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Cranberry Turkey Salad with Candied Walnuts

with goat cheese crumbles and a Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette

Cranberry Turkey Salad with Goat Cheese & Candied Walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

This salad is a scrumptious way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. Make the cranberry sauce into a salad dressing and put some turkey atop some greens. Sprinkle with goat cheese and candied walnuts and you have a beautiful way to re-purpose your Thanksgiving dinner.

Yeah, it’s Thanksgiving and I’m already thinking leftovers. Hey, you gotta plan ahead! We’ve just eaten our beautiful feast. Some have gone out hunting, some are playing, I hear a lot of “Edward, NO!” and laughter going on. Edward is my firecracker nephew. Oh he is wild! And when you catch him doing something he’s not supposed to be doing, he just gives you this huge smile.

Cranberry Turkey Salad with Goat Cheese & Candied Walnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Cranberry Turkey Salad with Goat Cheese & Candied Walnuts


    For the Maple Cranberry Vinaigrette:
  • 1/3 cup cranberry sauce (use leftovers or some of this Cranberry Maple Spice Cranberry Sauce recipe here )
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet hot mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • For the salad:
  • Mixed greens
  • Leftover turkey or chicken, warmed (if desired)
  • Goat cheese crumbles
  • Dried cranberries (craisins)
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Candied walnuts (recipe here)


  1. Put all the vinaigrette ingredients into a food processor or handi chopper and pulse to blend.Set the dressing aside.
  2. Arrange the greens on your salad plates or bowls and sprinkle with turkey, goat cheese, cranberries, and candied walnuts.
  3. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and enjoy!


RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Cranberry Turkey Salad with Goat Cheese & Candied Walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

This recipe was shared at Foodie Friends Friday, Show & Tell Saturday and Weekend Potluck.


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7 Responses

  1. This salad looks fantastic! Great use for Thanksgiving leftovers! Pinning!

    November 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    • Ann

      So glad you like it Sheena! Happy day-after-Thanksgiving!

      November 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

  2. Fabulous! I love to see good healthy salads, especially when they are unique. I will be pinning this recipe for sure! 🙂

    November 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Crystal! I hope you love it as much as I did 🙂

      November 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

  3. G’day! really healthy salad, true!
    Wish could try some of this right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Foodie Friends Friday Anything Goes Party

    December 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

  4. This salad is outstanding, it looks so delicious I can’t wait to try it. I have all the ingredients ready. Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday. Pinning and sharing.

    December 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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