Leftover Turkey Salad – Easy Leftover Turkey Wraps

This is an easy recipe for leftover turkey salad. It’s a healthy way to use up leftover turkey and create a tasty meal or snack. I use lettuce to turn these into leftover turkey wraps, which adds extra flavour and makes it even healthier. A perfect boxing day salad after a Christmas day feast.

After Christmas or thanksgiving, we have so many leftovers and are normally eating them for days! At Christmas, I really want something healthy and fresh after the feast of Christmas day. These leftover turkey wraps are quick and so easy to make. They are so fresh and filled with herbs and lots of earthy flavours.

Leftover Turkey Salad wrap next to a spicy dipping sauce.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This Leftover Turkey Salad recipe is great for when you’re asking ‘what to do with leftover turkey’ and you can have a fresh and healthy meal on boxing day.
  • It can be easily tailor-made to include your favourite boxing day salad items.
  • If you like spicy food then add some fresh chillies to your leftover turkey lettuce wraps.
  • Leftover turkey wraps are the quicked meal to make. The longest part is chopping everything up.


How to Make
Top Tips
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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Top Questions for Leftover Turkey Salad

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Leftover Turkey Salad on a sharing platter.

Turkey Wrap Ingredients

Scroll down to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients.

Leftover Turkey

We always overestimate how much food we will need on Christmas day, and I am sure my family is not the only one. I hate wasting food so having a quick and healthy recipe to use up my leftover meat and salad is perfect. Just be sure that your turkey has been properly prepared and is still fresh.

Sweet Chilli

What makes this recipe so wonderful is the sweet chilli dipping sauce, it has a strong, slightly spicy flavour and pairs so well with the leftover roast turkey for the healthy salad wrap. I use sweet chilli in so many recipes because it’s just that good – try my sweet chilli sausage rolls here.

How to make Leftover Turkey Salad – step by step

Making the dipping sauce

soy sauce

Add the fish sauce to a small dipping bowl.

sweet chilli dipping sauce

Mix in the sweet chilli sauce.

spoonful of suagr for the dipping sauce

Add in the sugar and lime juice and give it a really good stir.

Assembling the leftover turkey salad wraps

I lay out the lettuce leaves first so they can dry and it also makes them easier to stack. I like laying them out in a star shape – why not it’s a Christmas food treat.

lettuce wrapped leftover turkey

Layer up all your favourite ingredients and dip them into the dipping sauce. You can use as much or little as you like. Add fresh chillies ad herbs if you want even more flavour.

Top Tips for Leftover Turkey Salad

  • All types of servings of leftover turkey work. Just make sure you remove it from the bone.
  • You can make the sauce ahead of time or at the moment you need it.
  • The leftover turkey salad wraps can be made ahead too. Just don’t dip them in the sauce yet.
a single Leftover Turkey Salad wrap with fresh chilli and tomato

Serving Suggestions for Leftover Turkey Salad

Make the leftover turkey salad wraps part of a sharing table of all your tasty leftovers. You could include freshly cooked bread, fresh fruit and other cold cuts.

Wrap them up in a lunch box and take them on a Boxing Day walk. Perfect to enjoy whilst seeing little ones playing with their new toys, and a great way to reduce your food waste.

Add extra hot sauce to your wraps to make them even fierier for a cold day. I especially enjoy Sriracha hot sauce; it’s made of a few different peppers and adds a wonderful kick without sacrificing flavour.

If you have fresh herbs, adding mint or coriander/cilantro adds an even more gorgeous flavour.

If you have any leftover cranberry sauce then try adding a little to the turkey lettuce wraps. It will add a tart fruitiness to the finished meal.


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Storing / Making ahead of time options

Once you have made this leftover turkey salad you can store it in the fridge or enjoy it straight away. The cold turkey salad will last for about 2 days in the fridge.

If you are making them ahead of time leave the dipping sauce separately.

Leftover turkey can be frozen if you are not planning to use it straight away. Just be sure that it is fully defrosted before you plan to make the leftover turkey salad.

Close up of the lettuce wrapped Leftover Turkey Salad with spicy dipping sauce and crust bread

Substitutions and variations

You can easily replace the turkey with leftover chicken, beef, goose or even pork. This recipe is signed to help you use up your leftovers, so you can adapt it to use what you have left on the fridge. I always have pigs in blankets left after the Christmas dinner so you could even add one of these to each turkey salad wrap.

Make it vegan by adding nut roast, falafel or tofu. Use up your Christmas day/ thanksgiving leftovers.


How can I make healthy turkey wraps for lunch on Boxing Day?

The best way to make healthy turkey wraps for lunch on Boxing Day is to use up leftover turkey slices, add lots of healthy salad and vegetables and wrap the whole thing in a lettuce leaf. I chose to use lettuce leaves to wrap up the turkey pieces to try and avoid bread but also to make it even healthier. It’s always a good way to make gluten-free turkey wraps.

How long is turkey salad good in the fridge?

Cooked turkey can easily last 3 days in the fridge if kept covered preferably in an air-tight container. If you are worried it’s been in the fridge too long it is better to be safe and throw it away. When it starts to go off it will smell off and become slightly greasy.

Leftover Turkey Salad with fresh chillies and carrot and tomato

What goes well with leftover turkey?

The best thing to go with leftover turkey have to be the super healthy leftover turkey salad or a leftover turkey wrap. Both offer a great healthy way to use up leftovers. Scroll down for the recipe.

How many calories are in a turkey salad?

There are approximately 153 calories in this turkey salad recipe per serving.

Want to make this leftover turkey recipe even more special?

To make this leftover turkey recipe even more special try adding a tablespoon of cranberry sauce to the dipping sauce. I promise you it’s worth it. The cranberry sauce is so delicious and works very well in this recipe.

How long can you keep turkey salad in the refrigerator? 

Turkey salad can last 2 to 3 days but for the best freshest salad enjoy on the day you make it. The lettuce will start to wilt and go soft. Leftover turkey lettuce wraps will still be edible but tastes better with a bit of crunch.

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Leftover Turkey Salad Wraps

Sisley White
This is an easy recipe for leftover turkey salad. It's a healthy way to use up leftover turkey and create a tasty meal or snack. I use lettuce to turn these into leftover turkey wraps, which adds extra flavour and makes it even healthier. A perfect boxing day meal after a Christmas day feast.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Nibbles, Party Food
Cuisine American, British, International
Servings 4 people
Calories 153 kcal


  • 2 pack little gem lettuce
  • 100 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 handful fresh mint (optional)
  • 1 handful coriander / cilantro (optional)
  • 200 g leftover turkey

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 lime
  • seasame seeds (optional)


Dipping Sauce

  • Mix all the 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar juice of 1 lime together until the sugar has dissolved and leave for later. I prefer to leave it at room temperature if I'm serving it soon but it can be left in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Making the leftover turkey salad wraps

  • Chop up the leftover turkey into strips or bite-size pieces.
  • Peel the leaves off the lettuce. Wash and dry them. Place them on a plate.
  • Chop up the remaining ingredients and place on a chopping board.
  • Start assembling the leftover turkey wraps. Add the turkey and the other ingredients on to the lettuce.
  • Serve and enjoy dipping it into the dipping sauce.


•This works perfectly for leftover goose, leftover beef and even nut roast.
•Use up as much or little leftover turkey for the wraps. This is great recipe you can make to taste.
•The dipping sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. I prefer to enjoy it at room temperature.
•If you have bread rolls or wraps you can pop everything into them if you want to add some extra carbs.


Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 16gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 863mgPotassium: 455mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3113IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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