Turkey Salad With Pesto-Mayo

Turkey Salad with Pesto-Mayo

How often do you cook turkey? Is it something you only have at Thanksgiving or during the holidays? I cook it throughout the year. Turkey tenderloins, cutlets, necks (for stock), and the convenient freezer to oven whole ones by Butterball® or Jennie-O are made often. The great thing about cooking a whole turkey is the leftovers. I do love turkey sandwiches. I also make my turkey salad with pesto-mayo when I have my fresh pesto on hand.

Do you know pesto goes well with turkey? I discovered it a few years ago when I was looking for a quick meal. I searched through the pantry and fridge and decided to cook pasta, add turkey pieces, and stir in some pesto. Yummy! After that I looked for recipes with turkey and pesto. I ran across one by Emeril Lagasse on The Food Network website. The recipe inspired me to make turkey salad. I added walnuts for crunch and because I like cranberries and walnuts together.

Turkey Salad with Pesto-Mayo

I made this salad to use the pesto I had. I also had fresh walnuts on hand thanks to California Walnuts. I was excited when they arrived because I do enjoy walnuts very much. They are great for a snack and can be used in many recipes, both savory and sweet. My salad can be served as-is with crackers, on top of a bed of lettuce or salad greens, or in a sandwich. I use whole wheat bread and it makes a very filling and hearty sandwich.

What do you do with your turkey leftovers? Since I make it often I am always looking for new recipes. Something spicy would be nice…

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Turkey Salad With Pesto-Mayo
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  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 2 cups roasted turkey, chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a small bowl stir together the mayonnaise and pesto. In a medium bowl add the turkey, walnuts, cranberries, and pesto-mayo mixture. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crackers, on top of lettuce, or in a sandwich. Refrigerate leftovers.

Disclaimer: I received the walnuts free of charge from California Walnuts. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions on this site are my own.

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  1. Pam @ The Meltaways says

    I also make Turkey all year – I think I have cooked 3 whole and 2 breasts already this year, and we’re deep frying one for the 4th. I hope we have leftovers, because this is calling my name!


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