The history of curried turkey salad is not well documented, but it is believed to have originated in the United States as a way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. The dish has become popular because it is a tasty and creative way to use up leftover turkey, and it can be easily customized to suit individual tastes.

The common ingredients in curried turkey salad include cooked and chopped or shredded turkey, mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt, curry powder, honey, lime juice, diced red onion, and chopped fresh cilantro. Other possible ingredients include diced celery, chopped apple, sliced almonds, or raisins. These ingredients are mixed together to create a creamy and flavorful salad that can be served as a sandwich or wrap filling, or as a stand-alone main course salad.


Course Poultry
Servings 8


  • 4 cups cooked turkey chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lettuce leaves for serving


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, curry powder, honey, and lime juice.
  • Add the chopped turkey, red onion, and cilantro to the bowl and stir to combine.
  • Season the salad with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  • To serve, arrange lettuce leaves on a platter or individual plates and spoon the curry turkey salad on top.
  • Enjoy!


You can also customize this recipe to your taste preferences by adding other ingredients, such as chopped apples, raisins, or almonds. Serve this salad as a sandwich or wrap filling, or enjoy it as a light and refreshing main course salad.

When serving curried turkey salad, it is common to serve it on a bed of lettuce or as a sandwich or wrap filling. Slices of bread or rolls, as well as pita bread or tortillas, make good options for sandwich or wrap bread. The salad can also be served with a side of fresh fruit, such as grapes or berries, or with a simple side salad made with mixed greens and a vinaigrette dressing.

In summary, curried turkey salad is a popular and delicious way to use up leftover turkey. Its common ingredients include cooked turkey, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, curry powder, honey, and lime juice, and it is typically served as a sandwich or wrap filling or as a main course salad. It can be easily customized with additional ingredients and is often served with a side of fresh fruit or a simple side salad.