Toasted Turkey Cranberry Arugula Sandwich


Toasted turkey sandwich with arugula and cranberry. Many more turkey sandwich ideas from readers in the comments.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

It’s turkey season and this week we experimented with several different ways to make a turkey cranberry sandwich – grilled, plain, toasted, with cream cheese, with gruyere, etc. – in our what-are-we-having-for-lunch test kitchen.

The winner?

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Hands down favorite was simple sliced turkey breast with cranberry sauce and arugula, on toast with mayo and Dijon mustard.

What’s your favorite turkey sandwich? (Let us know in the comments)

Toasted Turkey Cranberry Arugula Sandwich Recipe


  • 2 slices French or Italian loaf bread, lightly toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Several slices of cooked turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons prepared cranberry sauce or cranberry relish
  • 1 handful of baby arugula leaves or watercress


Toast 2 slices of bread.

Spread mustard on one slice, mayo on the other.

To the slice with mustard, add the turkey breast, then the cranberry sauce, then the arugula leaves.

Top with the other slice of bread.

Cut in half.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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19 Comments / Reviews

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  1. rlearly

    I really like turkey with cranberry and camembert. Especially if you heat it up and melt the camembert.

  2. Eric

    There’s a German bakery/restaurant around here called Guglhupf that makes an incredible Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Apple Chutney Panini. Not too difficult to make on your own, and just incredible.

  3. ellison

    You can try a variation of turkey and cranberry with sprouts. I discovered these in Australia. Yum.

  4. Stephanie

    Another yummy sandwich:
    -Turkey (smoked is delish)
    -Sourdough (or any other yummy bakery bread)
    -Brie cheese, sliced
    -Cranberry sauce or Rasberry jelly or currant jelly
    -mixed greens

    The turkey, brie, and berries taste fabulous together.

  5. Hannah V.

    My favorite is nearly the same as Elise’s. This is the second year I’ve made your spicy cranberry sauce, and I’m so in love with it!

    So, I use that for the sauce, but replace the mustard with horseradish spread to get that kick. Sadly, no lettuce in the house, but its delicious nonetheless.

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