Walnut-Cranberry Turkey Salad


The dressing for this light, delicious turkey salad is made with low-fat mayonnaise, yogurt and chopped herbs. Slideshow: Terrific Turkey Leftovers 

Walnut-Cranberry Turkey Salad
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 cup walnuts (4 ounces)

  • 3/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/4 cup snipped chives

  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 1/4 pounds roast turkey, diced (4 cups)

  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 8 ounces mixed greens, such as baby kale, baby arugula and chopped radicchio (8 packed cups)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast for about 10 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop the nuts.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt with the mayonnaise, parsley, chives and tarragon and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the turkey, cranberries and walnuts.

  3. In another bowl, toss the mixed greens with the oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Mound the salad on a platter and top with the turkey salad. Serve right away.

Make Ahead

The turkey salad can be refrigerated (without the walnuts) overnight.

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