Memory Morsels:

Chicken & turkey breast, eggs & low-fat milk are excellent sources of vitamin B12 which is an important protein to maintain cognitive skills.

Deconstructed Turkey Dinner Salad

Deconstructed Turkey Dinner Salad Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Serves: 4


  • 1 cup - cooked dark turkey meat
  • 1/2 cup - turkey gravy
  • 1/4 cup - cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup - red wine
  • 2 - whole wheat dinner rolls
  • 4 TBSP - extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP - apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TSP - honey dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and pepper


  1. 1 This recipe is an excellent way to use leftover turkey meat, especially dark meat!
  2. 2 Pre-heat over to 325F.
  3. 3 Loosely tear dinner rolls into ½ inch pieces and line on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5 – 8 minutes, tuning once, until warm and crisp. Turn the oven off, but leave the dinner rolls in the oven until ready to serve.
  4. 4 Pull leftover turkey meat apart so it’s in small pieces. In a medium sauté pan, warm turkey meat with a bit of leftover gravy (to make a quick braise) or, a bit of liquid (vegetable stock or water). Cook over medium heat until the liquid has absorbed into the meat. In a small pot, simmer cranberry sauce over medium high heat and add red wine to thin out the sauce.
  5. 5 Make the salad dressing by whisking olive oil, vinegar, honey Dijon and salt and pepper until fully combined. Set aside. On a plate, top arugula with a bit of turkey and homemade croutons, then drizzle with cranberry sauce. Serve immediately.


You could purchase turkey breast and bake for 20 minutes before beginning this recipe, though the best way to make this salad entrée is with leftovers from your last turkey dinner celebration.
You can use regular croutons in place of dinner rolls.
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