Leftover Turkey Salad Lettuce Wraps

Leftover turkey lettuce wraps

​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
913 Calories
43g Fat
13g Carbs
113g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 913
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 385mg 128%
Sodium 952mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 113g
Calcium 193mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It happens every year. You make a giant 28-pound turkey for a family of eight and... surprise! It doesn't all get eaten. Now, you're left with a pile of leftover turkey breast and all the dark meat that only a few people will touch. What to do?

Everyone loves a Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich, but there's only so much turkey soup you can stuff in your freezer, leftover pizza you can make, and turkey burritos you can enjoy. Sometimes, you need something new and fresh, that doesn't taste like the heavy meal you just consumed. 

That's where these turkey salad lettuce wraps come into play. Fresh, crispy butter lettuce leaves, sharp cheddar cheese, and a homemade cranberry mustard turn the leftover bird into a lightened-up dinner.

The best part is, you can easily make this turkey salad right after Thanksgiving and keep it in the fridge for a few days. If you want a little variety, this salad is also delicious on whole wheat toast or on top of a traditional salad.


  • For the Wraps:
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover roasted turkey meat
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 scallion (chopped)
  • 10 butter lettuce leaves (romaine will also work)
  • For the Cranberry Mustard:
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard (or Dijon)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Leftover turkey lettuce wrap
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh
  2. Shred or chop the roasted turkey meat into bite-sized pieces. 

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  3. Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 

    Whisk sour cream
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh
  4. Add the shredded turkey, sharp cheddar cheese and scallions. Stir to completely combine and coat the chicken. Cover and place in the refrigerator while preparing the cranberry mustard.

    Add shredded turkey
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the frozen cranberries and water. Heat on medium low for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the cranberries have burst and are softened. 

    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh
  6. Add the mustard and maple syrup to the cranberries and stir to combine. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. 

    Add maple syrup
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh
  7. Remove the cranberry mixture from the heat. Use an immersion blender to blend the ingredients until completely smooth, then add salt to taste. Cool the mustard in the refrigerator.

    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh
  8. Place about a 1/3 cup of the turkey mixture in each butter lettuce leaf and drizzle with the cranberry mustard. 

    Mixture in lettuce
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  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Wrap turkey
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh


  • We recommend allowing the turkey salad mixture to sit for an hour or two, so the flavors meld nicely before creating your wraps.