From creamy pot pie soup that’s better than the crust-laden original, to the warm fall flavors of a cranberry, pecan and turkey salad, we’ve got 28 leftover turkey recipes to transform your holiday season.
Worried you’ll get sick of poultry? We’ve got enough variety in these leftover turkey recipes – think turkey and sweet potato fritters with jalapeño cranberry jelly, Thai turkey curry, and Tex-Mex turkey skillets – to avoid any Thanksgiving leftover rut.
Rainbow Turkey Salad
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Perfectly crackly turkey skin and its succulent meat are complemented by pomegranate arils, red onion and avocado in this perfect day-after-Thanksgiving lunch.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Roasted Turkey Salad
Turkey Pot Pie Soup
How do you make turkey soup even better? You make it ultra-rich and creamy with the addition of heavy cream or coconut cream for a strictly dairy-free version.
Recipe: Ancestral Nutrition | Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Thanksgivingukkah Double Down
Sweet potato latkes serve as the sandwich bread for this culture-fusing piece of food art.
Recipe: Food 52 | Thanksgivingukkah Double Down
Fall Harvest Turkey and Pear Salad
Crisp, cool, crunchy and packed with autumnal flavors – what’s not to like about this salad?
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Fall Harvest Turkey and Pear Salad
The Best Leftover Turkey Soup
Need a recipe that uses up all that leftover turkey? Keep things warm, cozy and sustainable with this leftover turkey soup – it even uses the carcass for a richer flavor.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Best Leftover Turkey Soup
Chili is the perfect vehicle to absorb most leftover meats, and this turkey version is no exception.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Turkey Chili
Warm Turkey Cranberry Walnut Salad
Chock full of autumn flavors and alternating creamy and crunchy, this salad will satisfy your taste buds and your texture cravings.
Recipe: Paleo Running Momma | Warm Turkey Cranberry Walnut Salad
If you’re burnt out on holiday-style dinners post-Thanksgiving, give this turkey curry a try. It’s just different enough to give the holidays some variety.
Recipe: Great British Chefs | Leftover Turkey Curry
Paleo Turkey and Vegetable Soup
A variety of vegetables – like yams, carrots and celery – keep this turkey soup light but warming when you’re too stuffed to fit in anything indulgent.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Paleo Turkey and Vegetable Soup
Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash
A breakfast-worthy blend of crispy sweet potatoes and pan-griddled turkey, bacon and spices.
Recipe: Fine Cooking | Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash
Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
This Shepherd’s Pie uses mashed cauliflower in place of the white potatoes for a guilt-free, warm and cozy dinner.
Recipe: Paleo in PDX | Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
Turkey Avocado BLT Salad
Join two American classics – Thanksgiving turkey and the BLT – in one nutritious and filling salad.
Recipe: Pink When | Turkey Avocado BLT Salad
Turkey Bone Broth
Turn your turkey carcass into a healing and tasty bone broth to sip any time of the day or to serve as a meal base.
Recipe: Rodale Wellness | Turkey Bone Broth
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Bolognese
This is another one of those recipes that transforms Thanksgiving turkey into a completely different type of meal. Try this when holiday food is the farthest from your mind.
Recipe: Cindy’s Table | Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Bolognese
Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich
Opt for a Paleo hummus – like our buttery cauliflower hummus, or double down with the sweet potato with our spicy sweet potato hummus – and use leftover turkey instead of deli-sliced, and you’ve got yourself a delectable sandwich.
Recipe: Healthy Nibbles and Bits | Sweet Potato Turkey Sandwich
Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad
Opt for Paleo mayo or Greek yogurt to make this creamy, cool lunch salad post-Thanksgiving.
Recipe: The Healthy Maven | Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Salad
Chipotle Turkey Fritters with Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce
Transform your nearly entire Thanksgiving dinner with this recipe, which uses up leftover turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Recipe: The Whole Smiths | Chipotle Turkey Fritters with Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce
Paleo Turkey Hash
Packed with turkey, pumpkin (or a squash of your choice), this is the ideal breakfast for the morning after Thanksgiving.
Recipe: Elana’s Pantry | Paleo Turkey Hash
Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles
A Thanksgiving-leftover update to the heartwarming classic chicken noodle soup.
Recipe: Kalyn’s Kitchen | Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles
Turkey Thai Curry
If the other Indian-style turkey curry isn’t your jam, give this lemongrass-infused Thai version a try. Replace brown sugar with coconut sugar and serve over cauliflower rice to keep this recipe strictly Paleo.
Recipe: Simply Stacie | Turkey Thai Curry
Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata
Remarkably simple and tasty, this is the post-Thanksgiving breakfast for when you can’t fathom any more elaborate cooking.
Recipe: Skinny Taste | Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata
Carrot Ginger Turkey Soup
Need a simple, soul-warming soup with a unique twist? Try this leftover turkey and carrot soup with fresh ginger for a bit of a kick.
Recipe: Paleo Porn | Carrot Ginger Turkey Soup
Creamy Turkey Broccoli Casserole
A Paleo take on chicken divan – a cream-sauce laden American classic – this turkey and broccoli version is the ultimate comfort dinner.
Recipe: Eat Drink Paleo | Creamy Turkey Broccoli Casserole
Tex-Mex Turkey Skillet
Give your leftover turkey the Tex-Mex treatment with this spicy, savory dinner.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Tex-Mex Turkey Skillet
Fruity Turkey Curry
Another unique take on Thanksgiving leftovers, this curry is infused with the flavors of pineapple, coconut, banana and apple.
Recipe: Great British Chefs | Fruity Turkey Curry
3-Ingredient Leftover Turkey Stew
For when you just can’t cook any more, throw these three ingredients into a Dutch oven and let it go.
Recipe: Nerdy Mamma | 3-Ingredient Leftover Turkey Stew
Turkey, Broccoli and Mashed Cauliflower Layered Casserole
Not quite a Shepherd’s Pie, this layered casserole is an easy, tasty way to get more vegetables in without realizing it.
Recipe: Living Loving Paleo | Turkey, Broccoli and Mashed Cauliflower Layered Casserole
Turkey, Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup
Simple and nutrient-packed, this soup lets you use up your leftover turkey while still fitting into your pants this holiday season.
Recipe: Plaid and Paleo | Turkey, Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup
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