Turkey Salad With Pesto-Mayo

by Renee on June 28, 2012

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

Turkey Salad With Pesto-Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 2 cups roasted turkey, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina June 28, 2012 at 8:40 am

This sounds SO delicious! I have never even considered mixing pesto into a salad like this! YUM!!!!

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Renee June 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

Thanks Jen! Pesto is great in these type of salads. I hope you give it a try soon.

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Cindy @ Cindysrecipesandwritings June 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

I love pesto mayo with turkey or chicken! Its one of the more popular wraps I serve at work!

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Renee June 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

Thanks Cindy!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Love this! This would be especially great in a croissant sandwich!

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Renee June 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

Oh yes! This salad in a croissant would be fabulous. Great suggestion.

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Choc Chip Uru June 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

A lovely looking salad my friend :D
Awesome flavours!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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Renee June 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thank you very much!

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Liz June 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Gosh, what a great idea! I love the thought of either a turkey or chicken sandwich with pesto mayo! FABULOUS!

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Renee June 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks Liz!

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I’ve never paired pesto with turkey but the flavor combination doesn’t surprise me because pesto pairs so well with chicken.

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Renee June 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thanks! I hope you will try it soon. Any reason to cook a turkey is a good one.

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Pam @ The Meltaways June 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

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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Renee June 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thanks Pam! Oh, deep-fried turkey – Yum!

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Baker Street June 30, 2012 at 2:51 am

Pesto with Turkey! Mmmmm.. What a delish combination, R! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

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Renee June 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thanks!

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