Crunchy Healthy Turkey Salad Recipe

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This easy and Healthy Turkey Salad recipe with a Tahini dressing is the perfect balance of colourful, crunchy and creamy. It requires only a few ingredients and comes together in as little as 10 mins.

Suitable for Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Keto diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

close up of crunchy turkey salad with veggies and turkey

Is there anything better than a healthy Turkey Salad, all dolled up with crunchy rainbow salad and completed with the creamiest tahini salad dressing you can whip up?

Nope.

But yes. Because it is sooooooo easy to make, that it really should be a non-recipe recipe. But it is too good not to share and I am all about sharing the food love with you guys.

Even better you may have a stash of leftover turkey or leftover chicken to use up after Thanksgiving, Christmas or just because you do. Whatever your reason, this makes a great Thanksgiving salad, Christmas salad or a great lunch box treat.

slad full of colourful veggies and turkey

Crunchy Turkey Salad Recipe : The Need To Know

 Here’s what should you know about this Crunchy Turkey Salad.

  • Leftover turkey – this has got you covered.
  • Crunchy colourful veggies – packed full of nutrients and goodness – yeeeessssss.
  • Minimal prep – and super easy to make so another yeeeeessssss.
  • Highly adaptable – add all the veggies YOU love.
  • Low carb and healthier – esp useful for when we need to reduce those calories

Plus…..

  • Creamy yet dairy-free dressing – face plant worthy.
  • Feeds a crowd – aka just double up and go.
  • Prep ahead– and serve when needed.
  • Highly adaptable – with some ideas below.
  • Meal prep – and you can eat it aaaaaaaaaaallll week long.

I just want to wax lyrical about this creamy tahini dressing. This dressing is super versatile and can be added to EVERYTHING. You can use it as a salad dressing, a dipping sauce, drizzle over some soup and stuff in a sandwich with tons of veggies or meat.

Or if you are like me, just scoop it out of the bowl and directly into my mouth.

Yeap, it is that good.

Turkey Salad Recipe Materials

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Here are some of the items you will need to make this recipe.

How to Make Turkey Salad

Ok so wait for this

  1. Add salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.

Then wait for the salad dressing. See how easy that was.

ingredients for turkey salad recipe - carrots, turkey, scallions, radishes, sesame seeds, peppers

How to Make Tahini Dressing

  1. Make the salad dressing by adding all the ingredients into a blender and blend till creamy.
  2. Then to bring your colourful Turkey Salad all together, Add half the salad dressing into the salad and toss. Taste and add more dressing as required.

Tahini dressing collage

Just look at that lush Tahini dressing..

close up of tahini dressing

 

Leftover Turkey Salad Tips

  • Feel free to use the shredding attachment of a food processor or use a mandolin to shred your veggies. This makes life much quicker.
  • However, a sharp knife and a cutting board work just as well if a little longer.

Plus……

  • Feel free to use other veggies to your – cucumber, brussels sprouts, celery, raw cauliflower etc can all work. The more the merrier
  • You can easily swap the turkey for chicken if you prefer.
  • You can try and almond butter dressing instead.

How Long Will Turkey Salad Last In The Fridge

This Turkey Salad will last about 4 days in the fridge.

Turkey Salad with Grapes and Apples

You can totally make this a Turkey Salad with grapes and apples. Simple add in some sliced sweet apple slices and sweet grape slices too.

Turkey Salad with Cranberries

Ooooh for a festive twist to this salad, add in a few sweetened cranberries. But just realise that this will change the calories in the recipe.

crunchy colourful turkey salad in meal prep bowls

Meal Prep Turkey Salad Recipe

Taking the time to meal prep at the beginning of the week is a great way to save time when it really counts on those busy weekdays. You can easily keep your family fueled throughout the week by packing healthy, wholesome and tasty lunches.

And Crunchy Turkey Salad Recipe really is the ideal meal prep ingredient. It is sooooo is fast and easy to make up a batch to use for meal prep at the beginning of the week.

And since it will stay fresh and tasty stored in the fridge all week long, you can make up all sorts of wholesome meals that will be ready to go just when you need them most.

Meal Prep Storage Solutions

There are many different storage options available, but these are the ones I come back to again and again and work best for all my meal prep needs.

  • Glass Meal Prep Containers with 1 and 2 Compartments – Having 2 compartments is perfect for those build-it-yourself lunchbox ideas, or when you prefer to keep flavourful items separate. And single compartment containers are just the thing for making up meal prep bowls. These glass meal prep containers are freezable, microwavable, and dishwasher safe.
  • Reusable sauce cups with lids – to keep your food from getting soggy, it is important to store salad dressings and salsa, etc. separate from the other food until mealtime. The 1-ounce size will right inside the larger glass containers.
  • Reusable Utensils there are lots of cute, packable reusable utensil sets to choose from. Some even come tucked inside a cloth napkin.
  • Reusable Water Bottlestay hydrated and healthy with these fun portable water bottles.
  • Insulated Lunch Bag – pack up your glass container, utensils and water bottle in this insulated and easy to carry bag and head out the door!

close up of turkey salad recipe with colourful veggies, almonds and pecans

What to Serve with Turkey Salad

That depends on if you are hungry or serving it as a side. But here are a few suggestions

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup With Apple.

Roasted Cashew Nuts for extra crunch.

Weight Watchers Points 

For this Turkey Salad recipe, there are:

  • 4 Freestyle points per serving.

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Healthy Turkey Salad

Healthy Turkey Salad
Prep Time8 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450g) turkey breast sliced
  • 1/2 head red cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 head white cabbage shredded
  • 1 bell pepper de-seeded and finely sliced
  • 1 large carrot cut into matchsticks
  • 2 bell peppers de-seed and finely sliced
  • 6 radishes finely sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions (scallions/spring onions), finely sliced
  • 4 tbsp chopped cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp toasted nuts optional

Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup (120 ml) tahini
  • 1/4 cup (120 ml) water (or more as needed)
  • ¼ (60 ml) cup lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Sweetener to taste or maple syrup if not low- carb
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Add salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Make the salad dressing by adding all the ingredients into a blender and blend till creamy.
  • Add half the salad dressing into the salad and toss. Taste and add more dressing as required.
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Notes

What to Serve with Turkey Salad
That depends on if you are hungry or serving it as a side. But here are a few suggestions:
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup With Apple.
Roasted Cashew Nuts for extra crunch.
Leftover Turkey Salad Tips
  • Feel free to use the shredding attachment of a food processor or use a mandolin to shred your veggies. This makes life much quicker.
  • However, a sharp knife and a cutting board work just as well if a little longer.
  • Feel free to use other veggies to your – cucumber, brussels sprouts, celery, raw cauliflower etc can all work. The more the merrier
  • You can easily swap the turkey for chicken if you prefer.
Weight Watchers Points
There are 4 Freestyle Points in a serving of this Crunchy Healthy Turkey Salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4495IU | Vitamin C: 149.2mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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