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Paleo-Friendly Leftover Turkey and Apple Fall Salad

This leftover turkey and apple fall salad is the perfect paleo meal to make with leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Add apples, walnuts, cranberries, and this phenomenal dressing to transform your holiday leftovers!

I love Thanksgiving! It’s the perfect time to stop and remember what I’m thankful for… family, friends, and a God who loves me even when I am a mess and life’s not going just as I’d like!

Growing up my mom always picked the largest turkey for Thanksgiving. It didn’t matter how many people were joining us, we were getting a big turkey!

And the next several days, we could plan on leftover turkey everything!! We’d have sandwiches, salads, everything… all with the leftover turkey.

So, while Thanksgiving reminds me of time with my family, it also brings back good (and bad!) memories of leftover turkey galore!

We became very creative with leftover turkey!

How Do I Use Leftover Turkey in a Salad?

So, if you’re like our family… looking for a way to use that leftover turkey this year…. or if you just love turkey salads, here’s an amazing paleo-friendly and healthy fall recipe that will use up some of that leftover turkey!

This seasonal salad is the perfect, healthy option after indulging in a big holiday meal.

But the dressing recipe for this salad is the star of the dish! The pomegranate, mustard, and maple syrup dressing mix works perfectly over this fall salad. Yum!

Apples, turkey, walnuts, and cranberries lined up

Ingredients for the Paleo-friendly Leftover Turkey Salad


Of course, you’ll need leftover turkey! Or you can always cook turkey breasts for this recipe!


Apples are fortunately easy to find this time of the year! And they add a perfect crunch to the salad! Use whatever apple you like best. For this recipe, we used gala apples.

(Looking for some other great fall recipes? Try these Paleo Apple Cookies or the full list of our Paleo Apple Recipes!)

Dried Cranberries

If you’re following a paleo diet, make sure you get paleo-compliant dried cranberries. You can find them at most any health food store.


Walnuts are a great addition to this fall salad!

Dressing Ingredients

Pomegranate juice, stone-ground mustard, and maple syrup mix together to make the most delicious dressing! It is definitely the star of the dish!

You can always pick a different type of mustard, but make sure it’s paleo compliant if you follow a paleo diet.

Leftover Turkey Salad

This paleo-friendly leftover turkey and apple salad is a healthy option after indulging in Thanksgiving holiday food.
Servings: 1 person


  • Bed of Arugala
  • 2-3 oz Cooked Turkey, shredded
  • 1 medium Apple, cored and diced
  • ¼ cup Cranberries
  • ¼ cup Walnuts, cut into pieces
  • 1.5 tbsp Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tbsp Stone Ground Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup


  • Arrange the lettuce, turkey, pieces of apple, cranberries, and walnuts on the salad.
  • Mix the pomegranate juice, mustard, and maple syrup in a small dish. Drizzle the dressing over the salad as desired.


If you do not have stone-ground mustard, other mustards will do. Just make sure to always look out for added ingredients if you are following a paleo diet.

Looking for a healthy, paleo-compliant summer salad? Check out our Grapefruit Chicken Salad with Sweet Mint Dressing. The dressing makes this salad irresistible!

You are going to love this delicious leftover turkey fall salad. You may even find yourself craving it all year long!

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Terra Booth
2 years ago

This looks so good! I always manage to end up with a very large turkey as well and there are usually only my daughter and myself eating it!! Always happy to find another way to use up the leftovers!!

7 months ago

I used a different dressing but I had this salad last night for dinner and plan to repeat tonight.It was SO good!