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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.
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5 from 2 votes

Kneaders Carved Turkey and 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.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 632kcal



  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • cup white sugar
  • ¼ red onion sliced
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ tablespoon poppy seeds


  • 8 cups Mixed Greens
  • 8 ounces leftover turkey shredded
  • ¼ cup Sunflower Seeds
  • ½ cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • ½ red onion sliced


The Dressing

  • In a blender add white vinegar.
  • Add in sugar.
  • Add in red onion.
  • Add in ground mustard and salt. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour in canola oil. Blend just until incorporated.
  • Add in poppy seeds.
  • Pulse until combined.
  • Transfer to a container. Can be stored in the fridge up to 10 days. Stir before using.

Salad Assembly

  • Start by filling a large bowl with mixed greens.
  • Layer carved turkey on top.
  • Add on mozzarella cheese.
  • Layer on diced avocado.
  • Sprinkle dried cranberries on top.
  • Add sliced red onions.
  • Top with sunflower seeds. Toss if desired.
  • Serve prepared dressing on the side.


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.


Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 2mg