This turkey salad recipe is so easy and delicious that you’ll want to make it every week for your lunch!
Yum! Yes, yum! That’s what I hear when I bring this tasty turkey salad to potlucks or to relatives’ houses when we visit. And the funny thing is, it’s soooo easy to make. I mean, you buy a rotisserie turkey breast from the grocery store, bring it home, take it off the bone, cut it up, add a few ingredients and they act as though I slaved over an oven and roasted it myself.
Nope! I’ve only made a roasted turkey once in my life and that was many years ago, pretty early in our marriage. Christopher won a turkey from work and I took the nice-sized bird, did everything I thought I was supposed to do with it and roasted it. I remember thinking that I was so grown up, roasting my own turkey.
Wrong. Well, right, I was grown up but apparently not enough to roast a turkey. I remember eating it or at least attempting to and thinking, “Ewww, not like my mom’s.” I won’t go into details but let’s just say I used way too much butter. In my defense, my mom always cooked our turkeys and my job was to wrangle for the dark meat. Besides, Christopher and I were becoming vegetarians, though at the time of the failed turkey, we were still eating poultry and fish. But I hardly ever cooked meat. We’re no longer vegetarians but still I haven’t attempted a turkey again; hence, the store-bought rotisserie. It’s actually quite good. We’ve never had it as a meal, I’ve only made turkey salad with it.
Christopher usually separates the flesh from the bones. He’s really good at that. If I happen to be the one who does it, I’m not as particular. He wears disposable gloves from the hardware store and dives right in.
Everyone asks me what I put in it and it’s almost embarrassing because as I said before, it’s not much more than a few ingredients. Of course, I nod knowingly and say, “It’s a secret.” Actually no, I don’t say that. I always tell them what I goes into the turkey salad. I’ll put the recipe in the form below but I’ll tell you right now, it’s basically cut up turkey – you could also use rotisserie chicken but it’s more work for the same yield – a little salt and pepper, mayonnaise, tarragon and parsley. The end.
See? Easy-peasy. Sometimes we will make a sweet tasty turkey salad by leaving out the tarragon and putting in chopped dried cranberries and/or raisins and chopped cashews or some other nut. And if I’m feeling really adventurous, I put in some celery, though if I do that, I make sure the salad is eaten in a day or two as it gets a little watery.
Christopher will take turkey sandwiches to work, but I take it in a little container. In fact, the one in the first and last picture. I forgo the bread and eat it right out of the bowl. I also pack some cheese and some nice cut up cucumbers and tomatoes for a well rounded lunchie. I find that turkey salad soaks up the mayonnaise like a sponge, so I will add some to my container to perk it up. 🙂
If you make this tasty turkey salad, I hope you enjoy it as much as our friends and family.
May all your dishes be delish!
- 1 rotisserie Turkey breast from grocery store around 4 cups cut up into cubes
- 2 tablespoons of dried tarragon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of dried parsley
- 1 cup of mayonnaise or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper or to taste
- Pull the turkey off the bone
- Remove skin and anything you wouldn't want to put in your mouth
- Chop turkey into cubes (we cut it on the small side)
- Place turkey in a large enough bowl to mix
- Add mayo, tarragon, parsley, salt and pepper
- Mix all the above together