Perfect Turkey Salad Sandwich Recipe

Turkey salad sandwich

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
619 Calories
25g Fat
59g Carbs
36g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 619
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 923mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 434mg 9%
*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.)

This turkey salad makes delicious sandwiches with your favorite rolls, buns, or bread. Serve turkey salad sandwiches with chips, fries, or a cup of soup for a delicious lunch or supper.

Lemon juice and a little chopped red onion add flavor to this easy, basic turkey salad while the optional parsley gives it color. It's a great way to use leftover turkey or bake a turkey breast or turkey tenderloins for this salad.

The turkey salad is delicious on toasted sub rolls, bulkie rolls, or hamburger buns with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. As a low carb option, you can always leave the bread out and serve it as a simple luncheon salad on lettuce leaves, baby spinach, or fresh spring greens. Slices of avocado, sliced pickles, or tomatoes would be excellent with the salad.

Serve sandwiches with potato chips or fries and sliced dill pickles for a delicious lunch or sandwich supper.


  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

  • 4 cups cooked turkey, diced

  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped, optional

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Lettuce leaves, optional

  • 8 to 12 slices bread or sandwich rolls, toasted if desired

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Turkey Salad Sandwich Ingredients
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  2. In a large bowl, combine celery, onion, turkey, and parsley, if using.

    Turkey, red onions, parsley, and celery in a bowl
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  3. Toss to blend ingredients.

    Turkey, red onions, parsley and celery mixed together in a bowl
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  4. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, and freshly ground black pepper.

    Mayonnaise and seasonings in a bowl
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  5. Stir into turkey mixture until blended, adding more mayonnaise if needed. Add salt, to taste.

    Turkey salad in a bowl
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  6. Line slices of bread or rolls with lettuce leaves, if desired, and fill with turkey mixture. 

    Turkey Salad on lettuce and bread
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  • If you don't have leftover turkey, bake some turkey tenderloins or a simple boneless turkey breast.
  • To roast turkey tenderloins, place a large sheet of foil in a baking pan. Place turkey tenderloins on the foil with a few slices of onions and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Brush with melted butter. Wrap in the foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Check for doneness with a food thermometer. The minimum safe temperature for poultry is 165 F (73.9 C).


  • Add some fresh herbs to the turkey salad mixture. Thyme, tarragon, and sage all go well with turkey.
  • For Cajun flavor, replace the salt and pepper with 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Taste and adjust the seasonings, as needed.
  • Add a handful of chopped toasted pecans to the turkey salad.
  • Add a few tablespoons of diced cooked and drained bacon or garnish the salad with some cooked crumbled bacon.