Recipe: Turkey apple pie salad

by Julie Snyder

Turkey Apple Pie SaladTired of the same old salad every day? Have a house full of people who visibly cringe at the mention of turkey...again? This make-ahead dish, with a kid-friendly name can solve both your problems.

It's a spin-off a common mayonnaise-based, apple salad, but we livened it up and made it more nutritious.

And you were afraid you'd have to spray paint the turkey and hang it up as a decoration to get rid of it. Nope! The whole family will gobble up this batch of leftovers!

Turkey apple pie salad

Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 4 1/2 hours | Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cups of cooked turkey, cubed
• 2 cups celery, chopped
• 2 cups apples, chopped
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
• salt and pepper to taste
• lettuce leaves
• 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, celery, apple, and raisins.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add to turkey mixture and toss to coat. If it seems too thick, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk to thin and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Place lettuce leaves on individual plates. Divide salad evenly among plates and sprinkle with cheese.

Cook's note

Fall salads might not seem complete without a sprinkle of nuts. Go ahead, embrace your nutty side and add a healthy, handful of pecans or walnuts.

OR you can give it a distinct Thanksgiving flair classic bound salad using fresh cranberries and orange juice in the dressing and topping with cashews.

What's your favorite after Thanksgiving turkey dish?

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