Turkey Waldorf Salad

Turkey Waldorf Salad is a riff on the classic Waldorf. It's filled with leftover turkey, apples, pecans, cranberries, and a honey mayo sour cream dressing.

Turkey Waldorf Salad
Elise Bauer

When it comes to planning a holiday feast, our family tends to have bigger eyes than stomachs, how about you? I don't know how we manage to do this every year, but between my parents and I, we make twice as much food as we need!

The benefit of going overboard of course is days of light cooking duties because of all of the leftovers.

Here's a quick and easy way to use up some of those turkey leftovers—a Turkey Waldorf Salad, with apples and celery like the classic Waldorf, but with toasted pecans instead of walnuts, and dried sweetened cranberries instead of grapes.

The salad comes together quickly with a sweet tangy honey mayo sour cream dressing.

Turkey Waldorf Salad

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings


For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

For the salad

  • 2 cups diced cooked turkey breast

  • 2 large red apples, cored and chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced celery

  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted pecans, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries

  • 2 green onions, finely chopped white and green parts (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme


  1. Make the dressing:

    Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar and honey.

  2. Gently mix dressing with salad ingredients:

    Place the salad ingredients—cooked turkey, chopped apple, celery, pecans, dried cranberries, green onion—in a large bowl. Gently fold in the dressing.

    Refrigerate until serving. Can make up to 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
267 Calories
16g Fat
17g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 267
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 128mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 331mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.