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Turkey, Cranberry, and Wild Rice Salad

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Turkey, Cranberry, and Wild Rice Salad

Turkey, Cranberry, and Wild Rice Salad

Jessica Braider
This recipe was invented to use up the Thanksgiving leftovers that sometimes get forgotten. It is a great, satisfying way to reduce food waste and create an entirely new and delicious dish!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 394 kcal


  • 1 cup wild rice blend such as Lundberg’s
  • 1 cup cooked turkey breast chopped, or use Tofurkey or other meatless turkey substitute
  • 1 cup celery sliced, about 2 stalks
  • ¼ – ½ cup scallions green parts only, thinly sliced, to taste
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or use ½ - ¾ cups cranberry sauce, to taste, or use pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup light balsamic vinaigrette dressing or use equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup pecans lightly toasted and coarsely chopped


  • Prepare the rice according to the package directions, using water or leftover chicken broth.
  • In a medium serving bowl, combine the turkey, celery, scallions, and cranberries or cranberry sauce.
  • When the rice is cooked, combine it with the ingredients in the bowl. Stir in the vinaigrette dressing.
  • Refrigerate the salad for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 days. Just before serving, stir in the pecans. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Do Ahead or Delegate: Cook the rice, chop and refrigerate the turkey, slice the celery and scallions, toast and chop the pecans, or fully prepare and refrigerate the salad (and top with the pecans when ready to serve).
Scramble Flavor Booster: Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the salad before serving.
Tip: Sometimes when I toast pecans for a recipe, I throw an extra handful in there as we love to munch on them as a snack or stir them into plain Greek yogurt with a little maple syrup to sweeten it.
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Calories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 20gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 279mgPotassium: 455mgFiber: 5gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 202IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fall, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Main Dish, Make-Ahead, Salads, Side Dish, Winter
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