.

What Is This Leftover Turkey Recipe?

After Thanksgiving I always crave something light…something refreshing and simple.  A few years ago I enjoyed a salad with craved turkey at a local restaurant in Utah called Kneaders. It had roasted turkey, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, avocado, mozzarella cheese, and a pink poppyseed dressing.  It was heaven.  This is my version of that carved turkey salad – and I promise it will hit the spot after that heavy Thanksgiving meal!

A close up of Kneader turkey salad. It is garnished with red onion and there is a small bowl of sunflower seeds to the side.

What Do I Need To Make This Carved Turkey & Cranberry Salad?

For this recipe, you will need to add the following to your grocery list:

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds

Salad Ingredients

  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 8oz leftover turkey, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced

Ingredients needed for leftover turkey recipe salad: lettuce, onion, turkey, dressing, in round bowls.

How To Make This Leftover Turkey Recipe Salad

The Dressing

1. In a blender add white vinegar.

2. Add in sugar.

3. Add in red onion.

4. Add in ground mustard and salt. Blend until smooth.

How to make poppyseed dressing in a blender.

5. Pour in canola oil. Blend just until incorporated.

6. Add in poppy seeds.

7. Pulse until combined.

8. Transfer to a container. Can be stored in the fridge up to 10 days. Stir before using.

How to make poppyseed dressing in a blender.

Salad Assembly

1. Start by filling a large bowl with mixed greens.

2. Layer carved turkey on top.

3. Add on mozzarella cheese.

4. Layer on diced avocado.

How to assemble your leftover turkey recipe salad.

5. Sprinkle dried cranberries on top.

6. Add sliced red onions.

7. Top with sunflower seeds. Toss if desired.

8. Serve prepared dressing on the side.

 

How to assemble a salad.

Carved Turkey & Cranberry Salad Q&A

How long is leftover turkey good for?

Leftover turkey is good in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

I want to make this salad, but don’t have leftover turkey, what can I use instead? 

Try a roistisserie chicken.  It will be just as delicious!  

How long does the dressing last?

The dressing can be stored in the fridge up to 10 days. Stir before using.

A 3/4 view of turkey salad topped with red onions. There are salad servers to the side and a bottle of dressing in the background.

Do you have other leftover turkey recipes?

Checkout our:

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Waffle Turkey Club.

An overhead shot of leftover turkey recipe salad. There is a stack of plates to the side topped with forks.

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5 from 2 votes
Leftover turkey recipe salad in a white bowl. There is a small bowl of sunflower seeds to the side and a hunk of bread to the side.
Kneaders Carved Turkey & Cranberry Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Crisp greens, tender turkey, creamy mozzarella, bright dried cranberries, savory sunflower seeds, and crunchy red onions are combined with a fresh poppyseed dressing in this copycat Kneaders Restaurant Turkey & Cranberry Salad. This is the ultimate leftover turkey recipe.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover turkey recipe, thanksgiving leftovers, turkey salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 632 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
Salad
  • 8 cups Mixed Greens
  • 8 oz leftover turkey shredded
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
Instructions
The Dressing
  1. In a blender add white vinegar.
  2. Add in sugar.
  3. Add in red onion.
  4. Add in ground mustard and salt. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour in canola oil. Blend just until incorporated.
  6. Add in poppy seeds.
  7. Pulse until combined.
  8. Transfer to a container. Can be stored in the fridge up to 10 days. Stir before using.
Salad Assembly
  1. Start by filling a large bowl with mixed greens.
  2. Layer carved turkey on top.
  3. Add on mozzarella cheese.
  4. Layer on diced avocado.
  5. Sprinkle dried cranberries on top.
  6. Add sliced red onions.
  7. Top with sunflower seeds. Toss if desired.
  8. Serve prepared dressing on the side.
Recipe Notes

How long is leftover turkey good for?

Leftover turkey is good in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

I want to make this salad, but don't have leftover turkey, what can I use instead? 

Try a roistisserie chicken.  It will be just as delicious!  

How long does the dressing last?

The dressing can be stored in the fridge up to 10 days. Stir before using.

Nutrition Facts
Kneaders Carved Turkey & Cranberry Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 632 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 548mg24%
Potassium 379mg11%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1120IU22%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 186mg19%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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