Turkey Salad

Turkey salad on bread with lettuce is a family favorite.
I am always so very surprised when I ask people if they like turkey salad and they tell me they have never had it.  It seems since chicken salad is such a hit with so many and turkey has become much more common then just for Thanksgiving or Christmas that turkey salad should have made some headway.

At any rate my Mother and Grandmother both always made it and we all loved it so I always take the opportunity to make it when leftover turkey is available.

Over the Memorial Day weekend we had a family gathering and I cooked the ham and turkey so today I made turkey salad with the few leftover turkey bits.  Happily it made a wonderful lunch just for me!!

Ingredients for Turkey Salad:

2-3 C. cooked turkey diced
2-3 stalks washed and diced celery
1/3-1/2 C. sweet pickles chopped
black pepper
1/2-3/4 C. Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
1/4-1/3 C. sweet pickle juice

I do NOT recommend making turkey salad in a food processor.  You will I fear have mush.  Just chop the cooked turkey and place it in a medium bowl.

These ingredients are all stirred together until evenly moistened.  There is some latitude  in the quantities and you may need to adjust further.  Just taste and adjust.  If you have a lot of turkey and it is dry it will need more salad dressing.  Just taste until it is pleasing to you.

Serve on lettuce leaves or on bread or rolls in a sandwich.  Yield 4-6 servings.  Additional Options:  Add halved grapes, dried cranberries or apricots, chopped almonds or pecans. 


cambric cotton, pins and needles said...

I only ever eaten turkey on christmas day when we roast a big bird, I've seen it in the supermarket freezer in smaller joints but have kept it as a christmas treat.

Diane Cosby said...

Here in the states we do primarily have Turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas. With all of the health issues people here eat it much more frequently now. Many groceries stock ground turkey and we make turkey burgers and substitute it in a lot of recipes calling for ground beef. We also smoke and deep fry turkeys. It is eaten much more widely and regularly now then in days past.