Recipe courtesy of Kelly Senyei

Secret Ingredient Leftover Turkey Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
I’m a big fan of secret ingredients and my (not-so) secret ingredient for this turkey salad is…sugar! It sounds strange in a savory turkey salad, but it really ups the flavor profile. One taste and I guarantee you’ll never go without it. So grab that surplus poultry and get your preferred carb (or crisp lettuce leaf) of choice ready for a turkey salad piled high with lettuce and tomato.



  1. In a large bowl, combine the chopped turkey, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, celery, scallions and dill, stirring until well combined.
  2. Taste and season the turkey salad with salt and pepper. Serve immediately in a sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes or on lettuce leaves, if desired, or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.  

Cook’s Note

I prefer less mayo in my turkey salad, but you can easily add more based on your taste preferences. For an extra-creamy turkey salad, increase the mayo to 2/3 cup. I always think turkey salad tastes best after refrigerating, so this leftovers-inspired recipe tastes just as great on day 2 and onward!