Hot Turkey Salad Recipe -
Hot Turkey Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Hot Turkey Salad

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"Need a quick and easy dinner idea for leftover turkey? This is my grandmother's recipe, one she made the Monday following Thanksgiving. I'm so glad I found the recipe. It's quick and easy, not to mention delicious!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Mix the turkey, celery, onion, pecans, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise and lemon juice until evenly blended. Spoon into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese, then potato chips.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until cheese melts, 10 to 12 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 13, 2008

The only variations I made were to omit the pecans as I'm not a fan, and I used baked Lays potato chips as they were all I had on hand. This is a great way to use leftover turkey to create another dish. I will make this again, thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 20, 2009

This was okay, not spectacular. An okay way to use up left over turkey, certainly edible, but nothing I will be itching to make again.

Sep 20, 2012

Surprisingly good. The crunchy celery makes this dish- it needs more onion ( a lot more, finely chopped onion - like a whole small onion) Skip the salt - maybe a tiny bit of seasoning salt - I used cornflakes instead of potato chips because I had no chips. I will keep this in line for my after Thanksgiving meals.

Apr 17, 2009

I would give this ten stars if I could. It's delicious! I can't believe it's only a four star recipe. I really tried to stick to the ingredients so I could judge it fairly. I made half a recipe with leftover Easter turkey breast and in place of the regular salt, I used both seasoned salt and garlic salt. I did use a whole green onion so that was more than a tsp. but the more onion the better in our opinion! Do Not leave out the pecans, they add a wonderful texture and flavor! My hubby couldn't believe he liked them in this casserole since he never likes them in cold turkey or chicken salad! I also used reduced fat cheese and low fat mayo and we totally couldn't taste a difference in the finished product. Yummy!! I will always use this recipe after holidays and probably look forward to the leftoves more than the holiday meal!

Mar 16, 2011

What a wonderful, tasty dish using leftover turkey! I made the following adjustments based on the ingredients I had: I used chopped fresh red pepper instead of celery, and I added about 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans because I needed to use them up. I used seasoned salt, not regular salt. Also, instead of crushed potato chips, I used crushed white tortilla chips. I'm guessing the original recipe is tasty, based on everyone's reviews, but what I ended up making was scrumptious and I will definitely make it again!!

Nov 27, 2008

Instead of the chopped pecans our family has always used water chestnuts...

Oct 08, 2012

Really great way to use left over turkey! The only thing I did differently, was add our left over cranberry sauce to the mayo and lemon juice.. About 2 tablespoons. More would have been even tastier! So good!

Dec 03, 2010

Was quite surprised at how much we liked this! I cut the recipe in half and used a good 1/3 cup of diced onion. I don't like pecans so we used almonds and it was still great. Had thought about adding garlic, but decided not to and it was great without garlic and I usually add garlic to everything. My husband and I kept picking at it and eventually ate all 3 servings between the 2 of us! Was pretty bummed we had no leftovers. Very good! Will make again!


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  • Calories
  • 526 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 46.4 g
  • 71%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 18.4 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 591 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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