Smoked Turkey Salad

Turkey salad sandwich with turkey, celery, red grapes and onions on a croissant, sitting on a white square plate.

Leftover Smoked Turkey? 

This is a great way to use your leftover smoked turkey. You can also use roasted turkey, chicken, duck or any cooked poultry you have on hand. I don’t recommend canned chicken – There’s just something weird about that stuff. Don’t have leftovers? Go buy a rotisserie chicken, or some other cooked turkey or chicken. But someday you really should smoke a turkey and make this for you and your family. So, put it on your list because It’s amazing! 

Tired of cutting grapes one at a time?  

Well, now you don’t have to ever again. I learned this about 10 years ago, but never actually tried it until a couple of years ago when I was making smoked turkey salad using leftovers that I had from thanksgiving. 


The very first time I cut grapes this way I was showing off to a friend, but I had never actually done it. Pepé had no faith in me whatsoever, and I had no idea if I was going to be successful, but I just approached it with confidence and acted as if I had done this a hundred times before. I said, “watch and learn people”. I cut them all in half with one continuous slice, did a knife drop and walked away. Everyone including myself was stunned and their jaws were wide open. Afterwards, I came clean and explained that I had no idea if it was going to work or not, but had to give it a go. LOL

Great job… I knew you could do it.

Several red grapes cut into half on a square white plate

Chopped celery with a chef knife on a white cutting board.

Chopped smoked turkey, celery, onions and red grapes in a clear glass bowl with a nutcracker that looks like a chef in the foreground to the left.

Chop the rest of your ingredients and place them in a bowl. Season, add Mayonnaise and serve on a croissant, a bed of lettuce or right out of the bowl.

 Tired of Turkey for now? Freeze it for later.

Maybe you don’t want to eat more turkey this week. No big deal, freeze it in an air tight bag in 1-2 cup portions and eat it later. See below for some suggestions. 

Tomato Basil Chicken Tart 

Easy Chicken Stock 

Chicken Posolé (Pozole)

Deep Dish Turkey Pot Pie 

No Flip Chicken Quesadillas 

The Best Seafood & Chicken Gumbo 

Smoked Turkey Salad

Total Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 3 Cups Cooked Smoked Turkey white and dark meat chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Celery chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Red Seedless Grapes cut in half (link to video of me cutting grapes)
  • 1/2 Cup Onions chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Tarragon dried
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Chop smoked turkey, onions and celery into small pieces. Slice grapes in half (see video for easy way to cut all at once instead of one at a time). Combine all ingredients and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve on a croissant, a bed of lettuce or right out of the bowl.

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