Tarragon Turkey Salad


Confession: On Friday, when I fully expected to be eating Thanksgiving, Part Deux: The Reckoning, I instead awoke from a nap with a craving. Dave jumped into action hero mode and in less than 30 minutes, I was eating a double cheeseburger (no bun) from P. Terry’s with a side of fries that I sprinkled with truffle salt.

Yeah. I did that.

So I’m a little behind with my thoughts on what to do with turkey leftovers. This post is where I begin to try to make up for that.

Tarragon Turkey Salad is not innovative, but it is really freaking good. If you still have Thanksgiving turkey taunting you from the recesses of your fridge — or are feeling unmotivated to cook and just grabbed a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work — this is a yummy way to get said protein into your tummy and gobble it down. (Sorry! Thanksgiving puns die hard.)

Tarragon Turkey Salad

Prep 10 min | Serves 2

  • 8-10 ounces cooked leftover turkey (or chicken)

  • 1 apple, recommended: Granny Smith or Honeycrisp

  • 1 stalk celery

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 1/2 tablespoon champagne or cider vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon

  • 2 tablespoons homemade mayo

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • optional garnish: a few chopped pecans


Cut the turkey, apples, and celery into evenly-sized dice. Toss in a bowl with the shallot, vinegar, and tarragon.


Add mayo and gently toss with a rubber scraper until combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Top with a few pecans if you’re feeling like you really like yourself today.

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  • Carol says:

    Thanks, Melissa! I actually DO still have some turkey taunting me, and it better look out! Now to get some apples…

  • Renee says:

    30 minutes ago, I read this. Since then, I made a batch of mayo, put together all the ingredients above, ate them, licked the spoon (and bowl – nobody was looking) and have a batch of bone broth in the slow cooker with the chicken bones. It was incredibly tasty and productive 30 minutes!

  • Aimee Frederick says:

    Funny you post this. Thanks to Well Fed’s tips and techniques, I recently made up a chicken salad with similar ingredients:

    Diced grilled chicken breast (canned tuna is great too)
    Diced granny smith apple
    Diced red bellpepper
    Handful raisins
    1-2 Tbsp homemade mayo (your recipe)
    Squeeze of lemon juice
    Cracked black pepper
    Pecans for garnish

    Seriously can’t make a batch big enough because it is so freakin good!!!