Chopped Turkey Antipasto Salad and Thanksgiving Revisited

by jerseygirl on November 25, 2011 · 15 comments

Thanksgiving is over and my refrigerator is filled with leftovers. I am one of those people that does not like to waste food so tonight was creative leftover night. Even though I am not a food waster, I don’t care to eat the same thing for a few nights in a row. I barely make the same meal twice in a month so why would I want to eat turkey and all the trimmings for dinner again?  It was delicious for dinner yesterday but now I want something different.

With all the leftover antipasto we had, I decided to make a turkey  antipasto salad. Who says salami doesn’t go well with turkey? Eating a big salad tonight was very refreshing after the mounds of stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy I ate yesterday. The pie and cheesecake didn’t help either. This salad was not low calorie as it contained provolone cheese, pepperoni and salami. But it felt good to eat a bunch of greens with an oil and vinegar dressing. Chopping everything up in bite size pieces made it very easy to eat.

If you still have plenty of leftover turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes, here are some ideas to get you through the next few days:

Turkey Cobbler

Turkey Cranberry Strudel

 Mashed Potato Pancakes Recipe

Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben

Pasta With Cajun Style Creamy Greens and Sweet Potatoes 

Turkey Poblano Soup

Curried Turkey Salad

Turkey BLT with Balsamic Avocado Mayo

Chopped Turkey Anipasto Salad

3 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 plum tomato, chopped
3 slices cheese, chopped
2 slices salami, chopped
2 slices pepperoni, chopped
assorted chopped olives, artichokes and/or roasted peppers
1/2 cup leftover turkey, chopped
olive oil and balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together lettuce, tomato, cheese, salami, pepperoni, olives, artichokes, roasted peppers and turkey. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Toss and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Curt November 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Great looking salad. For me, a salad definitely needs to have meat in it.

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) November 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Oh, yes, a lighter option for turkey leftovers is most welcome after three days of eating. Don't know about your family, but mine goes right for the leftover stuffing first. When thta's all gone, they eat potatoes. And now, with those gone, we can finally get down to salads! Hope your family had a lovely holiday.

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Shop with Me Mama November 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

We don't have any leftovers because I send EVERYONE home with some, :)

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Zee November 27, 2011 at 2:08 am

Salad with meat = yummy yum!

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Angela November 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Sounds really excellent–the bummer about traveling is that we never have any leftover turkey.

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That Girl November 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Great use for leftovers!

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Mary November 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

The salad sounds wonderful! I also appreciate the other recipes you've provided for us. I hope your family had a wonderful holiday. Blessings…Mary

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The Japanese Redneck November 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

I don't waste food either. Sounds like some good uses for the leftovers.

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teresa November 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

i would honestly never think to make a salad with my leftover turkey, what a great idea!

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Dining Alone November 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

That salad looks perfect, need something a little lighter.

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Zesty Cook November 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Now this is an original idea for turkey leftovers! Crisp and cool, too, unlike Thanksgiving dinner. This would be a welcomed change after several days of hot turkey :)

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Mari @ Mari's Cakes November 29, 2011 at 1:37 am

Great Ideas! I love the salad, it looks delicious!

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Ciao Chow Linda November 29, 2011 at 11:24 am

If I had any leftovers, I'd be making a salad like this too!

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The Food Hunter December 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I think I will make this salad tonight

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