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Curried Turkey Salad | Magnolia Days

The halls are decked along with the den, kitchen, and dining room. Holiday decorations glow with a certain warmth even in bright mid-day sun. Invitations go out to family and friends. It definitely is the time for entertaining. A memorable meal can be any time of the day. It does not have to be a giant feast. It can be a simple lunch of Curried Turkey Salad served on lettuce.

Curried Turkey Salad | Magnolia Days

A special holiday lunch is more special with wine. It is when the wine happens to be a limited edition one that pairs perfectly with the entrée. Gallo Family Vineyards Apple & Caramel Holiday White Blend is the wine to serve with Curried Turkey Salad. Both have apple; one sweet and one tart for a lovely balance. Caramel and pecans, well, you know how well those go together. Plus, as a triple bonus, the golden color of the salad on top of green lettuce is a very close match to the colors on the wine label.

Curried Turkey Salad | Magnolia Days

Preparing a holiday lunch can be easy. Make this salad in the morning and chill it until serving. Mix together turkey, apple, celery, pecans, raisins, and onion. Whip up a mild curried cream and fold it into mayonnaise. Gently toss everything together. It is served on lettuce-lined plates and with a sprinkling of toasted coconut on top. What about dessert? Chocolate Fudge Cake would go fabulously with Gallo’s Mixed Berries & Chocolate Red Holiday Blend.

Curried Turkey Salad | Magnolia Days

Wine can be an essential part of memorable holiday meals. Sunday Supper is proud to partner with Gallo Family Vineyards sharing special recipes and wine pairings. Gallo has these wonderful seasonal limited edition wines that can become a part of your holiday traditions. Head to the store to get them now before they are gone. Call Gallo’s Customer Care Team to find retailers carrying these wines in your area. There is a $1 off coupon or rebate available (depending on your area).

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Curried Turkey Salad | Magnolia Days
5 from 1 vote

Curried Turkey Salad

This curried turkey salad is made with apples, celery, onion, raisins, and a mild yellow curry dressing. Serve it on lettuce and top with toasted coconut.
Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Renee


For the salad:

  • 2 cups chopped red delicious apple unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey white meat recommended
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup toasted and coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

For serving:

  • 1 red delicious apple
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Bibb or green leaf lettuce
  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted coconut flakes


For the salad:

  1. Place chopped apple and lemon juice in a large bowl. Toss to coat apple with lemon juice. Add turkey, celery, pecans, raisins, and onion. Toss to combine.
  2. Combine cream, curry powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Beat at medium-high speed of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold whipped mixture into mayonnaise.
  3. Add curried dressing to turkey mixture. Gently toss to combine. Cover and chill thoroughly.

For serving:

  1. Core and thinly slice apple. Place slices in a bowl with water and lemon juice.
  2. Arrange lettuce leaves on serving plates. Spoon turkey salad on lettuce. Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top.
  3. Remove apple slices from lemon-water and arrange slices on plates. Discard lemon-water. Serve salads immediately.

Recipe Notes

This curried turkey salad is made with apples, celery, onion, raisins, and a mild yellow curry dressing. Serve it on lettuce and top with toasted coconut.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living Our Best Christmas Recipes cookbook published in 1994.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

Recipe Rating


Saturday 13th of December 2014

The British make a curried chicken salad called coronation chicken that I adore. Your turkey version looks like the perfect use for leftover turkey, especially with the addition of the crunchy apple,, Renee. I can't wait to try it.

Anita at Hungry Couple

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

I love adding curry to leftover turkey or chicken. So much more interesting. And I'm starting to crave these wines, by the way. :)

Betsy @ Desserts Required

Monday 8th of December 2014

I can't wait for my invitation to arrive, especially knowing that I will get to taste your gorgeous curried turkey salad!

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Monday 8th of December 2014

I love the touch of curry in this salad. A bit of coconut sounds perfect.

Family Foodie

Sunday 7th of December 2014

Any lunch is more special with wine but this recipe takes it to a whole new level!