We didn't make it home for Thanksgiving this year so I cooked my very first Thanksgiving dinner - no pressure there! If you follow along on Facebook you know that I actually did a test run a few weeks ago to make sure I knew what I was doing. Luckily, for both the test run and for Thanksgiving, everything turned out great!
But since it was only the two of us for Thanksgiving we had a ton of leftover turkey! After a few turkey, cranberry, and cream cheese sandwiches (my personal favorite!) we needed to mix things up before we got sick of turkey.
My girlfriend told me about the turkey salad that her grandma and mom used to make and how much she loved it. So she called her mom for the recipe and we got to work.
The original recipe calls for a mayonnaise dressing but we wanted to lighten it up a little bit, ya know make it a little healthier since we did just eat a whole thanksgiving meal…. or two! We mixed nonfat plain Greek yogurt and mayo together to make the perfect dressing for a lightened up version of her favorite after thanksgiving meal.
Lightened Up Leftover Turkey Salad
You will need:
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
4 cups of sliced grapes
4 cups of shredded chicken
2/3 cup of sliced almonds
Salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and Greek yogurt.
Fold in the shredded turkey, grapes, and almonds and stir until combined.
Add salt and pepper to your liking (I put in a small dash of each).
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before eating. You can eat the salad right away but it tastes better after all of the flavors have a chance to meld together.
We ate our right out of the bowl but it would be good wrapped up in a piece of lettuce, stuffed in a pita, or in a sandwich.
What is your favorite thing to make with Thanksgiving leftovers??