The Best Leftover Turkey Salad

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It’s always a dilemma what on earth to do with all the leftover turkey, right? Can’t face another roast dinner? This keto friendly warm turkey salad fits the bill nicely and will feel like a totally different meal from your Christmas dinner thanks to the warming spices and orange zest.

This low-carb turkey salad is loaded with healthy fats and full of goodness. It’s not just for Christmas though, you can make this nutritious salad at any time of the year and replace the cooked turkey with either turkey steaks or some left over roast chicken.

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs6.9 grams
Protein25 grams
Fat37.4 grams
Calories474 kcal

Calories from carbs 6%, protein 22%, fat 72%

Total carbs12.6 gramsFiber5.7 gramsSugars2.6 gramsSaturated fat11 gramsSodium521 mg(23% RDA)Magnesium101 mg(25% RDA)Potassium762 mg(38% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or duck fat (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 250 g roast leftover turkey (8.8 oz)
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp pistachios (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds (25 g/ 0.9 oz)
  • 100 g watercress (3.5 oz)
  • 80 g arugula (rocket) (2.8 oz)
  • 3 tbsp chopped mint
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander
  • Optional: 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (22 g/ 0.8 oz)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (15 ml)
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice (45 ml)
  • small piece of ginger, grated (40 g/ 1.4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (15 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste


  1. Place half of the ghee into a saucepan and heat on a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes until soft.
  2. Mix all the dressing ingredients together.
    The Best Leftover Turkey Salad
  3. Add about 1/2 of the dressing to the onions and sauté for another 2 minutes until they become a little sticky.
    The Best Leftover Turkey Salad
  4. Add the remaining half of the ghee into to a pan. Add the turkey and spices and sauté for 3-5 minutes until warm and crisp.
  5. Place the pistachios and pumpkin seeds in a dry frying pan and gently toast on a medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes until golden. Remove from the heat and pan. Allow to cool.
    The Best Leftover Turkey Salad
  6. Place the leaves on a serving platter. Toss with the herbs remaining dressing, turkey, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate (optional), slices of avocado, and feta.
    The Best Leftover Turkey Salad
  7. It tastes best when served fresh but can be stored in the fridge for 1 day.
    The Best Leftover Turkey Salad

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Onion, red, fresh
0.7 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Turkey, whole, meat and skin, cooked, roasted
0 g17.8 g4.6 g118 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Cumin, ground
0.1 g0 g0.1 g1 kcal
Coriander seed, ground
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Pistachio nuts, unsalted
0.6 g0.8 g1.7 g22 kcal
Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
0.3 g1.8 g3 g34 kcal
Watercress, fresh
0.2 g0.6 g0 g3 kcal
Rocket (arugula), fresh
0.4 g0.5 g0.1 g5 kcal
Mint, fresh
0.2 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Coriander (cilantro), fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Avocado, fresh
0.9 g1 g7.4 g80 kcal
Feta cheese
0.5 g1.8 g2.7 g33 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Sesame oil
0 g0 g3.4 g30 kcal
Lime juice, fresh
0.7 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Ginger root, fresh
1.6 g0.2 g0.1 g8 kcal
Orange peel (zest), fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
6.9 g25 g37.4 g474 kcal
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